Choosing online learning courses

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Online learning guide

Online courses come in so many topics, degrees and certificates that it can be hard to select the right type of online course or program for you. You will be faced with the task of choosing a course that will give you the degree you are looking for and one that will also fit in with your lifestyle and day to day routine. To help you choose the best one to fit all this and of course your budget, here are some simple tips to guide you:

Does the course delivery suit your learning style?

By using the list below you can get some idea of what types of course activities will match your style of learning. Every one of us will of course learn in a different way and courses can’t be tailor made to suit everyone’s style but with a little help you can decide which might be more suitable for your learning style.

If you learn best by reading then look for courses which offer a delivery of:

* E-books

* Text books

* And any other required reading material

If you learn best by listening then look for courses which offer a delivery of:

* Audio lectures

* Sound bytes which explain ideas and concepts

If you learn best by seeing then look for courses which offer a delivery of:

* Graphical demonstrations

* Video

If you learn best by doing then look for courses which offer a delivery of:

* Quizzes

* Exams

* Assignments

* Practical examples

If you learn best by speaking or communicating then look for courses which offer a delivery of:

* Threaded discussion groups

* Chat rooms

* Email

Also consider asking yourself these questions before signing up for a particular course:

Are you looking to study towards a degree for professional development or are you looking for a personal enrichment class?

By deciding on this in advance you can narrow your options quite a lot, courses in which you earn a degree are usually longer and more intense than one for more personal levels.

Would you be better with an instructor led course or a self led one?

Some of us work and learn more when we have deadlines and structures while others are happier being left to their own devices and are quite happy to work at their own pace.

How much are you willing to spend on the course or program?

The more in depth the course or program then of course the more its going to cost you, a comprehensive course leading to a degree will cost a whole lot more than a short course for you own personal satisfaction.

Do you want a course with open enrollment or scheduling?

If you choose a course with open enrollment then you can start at any time and work to your own schedule, scheduling will take this option away as you will have to work to following the timing of the school, college or university.

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