Continuing your education can bring you more prosperity and put you and your family on the path to a better future. Now that you’ve decided to complete your degree online, it will take only a few seconds to familiarize yourself with these trusted “go-to” resources that can help you get started. We’ve grouped them according to some of the most common questions we’re asked by people just like you who are ready to get back to college.
The Guide: A Resource for Going to College as an Adult 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 current skills and interests. 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. Whether you’re a first-time student or returning to college – here are a few go-to-resources to assist you in reaching your educational goals: State Initiatives, Louisiana Online Assessment Tool and an Online Course Demo from the St. Petersburg College E-Campus.
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.
We’ve pulled together 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. Click here to begin.
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.
We may not all have finished college (yet!) but we all have unique life experiences. A variety of testing and assessment tools can help you demonstrate that knowledge gained from previous work or life experience may be worthy of college credit. There are a number of resources available that can assess your knowledge from prior learning experiences. 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. Keep in mind, you will need to check with the colleges of your choice about their policies on the acceptance of such credits.
Still wondering if you’re ready to become an adult learner? With so many options there’s bound to be an online program that meets your need. For tips on what to look for see The Guide: A Resource for Going to College as an Adult or visit our resource center for more information. Select a program from the Electronic Campus or visit the statewide initiatives listing.
If you’ve read this far, you’re obviously interested in pursuing an online education. You’re not alone. In 2013, one in every eight higher education students in the US studied exclusively online. And one in every four took at least one online course. The percentages have risen steadily since then. So, take the next step: begin your curriculum search here to find a degree program that meets your needs. Rest assured that only the best, accredited online education programs are listed. Begin your search.