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Online Education Guide - Overview

Online Education

Studying online is a challenging but extremely rewarding way to achieve an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Once surrounded by stigma, online learning is now a respected way to achieve a recognized qualification. And with courses available in almost every subject, and flexible timetables to suit almost every schedule, students are increasingly turning to online learning as a viable alternative to campus study.

Advances in technology now allow students to study entirely online while still socializing with classmates, watching lectures and participating in subject-specific discussions.

While some consider online learning to require a greater degree of self-motivation, institutions nowadays recognize that pastoral support is just as important as tutor feedback and take great care to ensure that their students receive the same levels of support that they would receive on campus.

The facts and figures about online learning*

  • 5.8 million students are now enrolled in online courses
  • 75% of undergraduate students are aged 25 or over
  • By autumn 2018, it’s predicted that 48% of learning materials will be primarily digital
  • 90% of students think that online learning is the same or better than the traditional classroom experience

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University of Essex Online is an online education institution offering online and part-time degree courses in subjects including business, management, marketing, law, criminology, psychology, public health, infection control and an MBA. Students are supported by their own dedicated Student Adviser and receive quality teaching from industry leaders and subject experts while studying within a cutting-edge virtual learning environment. To learn more about University of Essex Online, click here.

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Last update: 09 Mar 2018