“Five years from now on the Web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world. It will be better than any single university.”Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft

The internet is more than just a portal into infinite information, it’s a life-changer. The empowerment and autonomy this technology offers has not only enhanced our work and play landscapes, it has quite literally altered consciousness.

Take online courses. While sometimes an overlooked revolution, these courses have rapidly expanded the potential that individuals possess for furthering their educational opportunities; especially when considering those who are underserved by more traditional institutions because of financial or developmental needs.

Digital e-learning courses provide students with a greater level of accessibility, regardless of physical challenges like where they live or what times they are available to participate.

Online courses are not just about providing educational materials through a new portal; they are about transforming the way in which materials are taught and how an education can be obtained.

Traditional universities are neglecting economic newcomers left and right. Unable to pay attention to an outdated model of teaching that fails to engage the increasingly tech-savvy generations, coupled with crippling debt and vanishing jobs caused by automation, colleges are becoming an increasingly archaic mode of “getting ahead.”

Digital learning channels, however, are improving the lives of average individuals in a variety of ways.

Novel Course Concepts

Most everything that can be learned in a college course is offered in an online module; either by an indoctrinated entrepreneur or by the university itself.

There is a slew of colleges that offer online courses without the need to pursue a degree; alternatively, there are condensed variations of college courses offered online as well, at sites like Corsera.

But what if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more unusual? Maybe you want a course on creating origami, or a curriculum centered on learning how to master social media PPC advertising. Maybe you want something even more niche: A class on creating a better attitude or living a more peaceful life.

The number of personal development and self-growth-focused online courses is growing by the day.

This is where online course platforms like Kajabi have a leg up over traditional teaching structures. Through this type of service, creators have an abundance of tools at their disposal to generate and market a course on any topic imaginable. Sites like this address two of the biggest issues plaguing universities today: Engagement levels and soul-crushing debt.

No Interest Paid on Uninteresting Teachings

Since Kajabi and other online course creation systems like it enable entrepreneurs to infuse their teachings with various forms of content (text, audio files, videos, online tests, etc.), “students” often find themselves more engaged than when listening to a lecture about information that was merely read in a book.

This greatly amplifies a student’s interest in the course, and therefore, the amount of information they grasp and retain. Research has shown that greater engagement levels lead to better student learning.

Furthermore, with online courses, those seeking to amplify their knowledge on a subject can often find in-depth courses at extremely affordable prices. This is a major advantage for those who are unwilling to add their name to the list of 44 million borrowers who possess more than $1.45 trillion in student loan debt.

Through online courses, individuals have greater access to economically priced, practical knowledge that can be applied to their lives and professions almost immediately.

This can certainly trump 4+ years and tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

Increased Comfort and Convenience

Not everyone is suited for a traditional one-size-fits-all classroom. Online courses offer shy or socially stunted students with greater opportunities to succeed and participate in classroom discussions by removing the social anxiety and awkwardness that can often accompany an in-person experience.

In fact, some reports show that individuals have an easier time concentrating in digital courses as various distractions have been removed.

Additionally, people these days have busier lives than ever. This can often be burdensome when seeking higher educational opportunities. With online learning modules, students can plan their participation time for when it fits into their schedule; the same goes for study and application time.

Because course material is always accessible to them (when enrolled in a program) individuals are provided with a higher level of autonomy in their learning environment. And since autonomy is likely part of their motivation for taking the course in the first place, this model helps speak to their innate desires.

New Forms of Income

One of the most magical things that online courses have brought to the masses is the opportunity for a person to take the knowledge they already have and create online courses based on that information.

There is a chance that they will want to take an online course on how to build effective online courses, but this creates an entirely new avenue for individuals to create a new stream of revenue – and possibly their own personal brand.

With minimal investment, people can bring their knowledge to the world and build upon what is expected to be a $65.41 billion industry by 2023.

This figure represents the growing desire for flexible, affordable, and convenient learning opportunities, as well as the growth seen by those taking advantage of such offerings.

Online learning structures provide people with incredible access to fruitful knowledge in a multitude of user-friendly ways. It doesn’t matter if you are on the teacher or student end of things; the outcome will likely be increased satisfaction and income.

Take advantage of the remarkable opportunities that e-learning modules provide the modern individual. Learn to heighten your skills in a given area or learn to share your knowledge with folks who seek it. Online courses are enriching lives and empowering individuals daily; your expansion awaits as well.

Author's Bio: 

Jane Hurst, writer from San Francisco. Find her on Twitter!