10 advantages:

1. Badges/specialization: Online certificates that represent different levels of work and engagement, including more granular, specific skills or achievements. Read more about digital badges here. Specialized courses/certificates are also available, with courses tailored for online learning that include data science, entrepreneurship, web programming, cyber security, reasoning, and technical writing.

2. Mobile access via smartphones and tablets. 13 percent of student report taking class notes on their smartphones, 33 percent use tablets for work, and 37 percent read eBooks on mobile devices, says the infographic.

3. Effectiveness: Research shows that online students achieve the same or better learning results in half the time as those in traditional courses. Research also indicates, says the infographic, that students are more active, engaged, and motivated…”

4. Tangible skill building thanks to online literacy skill building, badges, and completion rates.

5. Varied, useful courses, with over 130,000 courses from over 350 providers.

6. Reduced cost, thanks to limited commuting, lower course material costs, and reduced or free tuition.

7. Personalized learning: Students can learn when they want to, where, and how.

8. Accessibility, since most online course support special needs students.

9. Better teaching: Though this is currently under national debate, the infographic notes that teachers in online courses are often trained by ed-tech experts, have field experience, and use multimedia teaching techniques.

10. Cutting-edge technology, such as: virtual classrooms, discussion forums, online texts, online libraries, video lectures, and more.

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