Online Education for Dummies<br />Steve Schawalder<br />EDUC 632<br />Fall 2011<br />
Chapter 1: Heading Online for Your Education<br />Characteristics of Online Education<br />Several Formats<br />Read, disc...
Required Technology and Computer Skills<br />Technology<br />Most Basic Skills<br />
Where Can you Take Online Classes?<br />Two-year schools (community colleges)<br />Where you earned your undergraduate deg...
Keys to Success<br />Develop a regular schedule to work on your assignments<br />When working in a group, be sure to “divi...
Chapter 2: The Traits and Benefits of Online Education <br />There are many formats of online classes<br />Instructor-led ...
Who Benefits?<br />Professionals <br />Busy parents<br />People with transportation issues<br />Do not have cars or live f...
Characteristics of Successful Online Learners<br />Self-starter<br />Persistent<br />Good time management skills<br />Inde...
Chapter 3: The Technology and Technological Skills You Need to Succeed<br />Minimum requirements<br />In general, if your ...
Required Skills<br />Read and scroll<br />Type quickly<br />Digitally organized<br />Navigate the Web <br />Download and i...
Chapter 4: Discovering What’s Available Online<br />To continue learning means promotions, higher earning potential, eleva...
What is Available?<br />Earn traditional credit <br />Your degree<br />Continue your education<br />Professional developme...
Where do you go?<br />Four-year colleges<br />Two-year colleges<br />Institutions specifically for certificates, professio...
Fully Online vs. Blended Courses<br />Completely online<br />Blended courses<br />
Instructor-led vs. Self-paced Courses<br />Self-paced<br />You determine your own schedule<br />As you complete one unit, ...
Asynchronous Courses vs. Synchronous Courses<br />Synchronous<br />Weekly required meetings where everyone participates<br...
Accelerated Programs and Courses<br />Courses condensed into 8 or fewer weeks<br />Frequently teach material you can use r...
Chapter 5: Doing your Homework: Evaluating Schools<br />Focus on what you need<br />Consider the program you are intereste...
Talk to an Advisor to Learn:<br />Courses available <br />Prerequisites<br />Retention rate<br />Services available<br />D...
Talk to a Faculty Member to Learn:<br />Required training<br />Expectations<br />How to get help when needed<br />
Talk to Other Students to Learn:<br />What their experience was like<br />How they would rate the quality of their educati...
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  1. 1. Online Education for Dummies<br />Steve Schawalder<br />EDUC 632<br />Fall 2011<br />
  2. 2. Chapter 1: Heading Online for Your Education<br />Characteristics of Online Education<br />Several Formats<br />Read, discuss, and submit papers/projects<br />Read and take a test<br />Read, Web conference, listen to instructor/interact with peers<br />
  3. 3. Required Technology and Computer Skills<br />Technology<br />Most Basic Skills<br />
  4. 4. Where Can you Take Online Classes?<br />Two-year schools (community colleges)<br />Where you earned your undergraduate degree<br />The majority of colleges and universities offer online programs<br />NOTE: Always research and evaluate your options.<br />
  5. 5. Keys to Success<br />Develop a regular schedule to work on your assignments<br />When working in a group, be sure to “divide and conquer” and document progress<br />Be very careful how and what you write<br />
  6. 6. Chapter 2: The Traits and Benefits of Online Education <br />There are many formats of online classes<br />Instructor-led and –facilitated courses<br />Self-paced courses<br />Asynchronous learning<br />Synchronous learning<br />
  7. 7. Who Benefits?<br />Professionals <br />Busy parents<br />People with transportation issues<br />Do not have cars or live far away<br />People with disabilities<br />Traditional Students <br />Senior Citizens<br />High School Students<br />
  8. 8. Characteristics of Successful Online Learners<br />Self-starter<br />Persistent<br />Good time management skills<br />Independent workers<br />Patient<br />
  9. 9. Chapter 3: The Technology and Technological Skills You Need to Succeed<br />Minimum requirements<br />In general, if your computer is less than 2 years old, you should have no issues<br />If you are unsure, contact the instructor or the school<br />
  10. 10. Required Skills<br />Read and scroll<br />Type quickly<br />Digitally organized<br />Navigate the Web <br />Download and install software<br />Use e-mail<br />
  11. 11. Chapter 4: Discovering What’s Available Online<br />To continue learning means promotions, higher earning potential, elevated status, and personal enrichment<br />
  12. 12. What is Available?<br />Earn traditional credit <br />Your degree<br />Continue your education<br />Professional development<br />Personal interest<br />
  13. 13. Where do you go?<br />Four-year colleges<br />Two-year colleges<br />Institutions specifically for certificates, professional development, and training<br />Virtual schools for children and teens<br />
  14. 14. Fully Online vs. Blended Courses<br />Completely online<br />Blended courses<br />
  15. 15. Instructor-led vs. Self-paced Courses<br />Self-paced<br />You determine your own schedule<br />As you complete one unit, you move on to the next whenever you are ready<br />Instructors may only be available if you have questions<br />Instructor-led<br />Distinct schedule<br />Whole class works on the same content at the same time<br />Frequent peer-to-peer and peer-to-instructor contact<br />
  16. 16. Asynchronous Courses vs. Synchronous Courses<br />Synchronous<br />Weekly required meetings where everyone participates<br />Asynchronous<br />Work on your own schedule, but must meet deadlines<br />
  17. 17. Accelerated Programs and Courses<br />Courses condensed into 8 or fewer weeks<br />Frequently teach material you can use right away<br />
  18. 18. Chapter 5: Doing your Homework: Evaluating Schools<br />Focus on what you need<br />Consider the program you are interested in<br />Determine whether or not it is affordable<br />Check out class sizes<br />Know how much time you can commit<br />Figure out if your credits will transfer if needed<br />Find and accredited school<br />
  19. 19. Talk to an Advisor to Learn:<br />Courses available <br />Prerequisites<br />Retention rate<br />Services available<br />Duration<br />Schedule<br />
  20. 20. Talk to a Faculty Member to Learn:<br />Required training<br />Expectations<br />How to get help when needed<br />
  21. 21. Talk to Other Students to Learn:<br />What their experience was like<br />How they would rate the quality of their education<br />

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