Every area of work is adapting to the changes brought about by the internet and professors are beginning to see an increase in the demand of online courses. Gone are the days when face to face interaction was key to gaining knowledge, students are found to perform just as well through the computer. Educational institutes are becoming more open to the idea of online studies with some offering a few courses and others entire degrees. Below are listed some of the subjects that drew the most students during the previous year.
Research shows that business studies are one of the most popular online courses of 2012. Unlike classes like chemistry where it is imperative for students to be present for practical information, business courses are more theory based. In fact, Washington State University and Pennsylvania’s University of Scranton are known for their standout Masters degrees in business, all earned by students through online courses.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology prides itself on its online beginner’s course for Computer Science and Programming. According to the university’s statistics, the course is the most viewed by both students who are enrolled in MIT and those attending other institutes. The resources offered by the MIT website include lectures given by the professors, the slides used during these, and any handouts that would otherwise be given in the classroom.
An easy to understand and easily accessible class, students flock to the Computer Science and Programming course while not having to leave their laptops.
Human Anatomy is yet another popular course although this is limited to the beginner level as more advanced classes require the students to be present in the classroom. It serves as a great introductory course to premedical students or those considering joining the field. One of the most well reputed colleges, the University of Berkeley is famous for its online lectures by Professor Marian Diamond, some of which have received a staggering 690,000 views.
Mathematics is yet another popular online course. Many institutes now offer specially designed programs that can help students practice exercises in areas like geometry, trigonometry, and even basic arithmetic. As mathematics is a subject that many find difficult, students find it particularly helpful that they can rewind videotaped classes to understand a certain concept. Another online course that is high demand among students is engineering. The University of Wisconsin and Auburn University have been awarded the honor roll for their engineering bachelor and master degrees with classes dedicated to involving students despite the lack of a classroom setting and providing excellent student services. Other popular courses include nursing, education, and computer information technology.
While some remain doubtful about the success of online courses, the growing number of enrollment for such classes shows otherwise. With students holding down jobs through their college years or living too far to commute every day, online studies allow students a hassle free education. It is unclear whether online courses will become the mainstay of educational institutes in the future. However, what is clear is that online studies are no passing fad but an essential tool for better learning.