What To Be Aware Of When Choosing The Right Online College

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On Apr 17, 2019
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What To Be Aware Of When Choosing The Right Online College

Online education is experiencing explosive growth with nearly 6 million students across the US currently enrolled in some type of online degree course. It isn’t only first timers that are studying online either. Many professionals are taking up the challenge and using it as an opportunity to further their education, obtain higher qualifications, and earn themselves a higher income. One of the biggest advantages to online learning is that it removes the barrier of location from the equation. If the courses you want to study are not available in your own town, state or even country, it’s no longer an issue. Where once you would have had to relocate if you really wanted to study that particular course, the Internet has changed all that. Now you can simply find a college or institution somewhere in the world that offers those courses, check its accreditation, and enroll. However, whilst enrolling in an online degree sounds easy and relatively straight forward, there are pitfalls that you should be aware of.

Avoid falling into the trap of enrolling in one of the so-called diploma mills. These are ‘fake’ educational institutions that exist purely to milk unsuspecting students of thousands of dollars in return for worthless degrees that are not recognised by industry or by any employer worth working for. Do your research first and ensure that the course you’re enrolling in is accredited and offered by an accredited institution. If the certification you want is industry specific, find out if that requires you to take courses approved by a particular industry based college. For example, if you want to enroll in fire fighting courses, you’ll need to enroll in online courses like the Florida State Fire College classes.

Not everyone is suited for an online education. It takes self discipline and motivation to sit down and study when there may be other things you’d rather be doing. With online study, the onus is very much on the student to get the work done. This means setting a goal around the timeframe in which you want to obtain your degree, and then working out how much work you need to put in daily, weekly, and monthly to achieve that.

Even though you’re studying online, don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re on our own. Even online students are assigned to a lecturer or trainer, or will have one available to answer questions and provide assistance. Make a point of keeping in touch with them, and with others who may be doing the course at the same time. Many universities and colleges have message boards, chat groups, and forums available. Use them, and experience the benefits that collaborative learning can provide. After all, you’d be doing all that if you were attending college in person.
If you’ve already done some of the course work previously, don’t forget to get those credits transferred. It means you’re not starting from scratch and redoing things you’ve already done. This is also where it’s important to ensure the course you’re taking, and the institution offering it, is accredited. You may also be able to get credits based on life experience. Check with the institution to find out more about what types of credits are available.

Remember to avail yourself of all the available online resources offered. There are many sites dedicated to providing the type of specialist information you may require and finding these sites could well save you buying expensive text books.