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Friday, February 07, 2020

Is online education right for you? 5 questions answered | Online education - The Conversation Africa

Editor’s Note: 
When U.S. News & World Report released its best online education program rankings this year, many schools that fared well in the rankings were quick to call attention to their success. Here, Vanessa Dennen, a researcher of online learning and co-editor-in-chief of the journal The Internet and Higher Education, offers insights into what college students should consider before they enroll in an online degree program.

While online education may seem like a convenient way to earn a degree in the comfort of your own home or office, warns Vanessa Dennen, researcher of online learning reports of pitfalls that can seriously set a student behind.

Online education presents many conveniences but requires serious time management skills.
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1. Is online education as easy and convenient as it seems? 
Online learning may give students a choice about when and where to study, but this flexibility should not be confused with being easy or fast. Learning is a process and it takes time. By studying online, you might be able to eliminate commute time and the dreaded hunt for parking on campus, but you still have to put in the time and effort to learn.

Students with good study habits and time management skills tend to perform better online than students who procrastinate. It’s easy to put off schoolwork when there isn’t a specific class meeting time, and students who regularly choose to put other activities first may find themselves quickly falling behind in an online course. 

Source: The Conversation Africa