Flexibility in location: There is no need to travel to attend classes. This can save both time and money for busy students.
Flexibility in time: Although classes are run on a weekly format, the work can be done at the students’ convenience throughout the week. Due dates are given early in the class so the student can budget time to complete the assignments. Scheduling events and study times can be much easier with online classes.
Work/family life balance: Attending school online offers working adults and parents the benefit of remaining employed and allows for more time with their families.
Diversity: Students can interact with other students in many different areas of the state, country or even the world. This will allow for diversity among cultures, viewpoints and experiences, thus enabling students to learn from each other in a collaborative and interactive environment.
Technology: Students will become proficient in the use of many diverse technological tools throughout the program. These skills will enhance students’ marketability in the workplace as well as in future careers.
Collaboration: Taking online classes in a virtual environment allows for collaboration among peers. Group assignments, projects and synchronous class times offers students the opportunity to voice their opinions and perspectives, as well as learn from the wealth of experiences from their peers. Interaction and teamwork is vital in the workplace. These types of collaborations hones skills for future employment.
Self-Discipline: Due to the nature of the online environment, students must have self-discipline in completing assignments and meeting deadlines. This type of discipline enhances one’s reliability and independence, thus showcasing his or her dedication to the faculty, as well as to future or current employers.
Real life application: Attending a virtual professional program allows for real life experiences and potential workplace scenarios to be incorporated into the classroom. Students can incorporate their experiences into their assignments and discussions, thus adding value to what they are learning.