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Online Courses: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

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With today’s technology, a classroom is no longer a necessity. Students around the world are taking online courses for many reasons. Some are starting fresh out of high school and some are returning to finish the course plan that they previously started. There are even some students that are taking specific online courses to improve their value with their current positions in the form of certificate programs. Some employers are making these certificate programs a necessity after a certain amount of time in a position. For example, some companies are stating that you have to complete a certificate program before you are eligible for a salary increase. Regardless of what the reason, online courses are become more and more popular. Today’s businessmen and businesswomen need these types of courses.

Online courses are convenient. With a computer and internet access you can do your assignment from anywhere and at any time. This is a huge advantage for the working person. People are able to maintain a professional life, family life, and still have the opportunity to get a graduate or undergraduate degree or to get a certificate in a particular study.

Degrees are important to employers. There are so many people that are able to get them with the new types of technology, online, video conferencing, etc. Employers are looking at online degrees highly as long as the possible employee can show that the degree is not fraudulent. Accreditation has been designed to try to reduce the amount of fraudulent degrees that are in circulation. To make sure that the school is accredited by a credible agency, you can check it out on a couple of websites (found in the additional resources section) that have been established by government agencies to try to reduce fraud.

Time is another matter. Many people who have children, a significant other, and a career know that there is very little time to spare. To complete online courses with passing grades, studies have shown that you must be able to spend ten hours or more on each week’s assignment list. Most of the online courses that are offered are accelerated programs. This means that instead of the course lasting ten weeks, they double the work and condense it into a five week course. Each school is different in how they condense the time. Some schools offer more then five week courses and some offer less than five week courses.

Students that are fresh out of high school often choose online courses because they are able to take accelerated programs. With accelerated programs, they are able to get through their classes quicker and get into the position or career that they desire. Many high school graduates also choose online courses because they do not have to leave their parent’s home to attend classes. Online courses are less expensive than traditional classroom courses and students find that they are able to obtain temporary jobs to prepare for moving day and a new life. They can save their money and when it comes time to get their own place they have all of the things that they want going into their new life.

One of the major factors that anyone interested or currently in an online course should consider, if they haven’t already, is creating a space for school. Home is a place where you play with your children or watch television or hundreds of other things. The problem is that most of the things in your home are distractions. When you begin an online course, you should find a place in your home that takes you away from all distractions so that you can place full attention on the assignments for the week. Another idea is to pick a time that you can get rid of all distractions. For example, after the kids go to bed. Turn off the television and get to work.

Other factors are important as well, such as self-motivation, self-discipline, and responsibility. These personal attributes are a necessity to succeed in an online course. You have to be able to create and follow a schedule that is dictated by the course syllabus that you receive at the beginning of each course. This does not sound hard, but can be a very difficult task. As an online student, a great way to help motivate yourself is to create a reward program for you. For example, only allowing yourself to eat at your favorite restaurant once a course has been completed or allowing yourself to have two hours of you time after you have completed all of your assignments. This ultimately will help you be more responsible and will help you become self-disciplined.

With the business world as demanding as it is today when it comes to degrees and certificates, colleges have to offer online courses. There are hundreds of colleges and courses to choose from and each one benefits a person in a different way. It can help you get into the career you always dreamed of without losing your current job. Or it can help you get into a career quicker than you would with a traditional college.