How To Implement Online Learning

Most of us online learners are familiar with the idea of online education. You have had courses in many different universities and colleges that you have decided to attend online.

How To Implement Online Learning

This article is provided by Mina Benishani, who leads student success and retention teams at two different colleges. Be sure to click the “Submit With Images” button to see many more stats.

I have five degrees: a B.A. in English from Florida State University, a M.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University, a Masters in Human Services from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and I am the only mom in the six member of my family, all of whom hold post secondary degrees.

The Princeton Review seems to have forgotten that fourth-grader: I didn’t start college until I turned 23! You might be asking: What did I do before I got those diplomas? Between my undergraduate studies and obtaining my Juris Doctorate, I taught in high schools in Cleveland and San Antonio for six years, wrote radio commercials for a local television station, and worked in a handful of part-time jobs to make ends meet.

I only got serious about making my goals a reality when I realized it was time to use my degree from Texas to pursue my dream job. I wanted to be the litigator I was reading about, or the multicultural public speaker I heard on the radio. I wanted to be a super-mom.

In her long career at the Princeton Review, President Lenore Ditzler has worked to break down boundaries to support students who come from all walks of life. Her history of helping students succeed in college is representative of the future of the changing nature of education.

Hansons Magazine reported that in 1980, nearly 3 percent of college seniors were graduates of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Today, only 1.2 percent are. Women who are married and women who are at least 25 years old with at least a bachelor’s degree make more money than women who have never completed a college degree, $62,229 compared to $57,423, but wages are falling: the median wage for those with a high school diploma and no college is still $37,600.

I know how hard it is to make it as a working mom in college, so I would like to share the following tips to help those you meet online!

Talk to your HR rep about becoming a certified SSN lender in the Loan Department. Make sure to ask about what they can do to help you achieve your goals (not only in money, but in terms of office hours, etc.). Don’t have time? The Department of Higher Education’s National Center for Academic Transformation will offer free online resources. Check out Earn The Bachelor and Graduate College Navigator. Get to know your professors! Before class, reach out to professors to meet face-to-face, to ask questions (as in, “I’m writing a dissertation… can you help?”), and to ask to read your syllabus. Make sure you have decent notes! It’s easy to overlook small things in the margins of a piece of paper. Never leave notes that indicate where you were on that night. Place your notes inside your backpack or handbag. Decide what type of learning environment you need! This could take the form of smaller courses at a community college or a three-year college; a large lecture hall; or a small seminar room, where you can discuss the class in depth and ask lots of questions (all of which help define your goals). Think about your situation. For me, I focused on getting my PhD in Law because I wanted to make a career of it. I think making yourself more visible in a school’s community is an excellent way to maximize the ROI of your degree. Reach out to the people who can help you achieve your goal. Sometimes I ask “How can I help you?” This includes people who are successful students, students who work for an organization that helps folks get degrees, or professors who can create courses you may want to enroll in.

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Learn from Mina Benishani! She has been designing and delivering courses, both online and face-to-face, for over 20 years.

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