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How to Leverage Online Learning

March 15, 2015 On-Line Learning, SBC-Online 0 Comments

With online learning making big splashes in the education industry, many students are asking how to make the most of their experience. New studies in the field of education are now beginning to explore this question to help students figure out how to leverage online learning for a more inclusive experience.

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Obtaining a degree online is more than just reading course materials and taking multiple-choice tests through a computer screen. Many online degree programs require students to write essays, produce presentations and attend virtual classrooms with other classmates to discuss a variety of topics. Students often use online bulletin boards and forums to message each other publicly to discuss, debate and collaborate on all aspects of the course and its syllabus.

Inclusive Learning

Students who choose online learning programs to start or complete their degrees are doing so for a variety of reasons. Convenience is a big factor: Many students need to adjust and organize their lives into strict work-life-school agendas instead of having to constantly adjust every semester with a new class schedule. As a result, students prefer to do their course work on their own time, not in a classroom or auditorium at a set time among 20 to 300 other students.

However, for all the convenience and affordability online degree programs offer, students are also curious about the inclusiveness of these programs. They often opt for collaborative, participatory platforms they can use to interact with multiple professors and students interested in the same subject area.

Making the Most of It All

Online degree programs are sprouting up everywhere, so it's that much more important for students thinking about obtaining an online degree to find the right one for them. Programs that require student participation either in a virtual classroom, online bulletin board or simply via email tend to be more robust, challenging and fulfilling. However, not every course has this participatory requirement within the trajectory and path toward an online degree.

Nevertheless, students may want to seek out online forums and other message boards and email lists if they find themselves taking an online course with little or no collaborative effort. Going this extra mile will not only help them understand the material better, but they will enhance their learning experience and become higher-quality graduates with a varying level of expertise in their respective majors.

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