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Face-to-Face or Online Instruction -Why Not Choose Both?

Published: May 2, 2016 | Updated: November 10, 2020

By now you’ve probably heard all about the advantages of taking online courses. They can be convenient and cost-effective, and you often get the same great content as you would from traditional instruction. Still, you’re hesitant. After all, you’ve always been more of a hands-on kind of learner. You like to try things out for yourself.

Then why not combine all the benefits of online instruction with more traditional learning? Blended learning programs allow you to attend classes on campus, but also receive instruction off campus. If you want personal attention from an instructor but can’t make it to campus five days a week, blended learning is probably right for you. Here are a couple of things to consider:

Sometimes you need to learn in-person. If you plan to have a career as a medical assistant, you definitely want the opportunity to learn directly from professionals who can demonstrate useful techniques that you can then practice. Whether you’re taking a patient’s vital signs or learning proper sterilization procedures, you’ll want constructive feedback in real time. On the other hand, is there any reason you couldn’t study about medical terminology or health record maintenance online? When it comes to insurance processing and compliance rules, you probably can learn just as easily online as offline.

Online courses require self-discipline. Your online assignments will have due dates but it’s up to you to decide how and when to do all the work beforehand. If you struggle with time management or organization, online courses could be a challenge. But there are ways even you could overcome online obstacles:

  • Confirm your technology. Don’t wait until the course begins. Make sure you have consistent online access before you start.
  • Make a schedule –and stick to it. But be realistic. Allow enough time to complete your assignments and do a good job on each and every one.
  • Access your portal every day. Communication is key if you want to succeed in online courses. Check in every day for assignments and updates.
  • Find your space. Create a dedicated space where you can complete online tasks without interruption. 
  • Connect with your instructors early and often. You’re more likely to succeed when you both acknowledge that there are actual people at the other end of all that technology.

If you’ve always dreamed of getting an education but didn’t think you could fit it into your busy schedule, think again! Online courses and blended learning programs are great for students just like you. At Charter College, we teach on campus, online and in blended learning formats. Check out all we have to offer including programs in business, health care, information technology, veterinary assistant and the trades.