Carol Trehearn for the Globaldispatch writes: Online learning already has a glowing reputation for being a more flexible alternative, as it allows students to schedule their own learning hours and doesn’t require travelling to physical classes on campus. In short, online learning can be done from sitting on your sofa, and there’s no need to change out of your pajamas and still earn a degree. However, the advancement of mobile technology is making online learning even easier, especially for those who live busy lives. Here are just some of the ways in which mobile devices can benefit online learning students.
When you sign up to an online learning program, it’s very likely that you will also be advised to download an app for your tablet or smartphone. By doing this, you will have access to all of your course materials wherever you are, providing that you have your device with you. As if being able to access everything you need for your studies from your home PC or laptop wasn’t enough, you can now load up any information that you need whilst on the go, so there’s no need to miss deadlines or be unable to check new work if you’re not at home.
Not only do most online learning schools have their own mobile applications which allow you to access course materials and work on the go, there are also a multitude of other applications that you can download on your smartphone or tablet which will be of use. Those studying an online learning course will be required to submit essays and other assignments, and these can easily be written by using the Microsoft Word app on a tablet or smartphone. This makes it easier for online learning students as they know that they are able to complete work wherever they are. Dictionary and thesaurus apps, calculator apps, and even medical apps which will benefit those studying online nursing programs from home are also available.
Gone are the days of having to schedule trips to the library and borrow books that need to be returned, or even going to a bookshop to search through thousands of stacked books for the textbook that you need. Thanks to mobile devices, millions of books are available at our fingertips, and can be downloaded and ready to read in just a few clicks. Online learning students are finding this increasingly useful as they are able to download a book to their device as and when they need it. Thanks to e-readers and e-reading apps such as Amazon Kindle, it’s also possible to read textbooks on the go meaning that online students don’t have to wait until they’re home or go to the library to look at their weekly reading list.
Are you, or have you been, a student enrolled in an online learning program? How did mobile devices benefit you, and which devices did you use the most? We’d love to hear from you – leave your response in the comments section below.