Why has online learning, or 'distance learning', become so popular?
With over 4 million students enrolled in online schools and universities (and that number is growing 30% per year), there are many compelling reasons for attending a 'digital' classroom at CU Denver.
Top Advantages to Online Learning at CU Denver:
- You can mix and match online and on campus. All CU Denver professors who teach online, also teach on campus. However, not all on campus professors teach online, so you can tailor your schedule based on professors as well as your own availability.
- You can "attend" a course at anytime, from anywhere. Among other things, this means: you can attend classes regardless of your work schedule, you can spend time with your family, if you travel (for business or pleasure) you can attend class from anywhere in the world that has internet access.
- Course material is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You have the ability to read and re-read lectures, discussions, and explanations; and you have the opportunity to take your time composing your thoughts.
- Class participation is important. In an online course, attendance is usually monitored by discussion participation, which by its nature, helps facilitate interaction and diversity of opinion.
- You choose when you're fully ready to learn. Past students often comment that online learning lets them attend class when fully awake and attend in increments of convenient time blocks.
- There's a great opportunity for bonding and camaraderie because online courses offer "chat rooms", which are conducive for you and your peers to discuss the subject but also non-class related topics as well.
- There's also a great opportunity for networking and group projects. Online classrooms can help facilitate team learning by providing chatrooms and newsgroups for meetings/joint work, which are accessible based on your own schedule.
- You can connect with your professors. As a traditional brick and mortar university, you can always come to campus for office hours, or if you prefer, you can talk with your teachers through online chats, email and in group discussions.