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Broadband Fuels E-Learning

When online classes were first introduced, many people didn’t understand the concept, much less the feasibility. Today, many prominent and prestigious schools and universities offer online coursework. A recent study estimates 3.5 million students were enrolled in online degree programs in 2016 – a number expected to grow to 5 million by 2020. Not only has broadband created an innovative way to earn a degree online, the wired network also offers several benefits to e-learning. Here are a few ways broadband is helping many students receive an education:

Flexibility: Access to broadband allows students the flexibility to learn from wherever they are and whenever they want.

Variety: Today’s online programs offer a variety of courses, online degrees and certificates giving students a wide range of choices whether it’s to earn a degree in higher education, boost their career or earn credits for a high school diploma.

Go at Your Own Pace: E-learning allows students to go at their own pace. With a computer or tablet, individuals can stop to take notes or take a break, review information they may not have understood or fast forward through portions already learned.

Access to a World of Information: Broadband connectivity gives anyone accessing the internet an abundance of information at their fingertips. The amount of data available on the internet is insurmountable, yet the ability to search for a subject or topic and have it pop up on your computer or smartphone screen in a matter of seconds continues to be a modern day wonder.

Increased Efficiency: Online communications have allowed parents to keep better tabs of their children’s school work, college students can learn if they are missing an assignment or easily discover and track their grades, and teachers can better notify students and parents of important messages.

Saves Money: Online courses are much more affordable than in-person coursework. There is no need to cover fees for boarding, dining, textbooks and other school-related expenses.

Support: Broadband has given students the opportunity to receive online support from their teachers and peers. While in class, teachers can livestream guest speakers, view supportive videos and even connect with students not able to attend class in person. Online students can email questions to teachers, review coursework with a tutor or ask a classmate for help.

Broadband is helping millions of students receive an education providing flexibility, lower costs, variety, support, efficiency, self-paced, and the most obvious, a world of information.

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