From independence to engagement, online colleges and universities give diverse learners the support they need to achieve.

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When learning new things, do you work best on your own? Does it take you a bit longer than others to understand new concepts? Perhaps you learn most effectively when you’re able to discuss new ideas with others? We all learn in different ways, and how you learn is just as important as what you learn.

That’s why, when considering a PhD, master’s degree, or bachelor’s degree program, it’s important to also consider how universities teach—and if their methods will align with your personal learning style.

Whether you learn best by using the newest technologies or find yourself most comfortable in a diverse classroom setting, online education caters to a variety of learning styles. Below are five common learning styles, and how each can thrive while pursuing higher education from an accredited online college or university.

  • Independent Workers
    With plenty of opportunities to learn on your own time, in your own way, and in your own space, online education is ideal for those who thrive in highly independent learning environments. Whether you’re pursuing a doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s degree, accredited online universities provide the flexibility independent-minded students need to explore and excel in their studies.

  • Engaged Participants
    While online education may not offer a traditional classroom setting, online colleges and universities provide ample opportunity to engage with others, perhaps even more so than traditional brick-and-mortar schools. From lively class discussions to video chatting with faculty and classmates, online learning offers the perfect platform for students who love to interact with peers and professors.

  • Technology Lovers
    Students who enjoy taking advantage of and exploring new technologies will thrive in online PhD, master’s, and bachelor’s degree programs. From mobile learning apps to new methods of interacting with classmates and faculty, online colleges and universities use some of the newest educational technologies available, enabling tech-savvy students to experience academics in new and exciting ways.

  • Diversity Enthusiasts
    Whether it’s learning alongside students from across the globe or interacting with classmates of varying ages and professional backgrounds, online education provides an unparalleled academic experience for those who excel in diverse settings. When you enroll in a PhD, master’s, or bachelor’s degree program at an online college or university, you can expect to engage with a wide range of students and faculty—and benefit from their unique viewpoints and experiences.

  • Deliberate Thinkers
    Some students like to take more time to understand new concepts. Instead of racing to learn classroom-based lessons—and hurrying to take notes—within a scheduled time slot, online education provides these students with the opportunity to study and learn at the speed that’s right for them. From watching a lecture a second time to reviewing slide presentations, online learning gives students the time they need to understand and achieve more.

Ready to enroll in an accredited university that supports your unique learning style? With dozens of online doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degree programs to choose from, Walden University provides online education environments where adult learners can excel in a variety of ways.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.