Education is powerful no matter what age one is. Perhaps this the reason behind seniors opting to go back to class to get some education. Between 1970 and 2010, the number of seniors going back to college increased by 194.7%, according to data by the Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri.
According to an article in Forbes Magazine, adult learners made up the biggest share of people seeking degrees in the US as of 2018. Interestingly, these learners are opting for online courses to acquire those degrees. In fact, some universities are setting up campuses aimed exclusively at adult learners, according to a Wall Street Journal report. However, the online platform remains ideal for senior learners. Here is why.
Learners in online courses can take classes from anywhere, as long as there is an internet connection. As such, seniors do not have to go through the hassle of traveling back and forth between school and home. Notably, senior students are people who have families and, perhaps, jobs. Therefore, it is impossible to consider moving to campus dorms. Fortunately, the leaners only need a computer and internet connection and they can take classes even from their bedrooms, or in the office.
Online classes are practical
Seniors have a myriad of constraints when it comes to attending classes in brick-and-mortar environments. Notably, traditional classrooms would require learners to stay closer to the school so that they can be in class when needed. Fortunately, online classes can be taken anywhere and from any internet-connected device. The online choice sounds more practical because it allows seniors to attend class without having to step foot in traditional classes. In addition, online classes allow learners to move at their own pace, making it ideal for adult learners.
Let us say you want to enroll for a degree course but the institution is 200 miles away from your home. You only have two choices for you to attend classes. First, you take up a house near the institution or, second, you drive back and forth every day. Either way, you will spend a lot in terms of rent or fuel for the car. Fortunately, online classes can happen anywhere hence no need to travel to school. This is a huge opportunity to save on costs.