Skip to main content

The Importance of Remote Learning

I am a professional teacher, writer, researcher, and learner. I always try to learn because there is no age for learning.


A lot of people think that physical interaction with a teacher or instructor is the only way to learn something, but that’s not true at all. Remote learning can be as important, if not more important, than physical learning because it offers more flexible options and more freedom to fit learning into your schedule. Remote learning offers several other benefits as well, including the convenience of being able to learn from anywhere and the ability to choose the best instructors to make sure you’re getting the best possible education.

Why Physical Presence isn’t Required

Unlike many traditional classroom environments, where attendance and interaction are mandatory, online students can work at their own pace. This means they can learn without feeling pressured by the physical presence—which is especially important for adults with busy lives. The best online programs also allow students to take as much time as they need to master a topic. Traditional classrooms rarely offer such flexibility. For example, if an employer decides it needs additional training on a certain subject or skill set to expand or update its existing workforce, most classes will require students to meet certain prerequisites before they start learning something new. With online programs, employers have access to resources that allow employees to learn what they need when they need it; and that makes remote learning more important than ever before.

Mother Helping her Daughter in Home Work

New Opportunities with Online Courses

When it comes to learning, most people want to learn in person. But some industries, like health care and education, need to adapt. Online education is a great way for doctors, teachers, and other educators to reach people who might not otherwise have access to their services or classes. Remote learning is here to stay; find out how it can help you succeed!

Why Students Prefer Online Courses

One of the reasons online learning is so popular with students is that it provides several benefits not available in traditional college classrooms. Because online classes are more affordable than attending school full-time, they're a good option for students who want to attend school part-time while working. And because online courses tend to be self-paced, they work well for busy professionals and parents looking to go back to school. If you’re serious about pursuing higher education, consider an online course and learn why many people prefer remote learning options today.

Little Girl Taking Online Class

Scroll to Continue

Types of Online Courses

There are two types of online courses, synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous means that you’re participating in real-time with your instructor and other students. Asynchronous means that you can learn at your own pace, but it also involves work outside of class; often referred to as assignments or homework. Generally speaking, it’s best to avoid massive open online courses (MOOCs) since they tend to only offer synchronous courses. They often have hundreds or thousands of students who don’t know each other which can make it difficult to effectively communicate with instructors. This can turn a valuable resource into an exercise in frustration!

Benefits of an Online Degree

Of course, physical learning is still an important part of a well-rounded education—you wouldn’t want to skip out on that lab course you need to graduate. But if you are looking for alternatives to your local brick-and-mortar school, online schools are a great place to start. You can get all (or most) of your degree for a fraction of what you would pay at traditional schools and avoid higher student loan costs in the process. Plus, online degrees help ensure that regardless of your location or schedule, you can stay in touch with your teachers and peers and even pick up extra hours with some type of online study group.

When do you Need a Physical Campus?

Is physical learning that important? Think about your learning. When you had a great teacher, when did they most inspire you? What sort of experiences did you have in your high school or college that are likely to stay with you forever? Those were probably not classroom experiences. Teachers often say they prefer to teach remotely - some even say they would never teach on campus again if they could choose. Unfortunately, teachers don't get to make that choice - universities do. And unfortunately for students, it doesn't seem like either party is happy with where we're at right now. Universities and teachers need to work together to change things for students! How do we start remote learning? How can tech tools help educators and students connect online? I'd love to hear from my audience! After having taken part in numerous lengthy discussions on Reddit regarding education reform, I was surprised at how many people remained opposed to innovation within the field. The majority of people seemed adamant that the current system be preserved despite its massive flaws. After thinking about why so many intelligent people held such regressive views, I realized that most had simply been exposed to only one point of view and weren't privy to other perspectives or models by which education might progress forward successfully into our modern era.

A Boy Sitting on Chair and Taking Lecture

What if I Can’t Find an Online Program That Fits My Needs?

Online learning is a broad term that includes many different styles, from watching videos online to taking courses in an interactive online environment. If you can’t find a program that fits your needs or if you prefer being in a classroom, you don’t have to throw in the towel. A hybrid learning environment combines physical and virtual learning. This can be done through online materials and/or training, then requiring students to attend real-world classroom training to interact with their peers and instructor. The approach usually allows students more flexibility, while still providing them with certain advantages of physical learning environments like face-to-face interactions and access to resources.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ghulam Nabi Memon

Related Articles