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002: Choosing An Online College Program

2015-08-12
Length: 33s

CHOOSING AN ONLINE COLLEGE PROGRAM

 

All online program are not created equal.  In this episode find out how to ask the right questions and search for the right criteria that will save you time and money.  

 

You may decide you are going back to school or are changing careers or a new job. Maybe you may want to finish up your degree that you started years earlier. 

 

A lot has changed in last 10 years.  Working adults have many more online college program option available to them that simply didn't exist in the past.  They are many new online program offered by online universities. 

 

This episode will discuss the following criteria that are essential for any potential online college student.  

 

They include: 

 

First Impressions 

Reputation  

Accreditation 

Total Cost 

Online Format 

Faculty 

Curriculum & Their Approach to Learning 

Student Services

 

Additionally, this episode will provide you with the critical questions  to ask.  This podcast can save you a lot of time and money.  Just as important, it will be able to help you select the right online program for you.

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001: eLearning Stereotypes and Myths

2015-08-06
Length: 29s

eLearning is a growing field.  It does have critics.  Here are some common eLearning myths.  Don't believe them!

Myth #1 eLearning Quality is Poor

Poor compared to what?  Dr. Thomas L. Russell's website No Significant Difference , lists over 355 research-based studies (not opinions) that demonstrate that courses taught using a eLearning method of delivery provided no significant difference in terms of measurable student outcomes.  Use critical thinking when it comes to eLearning assessment.

Myth #2 eLearning is All the Same, One-Size-Fits-All

A number of people do not know that just like in-person course delivery, eLearning course are not all the same.   There are many types of eLearning formats that include, synchronous, asynchronous, instructor led, blended and hybrid, stand alone, and  Massive open online courses (MOOCS).  The format of eLearning courses is unlimited, just like traditional face to face classes.

Myth #3 eLearning is Fad

The Babson Report, surveys colleges and universities about eLearning.  They report that enrollment in online college courses is growing growing faster than traditional courses.  In 2014 over 5 million college students took at least one online course.  Additionally, over 80% of college academic officers say that eLearning is important to their overall long-term growth strategy.  On the business side, Forbes magazine reports that eLearning over a $100 billion industry.  They also report that 77% of US companies use online training for training their employees.  If someone examines these stats for eLearning with an open mind, it is easy to see that eLearning won't be going away any time soon.

Myth #4 My Teaching Style Won’t Work with eLearning

When people talk about their teaching style, they normally talk about one specific instructional strategy…lecture.  There are hundreds of instructional strategies out there, so saying that eLearning won't work for a lecture, tells me that they haven't tried very hard.  By the way you can use sort lectures in eLearning courses, but they should complement and supplement other instructional strategies.

For years educators and trainer mistakenly accepted that We accepted for years that the learning styles theory actually made a difference in how well people learn.  The theory stated that if you were a visual learner you would learn better if the instructional strategies the course used included more visual media.  That theory has been debunked recently since no scientific studies actually exist to prove it.  What seems to be more accepted is the people have a number of diffferent learning preferences and can a variety of different ways

Myth #5 It’s Too Hard to Teach Online, You Have to be a Tekkie

This myth may be another version of the last myth.  The technology to teach online gets easier all the time.  Most elearning course use a point and click environment (like Blackboard or Canvass) that require very little technical experience.  Most people that say it is difficult simply have not tried to do it, they just assume it is too hard.

Myth #6  eLearning Is Too Impersonal 

This may have been true at one point.  However, in today's world of smartphone, social media and instant communication, it seems many people actually prefer to interact with people electronically.  OK, I understand that some people still prefer in-person communication, but many people don't.  For example, many international companies use electronic communication to communicate, so the fact that eLearning also does the same thing should not be a big deal.   The irony is that people assume that in-person classes are very interactive, when in fact a number of them are not.  How much interaction is going on in a in-person class where the teacher is lecturing to a class 300 students in an auditorium?  Get my point?

Myth #7 eLearning Is Not What (traditional) Learning Is Really Supposed To Be

What is traditional learning really supposed to look like anyway.  Learning tools and delivery have always evolved over time.  Most Fortune 500 companies are switching that in-person training to online course.  even traditional colleges cours ofeten supplement their in-person class with some online content.  At one point will likely drop the letter "e" from eLearning.

Myth #8 eLearning Is Too Expensive

This might have been true in the past.  However most colleges have a LMS anyway.   They often have in-person classes use the LMS, typically to post the course syllabus, course materials, videos and website links.   In 2015 having an LMS is simply the cost of doing business in education and training.   Currently, companies save a great deal of money with eLearning by reducing travel and lodging costs for training .

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eLearning for Everybody provides tips and practical information for beginners and experienced people who want to design, develop and deliver eLearning courses. It discusses current trends and issues in eLearning, instructional design and instructional technology. eLearning for Everybody simplifies eLearning for the average person.

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