Article: Beginner's Guide to Online Education
With the age of technology
taking a foothold in education, earning your degree online has
become an exciting and accessible way to improve your life.
Before this technology boom, students wishing to earn their
degree were limited to a campus existence. Along with the campus
came long lines to register, overcrowded bookstores, and counselling
personnel who were difficult to access. Fortunately, those are
things of the past. Online education has eliminated many of
the headaches associated with the traditional campus route.
Now it is possible to earn your online education, attending
classes when it is convenient for you and in the privacy of
your own home or office. This advancement has made a quality
education accessible to many students who would not have considered
completing their education in the past due to a variety of factors.
Perhaps the biggest advantage to earning an online education
is the enhanced communication factor you will share between
faculty and fellow students. This benefit ensures that you will
have helpful assistance from a variety of individuals as you
complete your online program. We will examine the full list
of advantages to earning your degree online along with a typical
day in the life of an online student.
The online education experience
centers on the ever increasing presence of technology in our
lives. Because you will not be attending classes on the traditional
campus, colleges and universities that offer online programs
have created a virtual classroom that delivers nearly all aspects
of the campus to your computer via the World Wide Web. Your
online education will rely primarily on Internet technologies
such as e-mail, chat rooms, and forum-type discussions that
allow you to interact with professors and fellow students as
required. Professors will set up a class home page that contains
all of the links and information you need to complete your class
requirements. This is similar to a "home base" for your class.
You will log into this home page on a daily basis for class
announcements and updates. On your home page will be the required
assignments that you will be responsible for throughout the
semester. You will download your tests from this point as well.
Research paper information is another important aspect of your
online classroom home page. All correspondence with your professors
and classmates will take place through this portal. This communication
is important as it will ensure that you have all of the support
that you need to complete your online education.
The typical day in the
life of an online student begins when you want it to begin.
Since the Internet and your class home page are running all
of the time, you can access your class information morning,
noon and night. The first thing you will want to do when beginning
a session is to open your class home page. Download any class
notes or assignments, noting the day and time they are due.
Then you might proceed to the class forum to read any postings
on lesson ideas that your classmates might have posted. This
information will be beneficial as you complete your assignments.
If you have questions, send your professor an e-mail (remember,
no waiting for office hours online!). Then it is on to your
assignments. Maybe you have a test that day. Complete your work
at your own pace and then send the completed assignment or test
to your professor through the e-mail system. Many classroom
systems have an online calendar that will help you keep track
of due dates and discussion times. As you can see, an online
education has a host of advantages over the traditional campus-based
programs. Investigate the varieties of online programs available
to you. You will find that it is easier than you think to earn
your online education.