Education is one of the fundamental rights of passage, and in the western world at least it is a pillar of societal expectation and evolution. In recent years, technological advancement has changed the world of education yet again, carving out possibly the most profound evolution in the sector in history. From the education services Australia, to the outpouring of rapid digitalisation around the world, there is something to be said for the staggering pace at which technological advancement and digitalisation are hitting the education industry. The introduction of online education has had the most profound impact by far.

Online education, in short, is the modern equivalent of traditional learning methods and models. Basically, the rise of the worldwide web has brought with it a surge of activity in the digital landscape. This surge in digital interest has resulted in students the world over taking control of their learning experience in every sense of the word. The demand for technological disruption in education has been felt for a while now, but we are finally seeing the beginnings of it in high-powered action. But what are the benefits? Traditional education is still so fundamentally successful, so why fix something that is not broken?

Breaking down the barriers of traditional education

Traditional education is fantastic and life-changing, it is true – for people that it works for. The unfortunate reality of traditional education is that it largely – if not wholly – relies on geographical proximity and financial stability, for individuals to make it work for their circumstances. Simply put, students either must live near campus to attend classes (and these are classes that, at least partially, have marks for attendance), or have the financial stability to move away from home and support themselves while balancing full-time study. Online education breaks down these barriers, allowing students to study whenever, wherever, and however.

Giving students the chance to fit in their studies around their lives

The average modern student is busier than ever before. Students these days are so busy, and juggling so many variables in their lives, that traditional education is too demanding for them to be able to commit to. Online education is the perfect anecdote for these individuals, as it allows them to work their studies around their lifestyles and jobs, rather than the other way around. Traditional education still works for millions of students, and it likely always will, but online education provides individuals with a choice to mould their academic experience to their preferences, rather than having to adhere to the general standards of traditional education.

Taking personalised learning to a whole new level

One of the best things about online education is that it allows for students to learn at their own pace, without having to struggle to keep up with the masses. In a traditional classroom, students must learn at a pre-conceived pace, one that is not necessarily catered towards the many learners. Every student is different, and expecting them to all learn at the same standardised level is unrealistic. Online education allows for a truly unique and personalised learning experience for each individual student – without the pressure of a traditional classroom weighing on them.

Author's Bio: 

Director of Accounting for Private Educational Institutions at Jefferson+Partners (Sydney) from 2007-2015. Founded and led Lebrau & Partners Pty. Ltd. from 2015 until now - a boutique accounting firm serving educational institutions across the Asia Pacific (both public and private, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions).