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Online or Blended Learning: Which Is Better For You?

Published: July 16, 2018 | Updated: November 10, 2020

If you’ve decided now is the time to go back to school, you’re in luck. This is the best time yet to further your education in a way that can fit your needs and your lifestyle. Instead of relying on an on-campus only format, you can learn online or opt for a blended learning format. At schools like Charter College, you have some flexibility. You can choose an online program, or find one that couples online learning with classroom instruction.

So how do you know if online or blended learning is best for you? Here are some factors to consider.


Why Online Learning Might Be Best for You


You Can Learn Anytime


Courses that are completely online may be ideal for you if you have children, a full-time job, or a busy life that doesn’t give you a chance to get to campus at all. That’s because fully online programs give you the flexibility to decide when and where you learn. You’ll still have to meet assignment deadlines and take tests, but the online format often lets you decide when you do that work. So you can focus on your online courses after the kids go to bed, during breaks from work, or even when you have downtime on a vacation — whenever works for you.


Location Is a Nonissue


With online, it doesn’t matter where you live! As long as you can get online, you can get an education. Plus, your time is valuable. You might rather use it to do something other than commute, especially if your school is far away. You’ll need a computer with a reliable internet connection and access to whatever software your program requires, but then you can do your schoolwork, no matter where you are. This means you don’t have to worry about access to transportation either.


Hidden Savings in Online Programs


Another benefit of online-only learning is that it can save you money that you would otherwise spend on gas for your car or public transportation. You can relax at home and study! In addition to that, when you study at home, you might save money on food. If you’re on the go, aren’t you often tempted to grab fast food and spend more than it would cost to cook at home?


Why Blended Learning Might Be Best for You


You Get Hands-on Experience


There are some programs, like dental assisting or HVAC, where hands-on experience is invaluable. This is where on-site learning is key. In a blended learning situation, you have the opportunity to take what you learn in your online class and apply it in a safe setting, supervised by instructors who are industry professionals, before you do it on the job.


You Can Connect with Classmates and Instructors In-person


Online courses often give you the opportunity to collaborate with your classmates or encourage virtual discussions, but in-person networking and collaborating is face-to-face. Once you’ve met your classmates in person, it can be easier to interact with them online. This can help you feel like you’re part of a class with others, even if you aren’t in the same room. If you like that kind of contact with your fellow students and instructors, you’ll probably appreciate a program that gives you some real live face time time.


A Different Kind of Accountability for Your Work


Did you always do your best work as a kid when you really liked your teacher? You’re not alone. Lots of people just do better when there’s someone they feel they really know telling them to try a little harder, do a little better. You may find it harder to stay motivated when all your classes are online. When you have to show up to a class to learn in-person, it can give you that motivation you need to be prepared and have your work done because you may be called on in class or need to know how to demonstrate a technique.

Now that you know both sides, which one is best for you: online learning or blended? At Charter College, we offer both. Check out all our programs and find out how to enroll in a program that works best for you to get you the education you want in health care, business, trades, information technology, or veterinary assistant.