We all love the freedom to teach at home. But is it worth taking out a loan for a course where you can’t get a new computer?
What Do Professional Developers Think Of Online Schools For Learning
If you’re looking for something a little different to get you excited about traditional schooling, we’ve found a way to get you looking. Online programs are popping up like tech trends come, and now we’re hearing about programs to brush up on business skills while you’re in your 20s. But not everyone has the same interest in online schooling, and to help clarify the issue, Entrepreneur spoke with several professionals who are experts in learning through digital platforms.
For now, what I’ve learned is that you’re unlikely to get a better education from a program on a completely different medium than the one that’s in front of you.
So think about this: How do your real world experiences and personality mesh with a college course? Do the numbers stack up with course structure? What’s the price difference and how much can you get for it?
What do you do online in terms of school?
The first part is important. I think it’s a good thing to separate people based on age, and to stress the importance of studies that are tailored to your needs.
“Even if your purpose is general education like you are interested in business, if you have just sold a video game startup, or you are a trained Chef and want to study restaurant, you need a specific course that understands what you are and what you do,” says Shannon Burrell, General Manager at Simon School of Business.
From there, it’s about understanding the messaging in the program.
“Especially online, certain course requirements will focus a lot on each topic, the science behind each topic, and also the amount of self-learning components that you are going to need in order to reach that end result,” says Burrell.
Tutorials will take on added meaning if you’re getting something in a way that you’re not used to. Give yourself an opportunity to navigate more through video than audio. How much on-demand, one-on-one access do you need?
“We think on-demand is really important because that allows the instructors to visit you during breaks, after class, right there when you need help,” Burrell adds.
How do your real world experiences and personality mesh with a college course?
We just talked about how students need one or two specific things in a course, and even the math behind them, and that helps define course content. But the website that you’re using to learn digitally comes into play in terms of how well you’re able to do, as well.
“Online is about getting the right form of information in your life at a time and place when you want it, and that needs to be a place that is always with you,” says Mary Jane Pellegrino, Director of Human Resources and Recruiting at Broadway Educational.
As a result, one of the key things to remember is, when you are enrolling into these online courses, you’re taking them because you want it to be available to you, no matter where you are or what time of day it is.
How do the numbers stack up with course structure?
Take my lunch break… or much later! If you don’t have time to read the note, good. That’s good too.
The thing is, if you are scheduled to have the course twice a week, be ready to switch.
“It’s critically important that they know, from the very beginning of the curriculum to the end, that you’re going to take them as much as needed,” Pellegrino says.
The economy has shifted and that means many campuses are not sustainable, she says.
“They need to generate money for themselves, and certainly to get you in the door, so they have to work with what the marketplace is at the time,” she adds.