Many students find online learning works well for them. Not only does it provide flexibility for where and when you study, but there are potential cost savings as well. However, being successful in an online course does require that a person meet some basic criteria, as noted below:
Top 10 Considerations Before You Take a Course Online *
You'll need a computer and Internet connection. Check CTDLC's list of minimum computer requirements.
- Basic Internet and computer skills are required.
- Online education courses are often accelerated and are most successful if you are motivated and can work independently.
- Although you can save time taking online education courses, you'll still need to devote a sufficient number of hours each week toward your online education studies.
- You must be able to express yourself well in writing.
- Generally speaking, online education courses are less expensive than traditional on-site college courses. Calculate your potential cost savings.
- Online education courses will likely fit better with your busy lifestyle because you can access your online education classes anytime, anywhere through the Internet.
- You can simultaneously take on-campus and online education courses.
- Some courses may require you to attend class in person. Check your course description for more information.
- Many students who aren't comfortable participating in on-campus classes find they contribute more freely in online education classes.
* Used with permission of Minnesota Online.