By joining an e-learning program, we open new avenues in life. People who live distantly, can’t travel due to some handicap, professionals who can’t attribute themselves in full time courses, and even housewives can jump into these online courses to carry forward their education.
Studying from home without leaving life priorities is definitely a good deal.
But before you exhaust yourself into an e-learning program, make sure you’ve chosen the right one, with right faculty and timings appropriate to your schedule.
Here is a checklist before joining an online course,
- University Information: Just like a college admission, first and foremost get complete information on the accreditation and association with your desired university to make sure the course is a certified one. Also, ask regarding the reputation and credentials of the university when it comes in providing online courses.
- Queries on Courses: Secondly, know what they’ll offer in the course. Make complete inquiry regarding the subject names, how detailed the studies would be, how queries would be resolved and whatever else lingering in your mind before enrolling.
- Faculty: Get the names and experience level of the faculty that would be teaching you. Its important to get reviews of former students to know what to should expect from them. You can also ask for demo lectures to visualize your studies when you join the course.
- Timings: Lecture timings must be flexible if you’re a working professional. Get clear details on lecture timings, online/offline query resolution, and what study material you’d would getting from the university.
- Additional support: Ask for additional services that university would provide. These may include directly asking queries to faculty members, downloading lectures if you’ve missed some, weekly/monthly test and extra classes before examination, or when required.
- Examination: The pivotal thing before joining an online course is to know of the examination procedures. Be clear regarding whether the examination would be conducted online or you have to travel to examination center to appear in it.
- Payment: Ask for payment options, know whether it can be paid in installments or all at once. Most universities ask for full payment but little discussion may help. Also, ask for the refund policy and amount deducted when admission is cancelled/withdrawn due to some reason.
- Degree and Placement: Finally, ask when you’ll receive the degree on completion of the online course. Inquire regarding placement support, interview conduction, or any other support that university might provide to its pass-outs.