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Stepping up a career rung, changing vocations, or just learning something new for the fun of it requires an extra commitment that, in the past, was prohibitive to many adult students, because they had to attend classes or because correspondence courses by mail were inconvenient. But this was turned on its head with the advent of online classes, which flung open higher education to anyone with access to the internet. More options, including payday cash advance, are now given to students.
In Australia there are organisations specifically tailored to adult online education, such as the Centre for Adult Education and Distance Learning Australia. These organisations tailor their teaching styles to mature students, such as granting extensions if students have heavy work or childcare demands, and offer workplace-specific courses.
Facilities such as chat rooms and online Q&A or discussions with tutors are available, while things like libraries, which campus-based students take for granted, are well on their way to putting all their physical information online – with some newspapers and research papers only available on the internet.
Then there are other organisations such as Kaplan Professional, which offer specialized courses for professionals and require a base-level of knowledge rather than offering entry-level taster classes. In the case of Kaplan, university-equivalent stockbroking, accounting and finance degrees and post-graduate qualifications are offered to professionals working in the field; students must already have some experience or basic qualification in order to take the courses.
To protect adult online learners from dodgy online providers, bodies like Adult Learning Australia provide training for educators and librarians, support for students and they lobby for greater awareness of adult learning and better facilities for mature online students.