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Is Online Learning Right For You?

Posted on 27 October 2008

E-learning has been touted as the easiest, fastest way to get a degree. However, does it really live up to the hype? Will taking online courses help you advance in the workplace? Many people think e-learning is the way to boost their resumes and paychecks. Recent statistics show that more than 2 million people have taken online courses from approximately 2,000 major colleges and universities in the U.S.

Is online learning worth the money and time investment? Here are some things to think about:

Are You Juggling Work and Family?

If you find yourself balancing responsibilities, but still need to advance your career, online learning may be the ideal solution for you. Working adults are the largest-growing segment of the e-learning industry. Many find it easier to log on to a class via computer than commute to a real classroom.

What is Your Learning Style?

Do you learn faster by bouncing ideas off the instructor and fellow students? Or does sitting at your computer, learning without interaction, appeal to you more? E-learning offers many learning formats, such as streaming-video lectures to e-mail to message boards. While there are a variety of learning options, students who thrive on lively discussion and idea sessions, may find online learning a lonely experience.

Can You Set Aside Chunks of Learning Time?

While online learning eliminates your commuting time, it still may take up as much time as traditional classes. Do you have enough time to work on papers, exams, and interacting with the professor and students? Those working full-time may find it challenging at first to keep up with the course-load.

Do You Know How to Find the Best Instructors and Classes?

If you are not sure what classes you need to take to reach your goals, be sure to get in touch with the instructor by e-mail or phone. By taking courses online, it is a little more difficult to get advice from fellow students on which classes to take and who are the best instructors. It will be your job to seek out that information, so you can make the most informed decision.

For More Information:

“How to be a Successful Online Student” by Sara Dulaney Gilbert

“Distance Learning for Dummies” by Nancy Stevenson

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