Connecting to Your Future

Online courses offer convenience and control for continuing education and more

Online courses offer convenience and control

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The world around us is rapidly changing. Technology is advancing at an exponential rate. Innovations are changing the way we live, work and interact. And the world is becoming larger, yet smaller at the same time.

It’s no coincidence then that the way we learn is also evolving. Which is one of the reasons that colleges and universities are branching out from their ivy-covered walls to take education to a more virtual level. Instead of students going to class, class is now going to the students via online courses.

Online courses are a win/win for both individuals and institutions of higher learning. For colleges and universities, it’s a great way to extend education to more people without needing to increase dorm accommodations or hire additional staff. It also generates a new revenue stream that was previously untapped.

For individuals who are interested in continuing education, online courses are extremely affordable in relation to traditional, on-campus schooling. They are convenient in that students do not have to be on the same timetable as their professors, so people with full- or part-time jobs can review course work when it fits into their schedule, as long as work is completed by the designated date(s). And online courses provide an educational opportunity to those who may not be in close proximity to a college or university without having to relocate.

Let’s take a look at four different groups of people and how online courses can be especially beneficial to each.

Rising High School Seniors

For high school students who are planning to continue on to college, the competition for getting accepted is fierce. You may want to consider taking an online course or two during the summer between your junior and senior years of high school to show the college or university of your choice how seriously you want to attend that school.

According to statistics, at least 40 percent of graduating high school seniors are not properly prepared for college-level studies and must enroll in remedial math, reading or writing classes during their freshman year in college. Talk with the Admissions Office at the school you are interested in to see if taking one of these courses online can be used to satisfy any remedial requirements they may have and if it will improve your changes of being accepted.

If you have already received acceptance letters and have made your choice on which school you’d like to attend, give some thought to taking a few online courses over the summer before you start. There are generally two summer semesters available that run six weeks each so you can get a jump on completing some core requirement classes before you officially begin your college career.

For those students who would like to attend college but have no idea what subject matter to pursue, taking online courses over the summer (perhaps even into the first semester of what would be your freshman year) is an excellent way to see what sparks your interest.