Online learning: College on your schedule
Everyone does it.
From large universities to the local community college, online learning is no longer a new thing, but a solid piece in the educational landscape. Whether it’s getting a high school diploma, bachelor’s or graduate degree, even some doctorates, online learning – education delivered electronically through the use of technology – is a game-changer in the lives of many adult learners. .
According to the Babson Survey Research Group, the growth of online learning has been “relentless”. Babson’s most recent study available on online education found that over 30% of all higher education students at least distance education class and online student enrollment increased for fourteen consecutive years through 2016. (In California, the number of students taking online education courses increased by 18.0 % between 2012 and 2015, more than the national average growth of 11.0% during this period.)
This online education has made huge strides and comes as no surprise to the National University, a higher education institution that has led the way in making education accessible to adult learners. National offers over 150 online programs to students from across the country and around the world. National students are people like you, active adults who seek to progress; career changers look to new opportunities; single parents juggle work, school and family to build better lives; active duty military personnel studying on base; and military veterans transitioning to civilian careers.
As one of the most military-friendly colleges, you are as likely to find domestic students studying on the base between deployments, taking online courses on a submarine, or completing homework between clandestine operations as you are to find them. connect with other veterans on the Veterans Center campus – in short, everywhere and anywhere, whatever their schedule. There are two things that all domestic students have in common: they are motivated and believe in the power of education. For many of them, online learning helps achieve their educational goals.
What Makes Online Learning a Good Solution?
- In a nutshell – accessibility. Technology has practically erased the distance; flexible online course delivery and an Internet connection allow anyone, anywhere, to learn. Using technologies such as video conferencing tools and virtual blackboards that allow you to access resources, share your work, communicate and collaborate with fellow students, and gain support from your instructors, learning online means the classroom is wherever you are you are.
In addition, instructional delivery is often flexible, meaning the class can be “in session” at a time that suits you. Online training is typically delivered in one of two formats:
- Synchronized online lectures scheduled at set times, much like a classroom on campus, where you, your teacher, and classmates are all in attendance at the same time.
- Asynchronous pre-recorded conferences accessible at any time according to your schedule. Sometimes asynchronous lessons are supplemented by set times to connect with your classmates and your teacher. All students have the same deadlines for completing tasks and homework, but course materials, lectures, tests, and homework are accessible anytime, night or day.
National’s unique four-week course format can make planning even easier. Domestic students take one course at a time, each course lasting four weeks. This type of course format not only allows you to delve deeper into specific topics, but it allows even greater flexibility to plan your education around other life or work commitments – or an option to speed up. your graduation or take a break in life. is in the way.
Accessibility to education can make all the difference for working adults – as the personal stories of domestic students repeatedly prove. (For example, Find out how a former national who suddenly found herself a single parent, studied for her MBA while working full time as an equipment manager and looking after a young child.)
- Online education can be transformer. Whether you are new to the workforce, wanting to advance your career, or want to change your life or career direction, education can be essential. Do you want proof? Here is the story of a national alum who started her journey from hairdresser to lawyer with an online BA from National (and later an online MBA as well). If you dream it, you can do it, with the right education and the right motivation.
- Online learning is legitimate – if you choose a good program. Not all online learning programs are created equal. And this is where you really need to do your homework and assess not only the flexibility of the programs or schools you have in mind, but also the quality. Getting your training online at an accredited institution is very important. Accreditation not only guarantees a certain level of academic quality, but it is also important for obtaining federal financial aid and for transferring credits. Graduation from an accredited institution may also be a requirement for certain industry certifications or professional designations.
If accreditation is a good quality signal, the reverse can be a signal of caution. If a school is not accredited, has lost accreditation, or is in danger of losing accreditation, this can be a red flag. This can indicate that students are not graduating with the appropriate skills, and it can also mean that a larger than acceptable percentage of students fail to complete their degree. If you are considering an online degree or any form of online education, protect yourself and your educational investment by confirming that you are considering properly accredited colleges and universities. And keep in mind that not all accreditations are the same either. While regional accreditation probably opens up more possibilities for you, the answer to what type of accreditation a college should have really depends on your specific needs and career goals. You can learn more about the different types of accreditation and other important factors in our blog post.
The National University has been accredited since 1977 by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is home to several accredited degree programs, including ABET accreditation Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and one Bachelor of Science in Nursing accredited by the Commission on College Nursing Education. Learn more about all of our on-campus and online degree programs here.
- Online education technology is probably something you are already familiar with. Online education has many similarities to the work environments we live in every day. In an increasingly globalized world of work, your colleagues may be halfway around the world in a different time zone. With the growth of remote working, you can work from your home office away from your corporate headquarters yourself.
Technology doesn’t really care about distance. Much of our day-to-day business interactions are already done through technology – video conferencing, texting, online chat platforms and email. Online education is no different. Even if you’re used to taking classes on campus, making the transition to an online classroom environment isn’t as difficult as you might think. With technology constantly evolving at a rapid pace, becoming easier to use and more streamlined in capabilities, you can leverage what you already know while discovering upcoming communication options as you complete your training. .
Still worried about embarking on an online degree or college on your own schedule? Our blog posts with a checklist for returning to school and tips for maintaining a work-life balance while you study at home have a lot of useful information that can reassure you. So whether you were looking to get a online license, a master’s degree, if you are still in active service, or get out of the army to a new career, National’s online training options can make it possible.
Online learning continues to change the way we learn, study and work. It opens up opportunities that have significant career and life impacts, and it facilitates lifelong learning for career advancement or personal growth. It can allow you to launch a second or even a third career. And for adult learners, today’s technology puts this education at their fingertips.
To learn more about online learning at the National University, please visit our online training program page.