People at the present moment don’t entirely “get it”, but keep seeing it become a more prominent thing. Why would you study online? Jut go to the college! Is a frequent comment, similarly as – it’s not the same as real studying. Last time I checked, you were sitting on your computer at home typing your essay so yeah, it’s pretty similar, actually. But there’s more to it and let me tell you why!
In movies I’ve seen all this big preparation for kids packing up and leaving for college, but when watching these western education traditions, I never thought about the other kind of people. Who are these other individuals, you might wonder?
These other kind of people are the ones who benefit from online learning. Moms who might have had to put off their education because of family growth now can get the same education at their own pace. Young businessmen who might be running across the globe can expand their knowledge literally on the go while on a plane to Rio. There are individuals who are juggling jobs to sustain themselves, they might find it easier to study at home in the evening or in the long coffee break on Tuesdays.
And me, a person with a disability can get an education that I have interest in, if nothing else is accessible. Living in a country that is a bit behind on accessible institutions is quite sad, so I seeked and found a solution like any other striving person would. So what does it matter that I did it differently than you? I’ve seen more able people slack than disabled people sit around doing nothing.
Here’s another list, man I like lists, okay.
Stuff’s expensive. Right on the main issue – costs. Some have the money, some are given the money, some found the money in grammas sock drawer. Living on campus or moving to the area if you’re not a native costs a ton of cash. If you can afford, that’s awesome! If you live near, that’s great too. If you have a job that let’s you come in when school’s done, that’s cool. If you have someone to take care of your little spawns while you’re in a lecture – that’s lovely. You, my friend, are the ideal candidate to go study at a college and avoid online studies!
My goodness, from what century are you? If you go into a university and think you’ll sit there and intelligence will flow into your brain while the professor scribbles on a ridiculously huge blackboard – you’re a bit wrong.
In college, they give you guidance and you’re responsible to learn the material according to the layout of the education plan, which is neatly crafted in steps so your studying has a pattern. If you think you can study by yourself, sure, there is likely all the information you will ever need on the internet and the library, you can easily find things to study, but it’s likely to be more random than precise.
Just go study if you can. If you really want to learn, you’ll go for the studying process not just the college experience. But if you have no interest in higher education, don’t do it. Not everyone needs it, not all professions require it. Think about it this way – would you want a dentist who learned by reading books in a library? Or someone who has that darn diploma pasted on the reception wall in their office? The second one has likely gone through the learning processes that he didn’t know he needed, but the first one learned what he thought he needed. There’s a lot more than knowing how to fix a tooth and it applies to many professions – there’s a lot beneath the surface.
You have all your readable content online in a neat, organised sections week by week. You submit work. Use emails. You skype or call your professors. You videotape if necessary. You watch videos. You write discussions. You talk to your class. This is not rocket science, guys. It’s about being attentive to your work and making your lazy arse study the material. It’s all been thought about and is presented in a learning environment where everything is connected and explained.
Basically, if you want an actual degree, you need to look for universities/colleges that are accredited, known institutions. In simple terms, that means that the higher education that they provide has been checked for quality and is assured to be legit. Take advantage of google to research. You will study for a degree the whole “real” amount of time, which is 2 or 4 years (usually) and in the end get a diploma and associates/bachelors/masters degree, depending on what you’re going for. These will obviously cost more, but you’ll have a chance to apply for scholarships.
You will be taught subjects that are nothing like your degree, for example – math, writing, literature, business, anthropology and more – rom my experience. There are option to choose some subjects above others, but some are obligatory, like math was for me and no, I am not good at it, so thank the lord almighty I passed.
If you want just an online course, there are both accredited institutions providing these as well as more simple organizations that might have short period (few weeks/months) of studying and you might get a certificate in the end of it, but I am not sure of how it works. Courses like these are largely a lot cheaper as well, but it doesn’t mean that they teach less. You’ll probably not have to study other subject than what you signed up for.
There’s a reason why online learning is a thing of the 21st century and it is about the fact of letting everyone have a chance. The same chance – different approaches. It’s not going to be handed over to anyone, you’ll have to first work your butt to get to it, then work your butt to get through it and let me tell you, it’s not easy!
P.s. I graduated Savannah College of Art and Design June 2016 doing 4 harsh years of eLearning to get a bachelors degree in graphic design. And anthropology was one of my fave, eye opening classes, so yeah. Ftw.
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