Monday, May 14, 2018

Tips for Continuing Your Education Online


Experience and hard work can only get you so far. You need knowledge as well. And that does not stop even after graduating from high school or college. A few generations ago, educational qualifications could only get you so far. But now continued education is important to stay relevant and hopefully advance in your position. In fact many positions require continued education to maintain licensure. For me to stay certified as a speech pathologist, I need to complete a certain amount of credits each year. After all, no matter when you left college, you can still improve yourself and your knowledge to become better at your job. But in today’s busy world, making time for continued education can be difficult. Once of the ways I work around that is by taking courses online. Technology and e-learning have made it possible for people to learn through online courses in the comfort of their own home. It’s a great value as you learn in your own time, the information and knowledge are respected in whatever industry your chosen subject matter is, and you can utilize the course you learned in the real world almost immediately. If you have ever questioned whether or not you can still develop your resume further to help you stand out, you need to check out what online courses are available to you.


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Introduction to educational technology

Many colleges have turned their eye to the internet because they know the value of giving online courses to anyone who is prepared to take them. It’s a win-win situation. The college is able to expand and drive income through online students all while giving people from all over the world an opportunity to better their future no matter what situation they’re in. Companies specializing in e-learning courses are also available to give customers a chance to learn what they have always wanted to. The best part is there is literally no course that isn’t covered. Everything from engineering, English, Mathematics, Science, food safety and hygiene, to managerial courses on how to lead people in the business there are so many courses you can take advantage of to expand your knowledge. The fees for each course and company or college vary. However, the key to making sure you are getting a valuable course is to check if the course or the entity serving the course is accredited by either an educational board or government institute. Often only courses from accredited organizations can be used for continuing education.

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Why is e-learning useful?

Will continuing your education online really help your chances of employment? Try putting yourself in the employer’s shoes. They see you are motivated to improve your knowledge and job performance. You are staying current in your field. Whether you are taking courses online or at a traditional institution, the effort is still there. If you are worried about online courses not being respected as much as a traditional course, think about it this way. Are your grades less important than where you took your course? No, of course not! Even if someone went to a real-world university, if they earned poor grades, they wouldn’t be an attractive prospect when looking to hire. Business CEOs recognize that e-learning courses are widespread and 83% believe them to be just as high quality as credited traditional courses. Take for example the lean online courses for people who work in manufacturing. A person with this position understands the importance of quality control and process management. Why would they be any less knowledgeable than someone who sat in a lecture hall, listening to teachers while reading and studying the exact same thing? The only thing that employers want to know is if you earned a good grade in the course as a way of proving you know the material (and remember there is even help available online, like a physics tutor for a higher level science course). They also want to know if the and course was accredited and given the green light as trustworthy and quality education.  


The old stereotype of online courses being inferior to traditional courses is a thing of the past. The world of work wants motivation, knowledge, and talent. It doesn’t matter if you learned the material in a lecture hall or at home on your computer as long as you know how to use it.

15 comments:

  1. More and more online learning is becoming the thing to do - so convenient!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  2. This a wonderful way to continue education. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. That's interesting that you have to take a certain number of credits per year to stay certified! I am so impressed with all that you manage to fit into your day!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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  4. It does make it so convenient to have classes online!! Because learning is never a bad thing!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  5. This is such a good reminder! I occasionally look at a variety of online courses but haven't taken any yet - I need to get with it!

    Laura
    Black Coffee Beautiful

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  6. This is so great. I’d be a professional student if I could and would love to get my doctorate. Learning should be lifelong.

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  7. I am a huge fan of online learning--it makes it possible to go to school when you have a family! My MLS program is partially online, which is nice, and I hope to always be taking classes of some kind when I can. I love to learn!

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  8. I haven't taken online courses yet but I've been searching to see what I can extend my learning into. It's important to continue to educate ourselves even beyond our jobs. Great post!

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  9. I work in education and this is the trend right now!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  10. I have to admit that i need to be present when it comes to education because if not I just don't focus!

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  11. Great tips,It's neccesary to learn :)

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  13. I've been out of college since 2000 and it is just amazing how much it has changed since then. E-classes are one of them! I would probably be lost if I went back for my Masters. That is interesting that you have to take credits to stay up to date with your field, but that is so good!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  14. This is just one of the many beautiful things the internet and computer technology has brought mankind; conveniently easy for people to expand their knowledge and expertise with these e-courses.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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