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, there are many forms of financial aid that military learners can apply for. To start putting together a financial aid package that fits your specific needs, click on your service below for a direct link to the educational benefits they provide:
The American Council on Education (ACE) collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to publish recommendations on the amount, type, and level of college credit that higher education institutions should consider when evaluating military or civilian training and experience. Because ACE evaluates each course or program, recommendations may vary from year to year. To determine if any non-academic military experience or training you’ve completed has been recommended for College Credit by ACE
Transitioning from active duty service member to eLearning student can seem overly complex. That’s why professionally trained counselors are so helpful when a military learner is pursuing eLearning.
There are many counselor support programs recommended by DANTE to assist you, including: helping establish a civilian education goal and degree plan; advising on course selections; navigating form preparation and submission; explaining funding alternatives; evaluating credit-by-examination programs; assisting with non-traditional course enrollment; and plotting degree completion.
There’s no reason to do it alone. Help is always available! Learn more here.
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.