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Getting Started with an Online Course: Some Basic Tips

November 25 2016 - There is no doubt that online learning is changing the education landscape in our country these past few years. A lot of people who didn't have the chance to pursue a higher degree before now can enroll in some of the best universities, acquiring accredited degrees while maintaining a full-time job or running a business.

Even with online courses and distance learning programs becoming more popular, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding available programs. In this article, we are going to take a look at the best tips on how to get started with an online bachelor's or master's degree.

Online Programs Are Accredited

One of the first things you need to do when you want to pursue a degree online is choose a suitable program to join. This means looking at some of the best names in the industry and finding a program that meets your personal goals and preferences.

It is sad to note that there are a lot of shady programs out there, offering degrees that cannot be used in the professional world and scamming students with their courses. Fortunately, distance learning is a very regulated industry nonetheless.

You can stick with top names such as Hofstra Law when choosing an online course. You are still required to meet the program's requirements - similar to offline students - but you don't have to worry about the program's reputation and value at all.

Alternatively, you can also check the accreditation for the programs you're comparing. Law schools, for example, are usually accredited by ABA or the American Bar Association. ABA accreditation means you can take the BAR exam and work as an attorney upon completing the course.

Requirements and Standards

Enrolling in an online course is just as challenging as getting into an offline program. There are still requirements to meet before you can join the course and pursue the degree you are after. Using the previous example, you can't pursue a masters in health law degree online without having a law background in the first place.

There are also standards to meet along the course. You are being treated the same way as offline students, but with extra flexibility on your end. You still need to complete assignments. You are also required to pass exams and interact with lecturers. With certain programs such as the previously mentioned health law programs, there are even more specific terms to meet.

A More Challenging Experience

One last tip to keep in mind before you enroll in an online program is to prepare yourself for the course. Online courses are far more flexible than their offline counterparts. They allow you to study at your own time and complete the course at a pace you're comfortable. That said, you need to have discipline and good time management to be able to complete the course on time.

There will be other challenges along the way too. Use the tips we covered in this article to help you select the right program to enroll in and complete the course as smoothly as possible.

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