Taking online classes can be scary. Many people have told me that taking online classes is just not for them. They are afraid of being all alone in the class with no support or camaraderie with classmates. If that is you -- read on, please.
It's true. Think of it like this: a traditional college class meets once or twice a week for about an hour. Most students come to class and sit through it without interacting with the teacher or even their classmates. In an online class, the good online instructor is there EVERY day - will respond to your questions and posts within 24 hours and will provide feedback on a regular basis. All students are required to post responses each week, and you can interact with classmates anytime, 24/7, in an online class.
When you take your class online, you can come to class when it suits you - not when the college says you have to drive to the campus. You can check in first thing in the morning, spend a few minutes updating your posts, then go off and have your day at work. When you get home, check in to class again, or on your lunch hour. The point is, you check in at YOUR convenience!
Depending on where you keep your laptop, or other Internet accessible device, you can literally eliminate the commute to class! No gas, no wear and tear on your car, just pop open your laptop and go to class!
Because of the convenience factor in taking an online class, you can save time by not having to drive to a campus. You also don't have to block out huge portions of your day to attend class because with an online class you can attend anytime from anyplace with Internet access. You can actually finish your coursework in 10 minute increments if that works for you.
In an online class, you and you alone are responsible for the learning. It is up to you to take advantage of the learning opportunities outside you your regular class that are offered by your school. It is also up to you to go to class, to do the work required and to participate in the class. These are excellent skills to learn. Once an adult learner takes responsibility for his or her own learning, that learner becomes a better student.
I have taught online classes for over 15 years and I am convinced that an adult learner with the right attitude (see #5) will be so much more successful in his or her life after school once he or she has completed an online program.
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