Online Education: 10 Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to obtaining an education in South Africa, often one of the most affordable and convenient ways of doing so are through online education platforms. As professionals seek more effective ways of securing their future without breaking the bank, enrolling in an accredited online course whilst carrying on with daily life seems like the better option. However, before signing on the dotted line, you’re probably in need of a few important answers; giving you the opportunity to make a sound decision on whether online education is the right choice for you.
Keep the following 10 frequently asked questions in mind:
1. “What are the benefits of online learning?”
Apart from the flexibility factor that online education offers, it’s also a more convenient option; especially if you currently have a full-time job looking for an affordable option to improve your skills and improve your chances for employment.
2. “How computer savvy do you need to be for online learning?”
If you’re able to read this particular article, you’re able to successfully complete an accredited online course. All you need is a secure internet connection, a laptop of some sort, and the will to succeed.
3. “How do I know if online education is right for me?”
Although many factors come into play when deciding if online education is the right choice for you, it’s important to take into consideration the amount of spare time and money you may have in your possession. Some individuals already work a full-time job, having evenings and weekends to spend on furthering their careers. List the pros and cons of each option and make the best decision according to your specific needs.
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4. “Is online education as effective as face-to-face instruction?”
Although online education is relatively new to South Africa, many studies have been conducted to test the success rate of face-to-face instruction over self-disciplined online study material. In fact, a major review concluded that online students have a 70% advantage of succeeding over traditional teaching methods. Of course, this depends on whether you’re able to work independently with self-discipline to finish your course.
5. “How does online education work on a day-to-day basis?”
Although instructional methods, course requirements, and learning technologies may vary from institution to institution, most implement the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) to distribute course material and tests required for completion by each student. Ultimately, the student decides when and where to study; taking into consideration that certain deadlines need to be met in order to pass the course.
6. “How much time should I set aside each week per course?”
Depending on your schedule, it’s ideal to set aside at least 10 hours of study time per course per week; preventing you from falling behind and dropping the course altogether.
7. “Is online education more expensive than in-person training?”
Depending on the chosen course, online education can often be more cost-effective than in-person training; taking into consideration travel costs, supplies, and “teacher” fees which can be avoided altogether.
8. “Will I be writing any exams?”
If you plan on enrolling in any of our online courses, you will need to pass the quizzes provided; ensuring that you know the course material in order to receive your certificate of completion.
9. “Is there any time limit on the courses?”
Depending on the specific course you choose to enrol in, it takes as long as you want it to – depending on how quickly you’d like to complete the course.
10. “Does the institution (WebCollege) offer face-to-face classes?
WebCollege is an online learning college and our goal is to make home study as affordable, easy and rewarding as possible. Although we do not offer physical classes that you attend, we do provide a comprehensive home study support network which enables you to pass your chosen courses. This support network includes:
- Providing you with study material which has been specifically designed for students who do not attend classes.
- Providing you with all the necessary materials that you may need for your course. There are no additional books you would need to purchase in order to study a course through WebCollege