“Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks? You Bet!”
Today’s online education options are the perfect solution for older adults who want finally have the time and resources to further their education. No one wants to be “the oldest kid in the class”. In an online learning system, everyone is the same age, same race and same gender unless the student identifies themselves otherwise.
Another option that many learning institutions offer is adults only classes. Students must meet a certain age criteria for attendance in a brick and mortar classroom setting.
People who are house bound by illness or responsibilities are no longer excluded from furthering their education. Online courses, also known as distant learning, are offered in two ways. Some schools offer specific time courses. This means that at a specific time, students meet on a website in a format designed for real time learning. Most popular, though, are the formats designed for people who are adapat at working on their own. Weekly assignments with specific due dates are posted as well as the resources for the student to teach themselves through the materials and the tools offered by the school.
Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s accredited schools offered course through correspondence. Many successful graduates of correspondence school are still alive today and doing very well in their chosen career.
Today’s technology takes same concept and enhanced it with speed and better availability to the public. Highly accredited school have jumped on the bandwagon and offer distant learning courses. The span of the type of courses available is vast.
Transferring degrees to accredited colleges is a simple process. The University of Phoenix allows the process to be done online with qualified counselors to guide you through the process. In the United States, there is no limit to the degrees that can be obtained.
The average cost of tuition for a college course is between $500 and $800 per course.
The most important issue an adult should consider when choosing an adult education program is what type of learner they are. What study habits do you have and are you willing to change those habits? If a person is an intrapersonal learner, a person who enjoys doing researching and can self-teach, they will be very content and perform well in an online distant learning school. If a person is an interpersonal learner, a person who prefers to learn by interacting with other people, they may find online distant classes not as satisfying as the intrapersonal learner.
Distant learning classes also provide opportunities for people to further their education around other responsibilities and time commitments. A person who is physically handicapped can study from home. People who can’t attend school during normal hours can log in to their classes at 3 a.m. if that is what works for them.
The level of education in the United States will see a huge uprising due to the wise choice made by many accredited colleges to offer opportunities to people through means of electronic communication. There are thousands of students enrolled today that would not be able to further their education in traditional classroom settings.
Collectively, students of all ages are going to bring education back to a higher level.