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Laurel Ranticelli looks at her UMASS online class information, July 1, 2008, in Springfield, Mass.
Online College Courses and Degrees: Go to College Without Leaving Home
If a busy schedule, physical handicap or other obstacle has prevented you from attending college at a local campus, then distance learning may be ideal for you. Most major colleges offer at least a few online college courses and degrees with more and more colleges operating exclusively online.
Distance learning can be a great opportunity for some but it isn't suited for everyone. The following Web sites reveal the types of students who do best with distance learning.
- Sites with tips and tricks to help you determine if distance learning is right for you are included below. Review the advice and see if you can imagine yourself following it.
- When looking for general information or opinions about online coursework, go for objective sources rather than an online college's Web site.
For an introduction to distance learning coursework ...
features an excellent introduction to distance learning. Visit the "Ask the experts" section to find answers to frequently asked questions.
aims to provide a comprehensive picture of elearning. The site also features a blog
with content that is regularly updated.
To assess whether distance learning is right for you ...
For tips to help you succeed ...
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System
offers distance courses but goes the extra mile with this helpful tutorial, "How to Survive in an Online Class." The tutorial is broken down into 25 practical tips aimed to help you thrive in an online classroom.
Study Guides and Strategies
contains tips and tricks for all college students, such as preparing for tests and avoiding procrastination. Take a look at the "Online learning/communicating" section for resources specific to distance learners.
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