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Unless you are directly involved with teaching online or have taken an online course yourself, chances are that you find the concept of online education a little scary. You might not have any interest in it. Terms like distance education, fully online, blended courses, virtual courses, e-learning, hybrid courses, mixed-mode, asynchronous learning, distributed learning, Web-facilitated, and Web-enhanced learning add to the confusion. However, online learning is on the rise due to the developments and affordability of computing and you should know some of the basics and issues surrounding it.
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We currently provide over 80 online courses through what we term the University of Paladin - covering every aspect of the field, from customer service and diversity training to advanced security training, with new courses added regularly - and we encourage our people to take advantage of this company-paid training to enhance their skills and development.
Many people don’t even consider online courses as an option. If you’re more technophobe than computer whizz, taking a course online might seem unthinkable, yet they come in a wide range of subjects at...Distance learning and online courses are quickly becoming the same things in the digital age, but traditionally, distance learning meant that you would be sent your work by post and then you would send it back on completion. More recently this might be done by email so the boundaries are blurring between the two. Traditional courses involve sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher, taking notes. With distance learning and online courses there are no classrooms, there is limited contact with a teacher, you study at home, and you can learn in your pyjamas if you really want to! Generally, you can take them at your own pace, so there are no strict timetables or deadlines as you might have in other courses. You will be required to motivate yourself though, as there will be no teachers breathing down your neck!Maybe, but probably not. Some distance learning and online courses involve an exam or test at the end which might be held under moderation in a classroom - in which case you might meet your tutor. Usually though, everything is done from your home, so you probably won't. Instead you will interact by email, on the phone and maybe via webcam.Possibly. Some distance learning and online courses have no deadlines at all and you simply complete your work as and when you can. Others might have deadlines for when the work should be done by, or you might have a specific time frame in which to complete the course. Usually this is much longer and more flexible than other courses though.Though many may not favor the alternative online courses, there are many reasons why online classes can be just as helpful, if not better than tradition classroom courses.