Learning shouldn’t be a lonely endeavor. And thanks to online education, it doesn’t have to be.

Hand on computer keyboard, monitor is in view along with files, glasses, pen and folders.Once you enroll in an online college or university, you’ll immediately join an online learning community that will benefit you in a number of unexpected ways. We’ve identified 10 of the top advantages of online learning communities here.

  1. You’ll find it easier to participate.
    Online learning communities make it easy to take part in the group. From online discussions with classmates to video chatting with faculty, online colleges and universities offer accessible, enjoyable ways for students to become engaged with their education and learning community.
  2. You’ll be more at ease.
    Not comfortable speaking in front of others? That’s not a problem in an online learning community. While there’s no shortage of participation in an online education, you get to contribute without the need to hone your public speaking skills—and from the comfort of home.
  3. You’ll benefit from geography ...
    Online learning communities offer the rare opportunity to learn alongside students from around the globe. As you communicate with online classmates from different countries, you’ll benefit from both their unique viewpoints and distinct cultural perspectives.
  4. … and diversity.
    Online learning communities not only give you the opportunity to engage with students from other countries, you’ll learn alongside students spanning a range of ages, professional backgrounds, and life experiences—enriching your education in unexpected ways.
  5. You’ll enjoy a sense of community.
    As you advance in your online education, you’ll see that a sense of connection and community is truly at the core of online learning communities. Whether you’re taking a single online class or you’ve enrolled in a complete online degree program, you’ll develop a strong camaraderie with your fellow students.
  6. You’ll brainstorm together.
    There’s nothing like the excitement that comes from sharing ideas. Online learning communities are often tailored for professionals learning new skills and earning degrees that can help advance their careers. It’s the ideal venue for brainstorming, since you’ll be guided by expert faculty and your group’s diverse professional experiences.
  7. You’ll benefit from technology.
    Online colleges and online universities are renowned for employing the latest technology to help students succeed. From mobile learning apps to online discussion forums, educational technologies make your online learning community not only more engaging, but more convenient as well.
  8. You’ll get to know your classmates.
    Over the course of your online education, you’ll build relationships with classmates and faculty in new and exciting ways. The ease of communicating online can break down barriers that might otherwise make it difficult to truly get to know each other. Through regular discussions and participation, you’ll become surprisingly connected to your online learning community, leading to loyal friendships and lifelong professional networks.
  9. You’ll have time to think.
    When it comes to education, online or on campus, there’s nothing like getting a chance to consider your response before you speak. In online learning communities, you do not need to rush to answer a question as you might in a traditional classroom, and you and your classmates can build on each other’s responses for a more thorough conversation.
  10. You’ll find a sense of balance.
    Many professionals believe higher education is out of reach due to their work and family commitments. But online colleges and universities provide a flexible, convenient way to merge academics—along with your online leaning community—into daily life.

Ready to join your own online learning community? Community matters when you earn your degree at Walden, an accredited university devoted to online education that makes a difference.


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

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