Friday, October 22, 2010

Online Learning: Worth Investigating

Whether you’re preparing to enter the professional world, adding knowledge or skills that could enhance your current professional standing, or are transitioning careers, consider online courses and certification and degree programs that are available.
Online learning is particularly appealing if you’re looking to maintain a full-time or part-time work schedule, raising children, and desire the flexibility and convenience that online learning delivers. With online learning and education, your access to institutions and programs isn’t limited geographically and your options are plentiful.
If you think enrolling in an online course or a certification or degree program may make sense for you, consider the following:
  • Your ability to be self-disciplined and manage time well: Online learning is designed so students schedule time for online course work (and homework) independently. Self-discipline and the ability to manage your time well will be critical in achieving both your goals and those of the educational institution.
  • Your aptitude and comfort with technology: Since online learning is accessed through the Internet via computer, and often leverages other technology like video and audio conferencing, online chat forums, or electronic file sharing, you not only need access to a computer but should have a general aptitude and comfort with technology.
  • Your ability to work with limited face-to-face interaction: Learning online removes or significantly limits face-to-face interaction with instructors and other students found in a traditional classroom setting. Carefully weigh how you would respond to this type of learning environment.
  • Your participation in broad-reaching exchanges: One of the greatest advantages of online learning is that it can bring together people from around the country or across the globe. Instructors may also bring experts into an online lesson discussion to enhance learning experiences.

Consider theEd2Go course offerings within Career Transitions “Explore Careers” portal as you investigate online courses and certification and program offerings. Most courses are six weeks in duration. In addition, there is increased funding for educational loans as a result of the Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. Go to for information on program descriptions, eligibility, and loan terms.

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