How to Choose the Right Online Course

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You’ve made the decision to sign up for an online course. But with thousands to choose from, how do you select the right one to help you meet your needs?

  • Define your objective. What do you want from the course? Are you looking for complete career training? Do you want to upskill in order to stay current and competitive? Are you looking for personal learning and development? Before you start the search for a course, be clear on what it is you are hoping to gain from taking the course in the first place!
  • Do your research. Once you are clear on your objective, do ample research on the options available to you. Use search engines, check ratings and reviews, and reach out to a few providers to find out what they have to offer. Online courses come in many shapes and sizes; some offer mentors or instructors, others are self-study. Some lead to certification or offer badges for completion, others do not. And don’t forget about student support. You want to partner with a school or provider that will be there to assist you along the way!
  • Once you’ve whittled your choices down; review the course materials carefully before enrolling. Look over the course description and syllabus carefully. Are there set due-dates for assignments? Are you enrolled in the course for a specific time? Will you have group assignments, online chats, or other commitments that will need to be worked into your schedule? Does the course cover material you already know? If so, is there another course that might better suit your learning needs?

Once you’ve thoroughly vetted your options, it’s time to enroll. Expanding your knowledge, whether for business or personal needs, can be exciting! Making sure that you’ve selected the best courses for yourself will make that experience that much better.

Be sure to check out Ed4Career’s Career Training, Personal Enrichment and Professional Development courses. We currently offer one of the largest proprietary career vocational certification catalogs available on the market today. Contact us to learn more about Ed4Career and how we can help you achieve your learning goals.

By Kris Powers | November 28th 2018

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