Education is powerful no matter your age. Perhaps this the reason that seniors are deciding to go back to school to improve their 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. 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 there is an internet connection. As such, seniors do not have to go through the hassle of traveling between school and home. Notably, senior students often have families and perhaps jobs. Therefore, it is impossible move into campus dorms. Fortunately, students only need a computer and internet connection. They can take classes from their bedrooms or 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 require learners to stay closer to the school so that they can attend class. Fortunately, online classes can be taken anywhere and from any internet-connected device. The online choice allows seniors to attend class without having to step foot in the classroom. In addition, online classes allow learners to move at their own pace, making it ideal for adult learners.
Let’s say you want to enroll for a degree course but the institution is 200 miles away from your home. You only have two choices: either you live near the institution or you have to drive back and forth every day. Either way, you will spend a lot of money in rent or fuel. Fortunately, online classes can take place anywhere so there is no need to travel to school. This is a huge opportunity to save on costs.