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Interested in Online Learning? Here's What you Need to Know...

Published: January 2, 2017

If you’ve been thinking of heading back to school, you’ll want to consider all your options. Online Learning is flexible, convenient, and attainable. But is it right for you? Here’s what you need to know before you start:


You need to know the basics of technology. You don’t need to know how to program a computer or troubleshoot software, but you do need to know how to use them both. If you’re not comfortable with technology, don’t worry. Today’s portals and programs are more user-friendly than ever. And if you’d like an introduction, many libraries and community centers offer free classes. Computer training labs can help you with computer basics and teach you how to access the internet through search engines to find what you need online.


You need to be well-disciplined. Online courses that include on-campus support can help you stay focused and current with your assignments. But you still need to log in every day, complete assignments on time, and be proactive when you have questions or concerns. If you pretend that your online course is just like an on-campus course—with a much shorter commute—then you’ll understand the importance of good attendance.


You need to be well-organized. Even if you’re super motivated to stay on task, your good plans can get derailed if you’re not organized. Follow these 8 tips to get organized and stay that way for the entire length of your program:


·         Coordinate your personal calendar with your online program assignments

·         Divide assignments into long-term and short-term and make a schedule to get them done

·         Check in to the online learning portal every day

·         Set up an online learning space

·         Set up regular times to do work and complete your assignments

·         Factor in “what-if” time so if something takes you longer to complete than you planned, you won’t miss your deadline

·         Organize papers in real and virtual folders on your computer

·         Communicate with your instructor with questions as soon as you have them


You need to communicate. One of the assumptions students make when they start an online program is to think that they’re all alone. You’re not! There’s an actual, caring, professional instructor at the other end of all that technology. You just need to communicate with them. If you do that, you’re more likely to get answers to your questions, explanations of topics you don’t understand, and an understanding educator who knows the obstacles you might face. They care about your success.


If you’ve been thinking of online learning, we can help. Charter College has online programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies. Learn more here.