According to Christopher Pappas founder of elearningindustry.com, e-Learning has revolutionized the educational sector, and has changed the way we look at knowledge and skill acquisition altogether. Thanks to modern educational technology, e-Learning tools and techniques just keep getting bigger and better. Today, they are providing learners with a more impressive, and more effective, educational experience. More and more students and employees are using e-Learning to earn their degrees, build upon their knowledge base, and develop new skills. As such, an increasing number of online courses are now being offered in order to meet the ever-growing demand.
Stephanie Williams, author of Life During College: The Online Learner’s Guide to Success, agrees. Choosing a college or university to attend is a big step in planning your education and career goals.You want to make sure you find a good fit. Is a college campus or online classroom right for you?
While the information you learn in a face-to-face classroom on a college campus and the information you learn in an online classroom should be the same, the learning experience will be different. Before you jump right in to taking online classes there are several things that you need to consider about your time, personality, learning, and goals. These include:
What are your career and educational goals?
How much time do you have to dedicate to school?
How would you describe your personality? In person? Online?
In what environment do you enjoy learning and retain the most information?
Many students need structure and someone to remind them of assignment due dates. Williams stated, “students may be surprised how effective that weekly class meeting is once it is entirely up to them to remember when their homework is due. In online classes you don’t have to drive to school or take the bus in the rain, but you do have to meet deadlines, prioritize, and work hard. Your professor is there to guide your learning, but as always, it is entirely up to you to be the architect of your education. So, take the lead.”
Williams added “make a list of questions to ask the school representative. Oh yes, you will interview them first. Ask questions about the school, the type of programs they offer, length of classes, total cost of tuition and fees, extracurricular activities like student clubs or study abroad, the length of time it will take you to graduate, and the job and salary outlook after graduation. Remember your goals. The convenience and innovation of online classes should not be the only thing considered when you make the decision to be an online student.”
Stephanie will be joining Terry Arndt, President of College Transition Publishing, for a free informational webinar titled, Serving Online Learners – Your Guide to Success. Stephanie will discuss each of the points described above, as well as address questions from participants. Space is limited to 100 participants. To learn more and register, click HERE.