Online higher education: 5 reasons to get a degree virtually

Study International | April 19, 2020

Online higher education is having a moment right now. As universities around the world move online due to COVID-19, the true potential of online learning has become apparent. Anyone with a laptop, internet access, a streak of discipline and a dash of willpower can earn a degree without ever stepping foot on campus. So if your plan to start a degree has been thwarted by the current COVID-19 pandemic, know that hope is not lost. Here are five reasons you should consider online learning instead.

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The ENGAGE platform is a free to use social education and presentation platform. ENGAGE allows you to hold meeting, classes, private lessons and presentations with people from all around the world in a safe virtual multi user environment.You can record and create your own lessons and presentations inside ENGAGE using our recorder feature and you can add in immersive elements such as virtual objects for people to interact with or visit virtual environments such as the surface of Mars.

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The ENGAGE platform is a free to use social education and presentation platform. ENGAGE allows you to hold meeting, classes, private lessons and presentations with people from all around the world in a safe virtual multi user environment.You can record and create your own lessons and presentations inside ENGAGE using our recorder feature and you can add in immersive elements such as virtual objects for people to interact with or visit virtual environments such as the surface of Mars.

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