Pretty much all online learning is self-paced and for individuals with busy schedules and in full-time employment this is a huge advantage, as they’re free to progress through a course’s learning material at their own pace and based on their schedule.
While tutors may suggest working speeds and add a few deadlines to ensure students are on track, these are not set in stone and students are not obliged to follow them. Therefore, students can set their own pace for learning, being able to revisit lessons they need more clarity and understanding of, or simply skipping over those they already have a good grasp of.
Contrastingly, in transition classrooms, since the tutor needs to guide the entire class through all the learning material at a set speed which represents the majority of students’ learning speed, this can result in some students being left behind, while others may be bored and uninterested.
So, online learning and the ability to be self-paced keeps learners engaged throughout the entire learning journey, which justifies the high student retention rates.
5) Increased Learning Opportunities
Most online learning providers will offer students a wider range of courses to choose from to study, depending on the skills and knowledge they’d like to develop, which wouldn’t otherwise be as accessible in physician learning environments.
This is usually the case since certain learning programmes require a minimum number of students registered for a course to run, in order to justify the costs of maintaining a physical classroom setting.
Contrastingly, online lessons can be recorded and uploaded for students to access at any point, also cutting down running costs, while having a wider pool of students when not being location-bound.
Not only that but through online learning, students develop useful skills that can benefit them in their ongoing professional development. Skills such as self-discipline, organisation, time management, and motivation are all essential skills for online learning, which can also be applied to their profession since they correlate with some of the skills expected by HR and L&D managers.