Online Courses

Online courses are courses in which most or all of the contents are delivered online. Standard threshold is 80% or more delivered online. There are usually no face-to-face contacts in online courses.

Online Courses

Online courses could be part of a degree, diploma or certificate program, or they could be stand-alone (or even non-credit) courses.

According to the Sloan Foundation, online enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments in the past six years.

Over 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2008 term – a 17% increase over the previous year! Indeed, more than one in four higher education students now take at least one course online.

Online courses can be prepared and delivered using several media, including video, text, audio, synchronous chats, bulletin boards, blog, podcast, social network media, emails, etc.

In many cases, your biggest concern in taking an online course is staying focused on your school works, and having adequate computer technology (and skills) , for example, broadband internet connections.

Prof. Greg von Lehmen, the provost and chief academic officer at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) maintains that “online education that is consistent with best practices is immensely beneficial to students.” He added: “there are fewer and fewer doubts about whether it can be as effective in achieving learning outcomes as face-to-face instruction.” (see the rest of the article here)

Many professors that teach traditional face-to-face courses are now also offering online versions of their courses. I teach online versions of my courses every semester, and I receive as much interest in the online versions as in the traditional ones.

So Who Should Take Online Courses?

  • You are a student enrolled in a conventional college, but want to take courses over the summer or during the intercession, to speed up your graduation
  • You are contemplating earning a degree later, but may enroll in an individual course as a first step.
  • You want to enhance your professional development by taking continuing education and college-level courses, for example, teachers, real estate professional, social workers, etc.
  • You want online training courses in fields like computer programming, software design, graphic and web design, IT certification, office software programs, etc
  • You want to learn a new language or brush up an old one … check out some online language courses
  • You want to learn a subject for intellectual enrichment … you can take any individual course you want without being boxed in by a specific degree or certificate program requirements.
  • For example, you have always wanted to have an in-depth knowledge of the Old Testament, but don’t want (or don’t have the time for) a degree in Religion or Theology, you could take an online course or courses on the Old Testament from a reputable institution.
  • From art appreciation to film studies to social psychology and more, you will find several individual online courses to enrich your mind.
  • For personal development – in addition to courses delivered by colleges and universities, there are several online courses on everything from business training and development (like investing, internet marketing, etc) to hobbies (like photography, cooking, decorating, writing, home improvement), to personal development (like time management, goal setting, meditation, etc).

One great place to find Online Courses is Education to Go (ed2go). Ed2go.com has been the industry leader in online learning for over ten years. They provide high quality online continuing education courses that are affordable and easy to use and are delivered through a network of over 1,800 top colleges and universities.

More than 1.5 million satisfied students have taken an ed2go course, and 20,000 – 30,000 enroll every month.

Choose from an ever-growing catalog of over 300 courses and learn something new online anytime, anywhere.

 

Visit Ed2Go.com today for more information …