In an age of instant streaming and endless online resources, it’s hard to find the right quality educational opportunities. In the music therapy and allied healthcare community, we rely on continuing education programs to maintain board certification or other credentials. Do you ever feel like you just don’t have time or money to keep up? Well, online learning programs can provide easy, affordable solutions.
Here are our top 5 benefits of online learning.
1. Save money
Professional conferences are awesome…but not always feasible. But when the costs start adding up (flight + rideshare + hotel + conference registration + CMTE registration + food and more), it quickly drains your wallet. With online courses, you don’t need to take these complications into consideration, let alone consider any costs of commuting. On the Hub, it is actually free to create an account and you will only need to purchase access to the course, which will provide you with course material and the the opportunity to learn from one of our board-certified music therapists! Get the same information you would get at a conference by taking an online course.
2. Learn anywhere
Whether you’re cozied up at home or sitting in your favorite coffee shop, you can receive high quality education from experienced professions. Online classes allow easy access to your course material. As long as you have access to your computer and working Wi-Fi, you can watch your lectures and work on your coursework on the go. This means that you can choose to study in an environment that works best for you. With easy access to your courses, you can access the lectures videos as many times as you want, wherever you want.
3. Manage your own class schedule
Enrolling in an online course will also give you a flexible schedule that traditional classes may not. Everyday, many of us need to balance work, family, friends and school. We all have different commitments and sometimes we don’t have fixed, weekly schedules that allows us to devote dedicated blocks of time to conferences, workshops or classes. With our online courses, you can access your course and coursework whenever you want! You can watch lectures at times that are convenient and work best for you. With online learning programs, when you learn is up to you.
4. Work at your own pace
The only person who knows the best way for you to study and learn is yourself. We all have different learning habit, techniques and methods. With easy access to online courses, it gives students the ability to adjust to their particular study habits in order to learn the most effectively. You can rewatch videos and practice techniques as many times as you want. This way you can personalize your learning experience to fit the way you learn best.
5. Find your tribe
Connect with an online community that shares the same interests as you. Participate in class discussions just as you would in a brick-and-mortar classroom. Many online learning platforms allow for forum discussions or are connected to Facebook groups where you can connect with like-minded individuals all over the country. You will have access to discuss and chat with your fellow classmates. In some of your courses, you may be able to video chat with your classmates and music therapists. This way you can still have that face-to-face interaction where you talk, practice and learn from each other through the screen!
Online learning allows YOU to customize your learning experience, choose courses that pique your interest, and study in a way that works for you.