There’s no doubting the fact that we live in an age of information, usually instant information. We’ve become very used to accessing information at the speed of light, or at least as fast as our Internet connection allows. A natural progression to this is access to online education and e-learning. Online education knows no boundaries; it’s global. It’s also hugely convenient. Therefore, there are many people around the world who have embraced the notion of being able to complete a college level education from the comfort of their own homes.
However, the online world certainly isn’t for everyone. Some people for instance still whip out a deck of real cards when they want to play solitaire. Then there are those who have probably never seen a deck of real cards in their lives. If you’re part of the former group, chances are online learning isn’t something you’re going to want to embrace. You may not even have the equipment to be able to do so. Alternatively, some people don’t have the self-discipline needed to work unsupervised in a home environment. After all, the distractions are many! This is where colleges and universities come in.
How do you determine if an online education is something you can do, or if you’d be better off going to college or university instead?
Do you have self-discipline? Sure, we all have some of this to a degree, but it may not be enough to get through a full online degree course. When you’re in the driver’s seat, it needs more than just a little bit of discipline to successfully complete an online degree. It may be e-learning, and you may be lounging on the couch working in your pyjamas, but you still have to complete the various modules and get your assignments done on time, as well as do the necessary tests. You’re also totally responsible for actually learning the course content too. Ultimately, if you wind up failing your course, you can’t blame poor teachers, poor facilities, or any of the other things that are often used as an excuse for flunking. Some people just don’t have the ability to motivate or discipline to do this, in which case they’re better off just heading off to college or university instead.
How do you learn most effectively? Everyone learns differently and by that I mean the process by which we take on board and retain information. E-learning and online classes involve a lot of reading, although these days you may be able to obtain audio or video versions of the content. If learning this way is not your strong suit, you may need to do your degree the old fashioned way by physically attending the educational institution.
How strong is your desire to succeed? An online education requires a lot of commitment so if you don’t particularly have that drive to succeed in getting a degree, e-learning may not work out for you. Once you’ve received the course material, the rest of it is up to you. Whether you go on and complete it, or give up part way through is entirely your decision.
Ultimately, there are many ways to obtain an education, and a degree or some type of industry certification. The fire service is a good example of this. Online fire officer classes are just one of the options available for those wanting to further their fire fighting career. However, as is the case with most online courses, many people find it easy to give up through apathy. Therefore, if you aren’t 100% totally committed to completing your assignments, studying the course content, and learning the material provided to you, don’t waste yours or your instructor’s time. Most online courses are self-paced but this doesn’t mean you can take the rest of your life to complete them!