What It Takes to Get an Online Education

Does one have to posses a special set of skills in order to be
successful in obtaining an online degree or this is something
that everyone can do? By all means, it is quite achievable for
everyone. However, the results will vary drastically. For some,
obtaining an online degree is easier to say than to do. So, what
qualities can be considered as beneficial? These are some of
them:- Being a self starter – Possessing time management skills- Being well organized, prioritizing many different tasks- Able to adjust well to a new reporting system,
programs, and methods of communication.- Able to measure his/her progress at all the times- Establishing rapport with instructor and other students- Submitting work on time, keeping up with schedule- Being result orientedDetermination, good planning and persistence are the
cornerstones of online education. Let’s add another quality to
make four corners: commitment. Determine your goals, make a
plan, stay committed and never give up. Sounds like a formula
for success. It is also a hard work that requires an exceptional
self-discipline.In exchange it offers a great flexibility. It is almost as if
you are managing your education every step at the time. All is
possible and sky is your limit. So use it wisely, enjoy, and
don’t forget to have some fun too.In some respect, being an online student is like being an
entrepreneur. It’s a lot of responsibilities and, you are liable
for everything. The qualities that you acquire during your
online studies are absolutely vital and very unique. It helps
you to build your career, take care of your personal growth, and
successfully take upon yourself different roles that life can
offer.The bottom line is while it takes a lot of effort and
determination to get an online education, it is also builds you
into much stronger person capable of dealing with many life
challenges. It’s definitely a great bonus that any online course
offers for free.

Choosing the Right Online Education Program

My main motivations for wanting an advanced degree were to teach and to earn extra money doing it. As I’ve discovered from my years as an online instructor, many people enroll in school for many reasons. I’ve found that the overall main reason is self-improvement. More and more people are discovering that their chances for advancing at work will only improve if they have a college degree, whether it’s a two-year, four-year or post-graduate degree.The reasons people decide to return to school vary. Here are some comments from some of my past students on why they went back to school (the names have been changed to protect the innocent):”I am 50, married for 33 years have 6 children… I decided to go back to school because my husband started his own business about 6 years ago. I started doing the books and found out that I need some help… I made up mind I can do anything.”
-Eleanor C.”I quit school in the 11th grade then eventually got my GED. My current major is business. With my degree I am hoping to own my own hotel or resort.”
-Melissa A.”After 27 years, the toll construction puts on your body, prompted me to do as I’m doing now. My degree will allow me to either take on a very good office job or do smaller businesses on my own.”
-Dale R.As you might have noticed, the comments appear to be from older adults and they all deal with self-improvement. I’ve found the majority of my students are older adults, with jobs, and families. (Is that where you are in life right now?) They want to advance at work or they want to find a better job that requires some kind of degree. Some students are younger people who started working right out of high school, might have a few community college courses under their belts, and want to continue their educations while they keep working.So, why do most of these folks say they want to take online classes? For the very same reasons: they are older adults, with jobs and families. They cannot take or make the time to sit in a college classroom for several nights a week to earn a college degree. You are probably in the very same situation. I know that I was.If you are diving into distance learning, you are part of a growing group. Research shows that the number of post-secondary students taking at least one online class is growing at a faster rate faster than the increase of overall higher education enrollments.The main reason many students say they enroll in online education programs is convenience, as well as the schedule flexibility. Is that one of your main reasons? While there are assignment deadlines for discussions, tests and papers, students can work at their own pace to some degree. You will still have deadlines to meet but you can juggle your personal time to get it all done.Online learning is becoming right for more people. I am sure you’ve noticed that many of the major Ivy League level schools are offering free (usually non-credit) courses called MOOCs. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. They can and do serve hundreds upon thousands of students. But while MOOCs seem fascinating, and the thought of enrolling in a course where some of our country’s greatest minds have attended seems intriguing, are they really the best environment for the new online learner. I think the short answer is “no.” MOOCs are too much of a one-size-fits-all environment and do not work for everyone.David Youngberg is an assistant professor of economics at Bethany College. In August of 2012, he wrote an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education in which he recounted his experiences in a MOOC he took through Stanford. He didn’t seem all that impressed with the massive teaching program. In his commentary, he pointed out what he saw as some of the major flaws with MOOCs: It’s too easy to cheat, star students don’t stand out, computers can’t grade everything, and money can substitute for ability.While I do think that an employer will be more impressed with a resume from someone who earned a college degree from a conventional school compared to a distance learning school, I also would like to give that employer some credit in evaluating the applicant. If the applicant earned his or her degree online while working full-time and raising a family, I think that’s all worthy of consideration. So, don’t shy away from online learning – and maybe even MOOCs just because they don’t have the same punch as an Ivy League school.It is vitally important that you really do your homework before making a commitment to an online program. There are a lot of questions you have to ask, of yourself and the schools you are considering. Not asking the schools a lot of questions is a big mistake. You need to know what you are buying into here.It is really important that you do not make a speedy decision when choosing your online program. Don’t fall victim to the hard sell. The TV commercial or the pop-up ad might catch your eye, but spend time investigating and determining what might be the best choice for you.Not only ask yourself if you want to learn online but also ask if you think you can learn online. That’s a big question. Spend a lot of time answering it before making your decision.If you plan on being an online learned be a dedicated and prepared one.