Tips on living a better life
461 days ago
For whatever reason, you may have decided to complete a course online rather than at a physical college or university. While this means you may not need to buy as many school supplies there are also things to watch out for. Here’s some important tips:
Online courses and e-learning have sprouted across the web like mushrooms. They can wildly vary from being high standard and academically excellent to being shonky rip off merchants that are only after your credit card details. So you should definitely investigate the course providers’ credentials. For instance: are they affiliated to an actual college or university? Is there a physical way of contacting them on their website? And is their course accredited with the relevant education bodies in your state? Also, if they have testimonials you should certainly check them out. If possible, talk to others who have taken the course to see what their experiences were.
Learning online requires a lot of concentration and self motivation. Unlike traditional learning in a classroom or a lecture hall, you won’t have other students to inspire or help you. You also won’t have a teacher or a professor giving you deadlines. So you need to know your own capabilities. If you tend to be someone who needs lots of guided teaching or if you prefer social type learning, then an entirely online course may not be for you.
A good online course will allow you to give feedback to the tutors and teachers. Ideally it should have lots of interaction with other students. This may be in the form of an online forum or else a space where students can chat or post up their work for discussion. Just like a normal course, you should expect to have tutors available if you are having difficulties. You don’t want a course where you rarely hear feedback and feel isolated. So make sure this is one of the criteria you investigate.
In a traditional learning environment courses can be very rigid. One of the benefits of online learning is that they allow the student to cherry pick and tailor a course to his or her needs. This is not just in choosing subjects. It can also mean a mixture of theoretical and practical. Say, for instance, you’re studying hospitality training in Australia. You may want a course that gives you written online assessments but also allows you to go to do practical training in a hotel for a few days. Or perhaps you want a course that lets you change the pace of your commitment. For example, going from full time to part time without any hassle. These are all important things to consider.
All the best courses are ones that actively seek to get the latest information and research. We live in a rapidly changing world and learning should reflect that. So you should investigate how recent their source materials are. Also see if they have been running the same course for years without updating it. A simple Google search will help you uncover this. Other areas to look at are if they are using a lot of texts that are more than ten years old and if their teaching reflects changes in news or current affairs.