If you want to learn something all you have to do is buy a course and learn it. By the end of the day you can cram more information in because real world factors are taken out of the equation. You don't have to commute your body to a place to hear somebody speak. You don't have to wait for people to get settled. With online education you just learn.
On top of all of this the people who like to teach online (like me) generally try to give something real world schools cannot. This something is practical application right away. In most of my courses I say that you should release what you create. In most schools they are very against you self releasing and I feel that it is a huge secret to success to actually release something because all of the lazy people are not releasing anything.
When you think about it releasing your own material makes so much sense today. It almost should be mandatory to release something it can even be as simple as a math book for kids.
So really it makes a whole lot of sense to just start learning as soon as possible. Schools probably won't get this right for the next 10 or 20 years so anybody hoping into the online education boat will naturally be ahead of everybody else.