My guest blogger today is Eileen Archer. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.
There is no going back – eLearning is here to stay, and the industry continues to grow at an exponential rate. Online coursework from middle school forward (not to mention the abundance of computer-driven instruction for home-schooled elementary students) is now available to anyone with Internet access and the money to pay. And at the post-secondary level, there are Pell Grants and student loans to cover tuition and fees.
At first glance, the prospect of online learning is certainly attractive. Who wouldn’t want the flexibility to “attend” class on his/her own time schedule? Who wouldn’t like to be “in class” in pajamas, with a pot of coffee and snacks within reach? It sounds delightful and relaxing! Online learning is not necessarily delightful and certainly not relaxing, as anyone who takes this route will tell you. There are a number of pitfalls for which you must be prepared.
First and foremost, there are, in this industry, excellent, mediocre, and absolutely fraudulent institutions. There is money to be made, and organizations driven only by profit tend to be the worst candidates for your dollar. Before enrolling in any eLearning course or program, do your research. Fortunately, simple web searches will probably tell you much of what you need to know, and be certain to check the accreditation of any institution who will be receiving your tuition!
There are also plenty of misconceptions about online learning, so here is a listing of what you can and cannot expect. Study it carefully before you decide that pajamas and coffee are preferable to going to class.
A few final words: Choose your eLearning program wisely; schedule your learning and assignment activities as if you were actually attending a physical class; and, above all, do not overload yourself with courses that you cannot finish. Start small and add as you are comfortable.
Many thanks to Eileen Archer.
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