Many prospective professional students may be wary of the online learning format. Will my education be of the same quality as the education offered at a ground school? Will I be able to learn as well with the online learning format versus the face-to-face learning offered at a campus-based university? These are important questions to ask yourself when thinking of pursuing an online degree. The fact is, online learning is more representative of the realities of an increasingly distanced workforce than the lecture halls and predetermined class schedules of a ground school. Online education works proactively in order to cater to the working student while offering them the equivalent of the educational experience found at a ground school without the hassle.
ONLINE LEARNING MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:
You’re a student interested in earning your first degree while maintaining a demanding job or lifestyle.
You’re already a professional, have a full time job and responsibilities, but are looking for a way to earn an advanced degree or an additional degree within the framework of an already busy schedule.
You are goal-oriented and self-motivated, and prefer a self-paced learning style.
You possess excellent time-management skills.
You’re interested in sharpening your Web skills.
A technologically-based approach to higher education appeals to you.
You’re in need of a first degree or an additional degree in order to advance in a current career or be qualified for a different career.
You desire the convenience and flexibility that online courses offer, course material accessible 24/7, straightforward, Web-based contact with professors and fellow students.
Interacting with both geographically diverse students and professors appeals to you.
You dislike or don’t have time for the hassle of a daily there-and-back commute to a ground school campus.
ONLINE EDUCATION MAY BE CHALLENGING IF:
You desire an amount of social interaction equivalent to that of the “face-to-face” dynamic of a ground school, i.e., seeing your professor and fellow classmates each day or working cooperatively in a social atmosphere.
You are unsure of your level of self-motivation and may have difficulty completing assignments and studying without the presence of or direct contact with your professor, or prefer working within a group dynamic on a day-to-day basis as opposed to self-paced learning.
You require a good deal of structure as typically found in a classroom setting, with pre-determined class times, and a concrete daily class schedule.
You feel you may have inadequate computer skills, including navigating the internet, interacting via message boards, email, chat forums, computer conferencing, accessing multimedia, etc.