Top Ways To Sample An Online Degree Program To Know Which One Would Benefit YouBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Online degree programs have grown quite popular especially with working adults who want to keep their jobs and get a diploma or certificate at the same time. However, it is important to know whether a certain program would work for you; which is why one should ask for a sample of an online class.
It was previously reported that working adults benefit from online education since it provides them with the flexibility in terms of schedule. It is also beneficial in helping its students learn new skills which, in turn, can help them understand their job better and may even be a cause of promotion. It also offers new opportunities for those who want to change careers.
One should not enroll at just any online degree program, though. It is important that prospective students know whether they want to enroll in a for-profit or nonprofit program as well as check whether a program and school are accredited.
According to U.S. News, there are a lot of prospective online students who want to sample an online degree program first to make sure that the format is right for them and their needs. These students, experts said, usually choose programs based on structure and flexibility.
The publication shared six ways that prospective online students can sample online degree programs. There are different styles that schools employ so it's good to know what to look for.
Search for course demos or trials
Several online degree programs offer course demos or trials on their websites. There are also some that publish walk-throughs of online courses and their features to help students check if this is the right program for them.
Try orientation courses
Some programs allow students to enroll in an online class that helps them understand what is required of online learning. Students may need to complete assignments to check whether they are ready for an online degree program.
Attend parts of an online course
There are some schools that allow prospective students to attend parts of an online course. This may include videoconferencing and is a popular choice since it makes students feel what an online degree program is truly like.
Start with one
Starting with one online class is a good way for prospective students to check whether a program is right for them or not. There are also some programs where students can begin as a non-degree student and transition to the full program if it suits them.
Look for course materials online
Several programs provide online course syllabuses and lecture previews on their websites. This can help prospective students in determining whether an online degree program is the best fit for them.
Check out Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
MOOCs are full, recorded lectures from professors of traditional universities and colleges. edX and Coursera are the leading providers of these courses.