Advantages of Online Learning for Minorities
From convenience to accessing useful classes, minorities can benefit from online learning in several ways:
Convenient to access and attend: Financially, some minorities and at-risk students cannot afford to attend elite universities or even community colleges. Online learning courses, such as MOOCs, have opened the doors to higher education for a wider variety of students. Many public libraries have computers that are free to use, and with the wide variety of mobile or tablet devices available -- and free WiFi nearly everywhere you go -- taking online classes is that much more accessible.
Online learning offers pertinent and useful courses: Especially with the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) phenomenon, many online classes bring course materials and theories to life through videos, slide shows and digital text and images. It’s easy to click through to other websites to view additional subject materials. Instructors are urged to get to know their students individually through class lectures, forums, and other online academic interactions, and not make assumptions about them based on their ethnic, culture or racial background.
Students can connect with other classmates: Community forums, social networks and online classrooms are great places for classmates to connect. Instead of being segmented into groups, the students are brought together in one environment.2 This is another way of lowering the cultural barrier. Online atmospheres can be non-threatening and homogeneous.