Why Online Learning is a Trend That's Here to Stay
Have you noticed how much easier it is to learn just about anything online these days?
What an amazing time to be alive! While traditional education – which requires your physical presence and a hefty financial investment – dominated learning for the past century, now you can study from the comfort of your own home, with a schedule that works for you, at a much more affordable price.
This is an exciting trend that not only provides the tools for us to learn and grow both personally and professionally, but also creates fulfilling lives that bring us joy while doing work that matters.
With access to education made easier and more convenient, we are improving quality of life for anyone who wants to learn.
At Integrative Nutrition, we have been a part of this growing trend since the Health Coach Training Program moved online in 2010, which has made us a leader in virtual wellness education ever since.
Here are just a few reasons why online learning is a growing trend of the future:
- Convenience and flexibility. With the ability to learn anytime, anywhere, online learning allows greater freedom and ability to fit education into your life, rather than the other way around.
- Media expands our ability to learn. Mobile technology has revolutionized how and when we take in information, appealing to a wider range of learning styles through the use of different delivery methods (video, audio, written, etc.) and the ability to control how we engage with content.
- Student diversity. Online learning provides the ability to bring together people of different ages, races, backgrounds, experiences, and geographic locations in order to learn together and support each other, thereby creating a much richer experience for each student.
- Technology is becoming smarter. With job growth in the IT sector projected to grow above average over the next decade, we’re sure to see even more smart, innovative, and diverse applications for learning redefining and expanding how education moves forward in our digital world.
In the case of Integrative Nutrition, while we see firsthand the benefit of online learning, we also value the deep personal connections of peer-to-peer communication and in-person learning, which is why every IIN student has the opportunity to attend a live conference and be immersed in a complete learning experience for one inspiring weekend. In this way, we take the best of both worlds and combine them in a truly unique learning environment.
Something important to keep in mind:
With online courses becoming increasingly abundant and platforms for creating these courses making it easy for anyone to offer informational material, it’s more important than ever to do your research and find the program that’s right for you.
Take wellness for example – while you may find other programs that promise results such as weight loss or glowing skin in 30 days, you’ll find a much more comprehensive education in holistic health at IIN, coupled with the potential to become internationally certified as a Health Coach, to gain credits towards other higher education degrees, to learn from highly experienced doctors, authors, and leaders in the fields of health and wellness, and to connect with a vast network of fellow Health Coaches. Now that’s an extraordinary curriculum!
Before embarking on your online education, really take a moment to consider what you’re looking for in terms of quality and value. Keep in mind that an education with experienced instructors, great student support, and comprehensive guidance is going to involve an investment, but with online learning you’ll save a lot of time and resources compared to traditional schooling, and you’ll also get a lot in return!
Interested in learning more about just what you’ll get by studying at Integrative Nutrition? Attend an upcoming info session and let us know what you think!