Back in the day, when experts advocated learning outside the four walls of the classroom, no one ever thought it would mean lectures from a talking computer screen. While some may still prefer the traditional pen-and-paper way of learning, there is no doubt that online courses are the future of education – and that future is already here.
Online learning or ‘E-learning’ is a form of education that takes place over the internet and is the most popular form of distance learning (i.e., any type of learning that takes place outside a classroom). While the idea might sound unusual to some, a lot of online courses have actually been available since the start of the millennium. In fact, in the United States alone, more than 1 million students were studying online back in 2003; this number has been growing exponentially as the years go by, especially with the advent of