It is that time. Where signing up for your class is the next step. You are trying to be efficient with your time. Between work, school, and your personal life, taking the time to drive to class every night isn’t necessarily the best way to spend your time. What to do? After looking at the course schedule, you see “online” next to many of the courses that your advisor has recommended that you take. “Could I take an online class?”
The following are guidelines if you will be able to succeed in an online course:
- There will be a strict timeframe for all of your assignments, so be sure to plan ahead, and make note of all of your due dates.
- Online participation will most likely be a requirement. This is great for the antisocial student, an online discussion board will allow a barrier for those shy students.
- Being technologically advanced is key. You must be able to easily check your email, use the internet, etc.
- Being an independent learner is of utmost importance. This online course will allow you a lot of flexibility (time, and learning pace), but it puts a lot of responsibility on the student.
If you can still breathe after digesting some of the key points of online learning then this is the best step for you. Go register, go learn, go delve into one of the newer forms of an education. However, if after reading these points you think that “online” isn’t the best option for you, look for another option. Nowadays, many colleges are offering “blended” courses, where they meet partially online, and partially face-to-face. Speak with one of the nearby advisors, or professors and discuss some of your concerns and challenges that you have with technology or an online course. They will be able to guide you and steer you towards the correct path. They do after all have your best interest in mind.