How Do You Reference An Online Learning Page

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Here’s a secret about online courses: they use a lot of technology. Between features like better grading software and on-screen quizzes, you know that if you run across a website that has a quiz, you’ll have to go click the link to take it. It’s just too tempting!

But how do you avoid being taken advantage of? I’ve had some experience on that front. I was taught online at a nonprofit digital marketing firm, and I absolutely sucked at the whole online learning and digital marketing thing. In fact, I screwed it up so badly that I lost trust in the entire industry (and in myself, the rest of my life). I didn’t understand the creative tools, and I didn’t understand what business goals it was trying to achieve. It all just felt so complicated. But when I went to re-enroll, it was all a matter of scrolling down the screen and simply clicking to take the next class.

Then, I saw this. The first thing you have to do, here at Babble, is post your explanation of what you want to cover. The second thing you have to do is read your explanation. The third thing you have to do is click on the quiz that asks about topics such as “key selling points for a new product,” “creative samples you can use in advertising,” and so on.

Okay, I haven’t even gotten to the actual content. That should’ve been the easiest part, right? Nope. As any astute internet user knows, there are different types of websites with different formats. Does this look like an actual college website? At all? Most likely not.

When I went to re-enroll at Babble, my manager told me that the way they used to do it before I’d been there, you had to apply to your course first and then fill out a report that showed you how many hits to each topic were generated. When I told her about the new method, she said, “Oh, that can’t be good.” She was worried that students would come in under-prepared. For this reason, she said, the “traditional method” still worked for us.

And I had already seen enough of my manager’s paranoia to realize that was obviously not the case. But still, I was thinking, am I doing something wrong? Should I just tell her that it works for me, and it means I get to use the Babble logo instead of the LinkedIn one? (Luckily, this is common sense.) Because it just seems so cruel. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars on some fancy courses that have given you no real value. You paid for this, right? And how can the website you paid for really care if you’re so confused?

In any case, I decided it was best to wait until my new manager took over and went back to a more traditional method for re-enrollment, but I knew that wouldn’t work. So, I thought, it’s pretty obvious, though. They’re doing this so that they can make money from me! And so they can trick me into checking out and give me the useless demo that’s called “bulk orders.” But that is definitely a red flag for me. I can’t stand being taken advantage of or deceived, and I’m not going to do that here.

Here’s what I did: I just opened the page and said, “I read the tutorial and I’m curious. I’m thinking of re-enrolling to make some money. Can you please help me determine what to study next?” Then I took a look at the options presented. The choices were either Introduction to Email, Copywriting, Online Store, App Development, or Marketing & Branding. The other option is Teacher Training. What the heck does that entail? Okay, sure, but it doesn’t have anything to do with an actual Babble class. I clicked on Copywriting, and then a small box pops up saying that it’s a Mastery Learning Program, which is a certification program from Edureka. That’s cool. But then, at the bottom of the page, they offer five different certificates from different providers, ranging from Mastering Social Media to the Advanced Certificate in Social Media Marketing. It’s called any certificate program. The only difference is the availability.

This is madness.

So, the way to avoid being taken advantage of online? Don’t click on the links in a good idea post. Stay on your course’s page and read your explanation. Never make assumptions. The best answer is: never mind! If anyone is actually wasting your time or just clicks on anything they think is a link, it’s probably not.

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