eLearning can be a fantastic tool for picking up new and unknown skills and for making certain that you’re never unprepared when it comes to making a career switch. However, what many people don’t know is that it can often be used not in place of, but in tandem with traditional education. Even students at a four-year college can benefit strongly by using an eLearning platform, with the approval of their school. Here are some of the ways by which using an eLearning platform to augment a current course schedule, can be useful.
While most courses offered through eLearning platforms are not assigned college credits, there are a surprising number of courses for which you can get credits. For example, the website Udacity offers many college courses which have credits assigned to them and can be complete at leisure, in any time you like. This can be a great way to boost credit for courses before transferring to a college or so that you don’t have to take an introductory level course that you don’t like. It can also assist quite a bit in skipping over classes that are always full.
Sometimes, you can be so focused on a major that you don’t have time to take all the electives you want. In those cases, eLearning platforms can be exactly what you’re looking for. With eLearning courses, since there’s no grading and no end date, you can feel free to pursue all the knowledge that you want, whether or not it fits in your schedule.
Decide on a Major
If you’re torn between a few different majors, try taking a few eLearning courses in the disciplines you’re thinking of going into. While you may or may not get college credit, you’ll get a feel for what being in those majors is like. This can help you make the decision of which major to go into in the end, since you’ll know before you do whether you like it or not.
Preparation for Hard Classes
Some classes are always going to be difficult. For example, every Biology or Chemistry major in college has to take Organic Chemistry at some point, which is a notoriously difficult class. This can really ruin your GPA if you aren’t careful. However, if you take a no-stress eLearning course on the subject first, you’ll find yourself prepared and much better equipped to handle the rigors of such an intense class. It may also be that these classes are approached at a different angle than your other teachers might, so taking it in tandem can be very useful.
When you take a large-scope course, such as “European History,” you never get to look at any one subject in-depth. However, with eLearning courses you have the opportunity to look closely at any section that fascinates you. There might be a section on the exact moment in time that caught your attention but the teacher was too busy to spend much time focusing on it. eLearning in these cases can facilitate pure knowledge, rather than simply standardized education.