Distance learning programs are the current trend in education. This path to earning a degree can be confusing. Here are some ways to get information about distance learning programs.
- Is online learning really right for you? Classes are accelerated and you need to be motivated and disciplined to keep up. If you want to succeed, you need focus and organization as well as self-sufficient. You can't procrastinate in an online learning environment and if you need more person to person contact, you may want to stick with a traditional classroom environment.
- From which school do you want to get your degree? Try to pick a program from a school that is accredited. Some of the online offerings are not accredited and future employers will not even consider you for a job if you get one of those degrees. Decide on which program suits you best in every category: classes offered, expectations, cost, and even ease of use.
- Call or email the school for more information. Be as specific as possible to what sort of additional materials you would like to review before making a decision. Ask about financial aid if necessary and any other costs that you may incur like online resource fees or services. See if they have a program where you can email or talk to a current student to get a better idea of what will be expected of you in the program. If they do not, try to find contact information for your program's dean or another faculty member to ask more specific questions.
- Do not let enrollment or admissions counselors pressure you into making a decision right away. You only want to request information at this point in time. Get information from a variety of schools sent or emailed to you if you can't find all of what you need on their websites.
- Read the latest press releases or articles about the program. Since online education is a hot topic right now, there is a lot of information in the form of news stories and reviews available online and in print. Read up on the advantages and disadvantages of online learning as a whole, and also look for specific information on individual schools.
There is a plethora of information on all of the different online programs available all across the world. Use your search engines to find programs and information and then request more from your preferred schools via email or by phone.