This comprehensive Resource Guide for Adults from WCET provides a detailed explanation of what to expect from online learning and how to choose a program that’s right for you based on your future ambitions. You’ll learn about different types of online, distance and blended learning programs; technology requirements; admissions and financing; transfer credits; and how to understand program rankings and accreditation status. If you’re still looking for a new career, explore this Occupational Handbook – the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you navigate career options.
Just as eMail is mail delivered electronically, eLearning is learning conducted via electronic technologies, specifically over the Internet. In most cases, eLearning—also commonly called ‘online learning’ or ‘distance education’—refers to a course, program or degree delivered completely online.
That means it’s ‘outside of a traditional classroom,’ although you’re typically graded on participation, assignments and examinations. And just like in traditional classroom settings, eLearning is regularly delivered live, so you can communicate and interact with course leaders, teachers, and other students via your computer or a connected mobile device. In some instances, lectures may be prerecorded.
Visit our eLearning section for a comprehensive collection of materials and links to help you understand what eLearning is all about and get you ready for your adult learning experience.
One of the nice things about eLearning is that it’s typically less costly than traditional study. And since eLearners study on their own schedules, other responsibilities—like family and work—are still possible. This makes continuing education via eLearning affordable for many. Plus, online learners can take advantage of financial aid programs just like any other college student. Every eLearning institution has extensive financial aid information that’s readily accessible online. And before you do anything, be sure to complete FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student AID. This is the starting point in the financial aid process.
Many adults with years of work experience can earn academic credit for knowledge gained in a previous career. A variety of tools can help you document your body of work and prepare for a “prior learning assessment.” This is what colleges will use to tell you if you can “test out” or waive particular course requirements. Try the College Credit Predictor for an assessment of your work experience or visit LearningCounts.org to get a better understanding of how you can get credit for your work experience. We’ve also compiled more details on Prior Learning Credits here. Be sure to check with the colleges of your choice about their policies on testing and granting life experience credits.
Are you ready to get started on the path to your next career? With so many options there’s bound to be an online program that meets your needs. For tips on what to look for see The Guide: A Resource for Going to College as an Adult or search for specific degree programs here. [Search Degree Completer Programs, State Initiatives]