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By U.S. News Staff
BEST ONLINE PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, online courses are no longer just an option for many students – they have become a requirement. Many undergraduate and graduate programs are shifting to a fully or partially online format for fall semester classes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among students, faculty and staff.
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Student reactions to these changes have varied. In US Suvey conducted by the higher education research and marketing agency SimpsonScarborough, only 17% of returning students wanted to take all classes in person this fall. At the same time, 41% preferred to take a mix of online and in-person classes on campus, and 30% wanted to stay home and complete all of their courses online. That last figure was higher among incoming freshmen, at 39%.
Web-based education had already been gaining momentum in higher education. Nearly 3.3 million higher education students enrolled exclusively in distance education programs in fall 2018. Whether a student is just starting a degree program or switched to online learning due to these unprecedented circumstances, online colleges can provide the flexibility to study from anywhere. Students with family responsibilities or full-time jobs may also be able to work around their own schedules.
While online learning may ease health and safety concerns, this format has still presented students with. Those accustomed to face-to-face learning, and perhaps daily life on a physical campus, will need to adjust to the lack of in-person interaction. All online students, but especially those balancing additional responsibilities at home, need to practice strong time management and overcome distractions in their environment.
Prospective students considering an online degree and current online students should remember that student support is typically available at accredited institutions to help them adjust to online courses and plan their academic futures in uncertain times.