Online courses are not a new thing to hear about. It has been in the trend since quite a long time.
The motive behind the evolution & advancement of these courses are; one should have some extra knowledge apart from the daily work done by them or even a student can pursue some short duration courses to improvise self and additional values to their profile.


Online courses are conducted over Internet & students are provided with the study material which could be in PDF format or Documents or some videos. The assignments are usually on weekly basis which a student needs to submit on time to pass and get a completion certificate. The assignments can be in the form of a project or quiz and not necessarily as that of school/college.

Online courses are being provided by various organisations as well as institutions that have their tie ups with various online education platforms.

Initially when online courses where launched their purpose was simply to provide an extra edge over a certain topic or subject as everything can’t be covered in classroom.

Types of Online Courses

The spectrum of online courses has become wide in the past few years. There used to be just certification courses at a time but now many courses are being offered.

Following types of online courses are being offered:

  1. Free courses
  2. Paid courses
  3. Diploma courses
  4. Degree courses
  5. Hybrid courses
  6. Distance learning courses

Suggested platforms for authentic online courses

  • Coursera
  • Udemy
  • Linkedin
  • Upgrad
  • edX
  • MOOC

Online Vs Offline

Now, if we come down to seeing the differences between online and offline courses here are some points to be taken into consideration…

Firstly, in online courses you attend the classes as per your accessibility. You can schedule your day according to time availability & convenience.

Secondly, the pedagogy of teaching is comparatively interesting and innovative in online courses as there is use of many applications and videos.

Thirdly, a student’s energy & cost can be saved as there would be no to and fro from the regular classes which save both time & money.

Lastly but not the least there are many unrecognized courses going on which one has to do a proper check and there may be lack of presentations, debates or vice-a-versa which usually happens in an offline classes.

Disadvantages of online courses:

Some of the areas where online courses are not up to the mark and lacks behind are:

  1. Requires self motivation to complete the course as one is responsible for what one learns.
  2. There is going to be lack of personal communication somewhere or the other.
  3. There are few organisations which accept certification from a specific site only.
  4. At times a course could be overly priced as well.
  5. Test or Quiz might be difficult to clear, which might delay the completion of course.
  6. The contents of course might differ at times.


Completing an online course could be a monotonous and time taking job but at the same time it could help you secure a place in college, internship or job.
It is important that you search and find out authentic and trusted platforms, whose certification are accepted and considered widely.

As it is said quantity doesn’t matter but quality does and the same goes here. It is not important to do large number of courses but analyse what you need and pick only those which will act as a value added advantage in your profile.

So, all of you reading this and has a pending online course, now it’s time go ahead and finish it.

Those who are still thinking about the platform and trusted sites, hope this article will help you a bit.

Let’s Turn On the Learning Mode!!
Stay Safe & Healthy!!

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