Online courses carry a number of benefits for students. Their popularity has made higher education a much more possible proposition in recent years. Even students far-removed from physical classrooms or who have schedules that keep them away from traditional education can get the education and course credit they want. What doesn’t get the same amount of spotlight, however, is that online courses can be greatly beneficial for the environment, as well. The following are some examples of why this is the case.
The first and most obvious benefit is that taking classes online exempts you from any need for transportation. You can take online classes from the comfort of your own home, coffee shop of choice, or even out on the road. This means no fuel consumption. Any time spent in an online class is time that is spent without a morning drive or a commute.
More sweepingly, this also means more time other people don’t spend on the road, too. Everyone in an online class works on the same terms, including the instructor and the other students. This also goes for all of the people that would normally staff the class. It takes all of that fuel consumption off the table at a time. It’s much more efficient, overall.
The lack of a need for a classroom does more than just eliminate travel time. It also takes the ramifications of keeping a classroom functioning off the table. Classrooms need energy to run. The centralized infrastructure of a school environment takes more upkeep than a number of individual homes; it’s more efficient to distribute power to 200 homes and home offices than it is to keep a single full-sized classroom working.
This extends to paper usage as well. Classrooms take a lot of paper. Between textbooks, papers for tests and quizes and paper used for notes, a lot of raw paper goes into stocking a classroom fora traditional physical class. Online courses are much more likely to utilize digital textbooks, however, and they can often be entirely paperless. The only necessary paper expenditure for an online class is administrative, and that’s a much easier outcome.
Larger Class Size Matters
Online classes are much more impersonal, and many people consider this a downside to them, but the fact is that online classes can scale up much more than traditional classes can. When there’s no concern about keeping everyone in the same room or fostering face-to-face communication, it becomes a lot easier to cater to hundreds of students at a time. Signing up for an online course supports online courses as a whole. This encourages schools to continue deploying them, and it means you’re helping keep more students taking online classes, too‚ all of which are better for the environment.
Limitations in Course Offering?
Let’s face it we are now a digital society. Gone are the days where you just HAD to take training courses in a classroom. Don’t be fooled, almost anything you want to train for can be done online. Want to become a phlebotomist – there are online courses for that. Want to become a zoologist – yeah, there’s courses for that. Want to learn to operate a forklift safely – your guessed it, there are online courses for you to learn from. Bottom line is that anything you can learn in a classroom you can learn online AND you will benefit the earth.
There are a lot of good reasons to take an online course. Individuals concerned about the welfare of the environment can be proud of how much more efficient their online classes are when compared to attending traditional classes. Traditional classes in physical classrooms will always have their place, but the benefits of online classes to the environment cannot be denied.