“Change is the end result of all true learning”
— Leo Buscaglia
Online education and online colleges are as common as eating bagels for breakfast. But how do you determine if online education is right for you? Do you have the skills and drive to be a successful online student? Ask yourself the following questions:
I. What type of learner are you? Do you prefer hands-on involvement when we are learning or do you prefer listening to someone explain how to do something?
II. Are you an outgoing, social person who enjoys being around people, or are you more introverted, preferring instead to work alone? Do you need contact with other students beyond Facebook chats and Skype chats?
III. Are you technically savvy and have the proper equipment? In order to be successful perusing an online education you must have basic computer skills and high speed internet access preferably at home.
IV. What’s you personality type? Do you prefer being in a classroom setting with other students? Do you prefer being in the comfort of your personal space while studying? Online learning settings can provide opportunities for students to communicate within the course itself by holding online discussions and blogs, you must determine if social media forums is enough interaction for you to be successful.
V. Does anyone have any questions? Ask lots of questions about all facets of online programs from your career counselor, academic advisor, or any social media outlet. These mediums will allow you to understand all the benefits and potential drawbacks for you as an individual.
VI. Test drive? If given the opportunity take a class for free or sit in on an online session to get the experience which will help you answer the question listed above. It will help you appreciate the dynamics of online education. Finally make a pros/cons list of similarities and differences of online verse more traditional education and make a decision!!
A good place to start your research is saratogacollege.com and elearners.com
Good luck in your quest for higher education!