Finding the Right E-Learning Course for You

There are a plethora of courses available online these days, from basic first aid through to full degree level and even PhDs!  How on Earth can we decide which topic to study?  It is a very personal decision, which can lead to employment opportunities as well as interesting course content and opportunities to explore new ideas.

The first thing to do when searching for course is to read up on several different course providers – although they may offer the same course topic, they may well be written and delivered in different ways.  Depending on your preferred method of study, some courses will suit you more than others.  By checking out a whole range of providers, you can get a sense of what is available.

Next up is to think about what you want to get from the course – are you looking for career specific education?  Or are you looking for an interesting side hobby?  The purpose of the course is an important factor when choosing the right one for you – if you need a career specific course, it is worth checking if you need a particular level of study, or an accredited course.  Not all course providers can offer accreditation, so this is an important step if you want to get a course to match your aspirations.

The Balance Between Experience and Qualifications

In today’s world, it is increasingly difficult to gain employment – the vast majority of young people now attend university and hold good degrees, meaning we are all on a level playing field when it comes to qualifications.  This is where employers are now struggling to select the best candidates – if EVERYONE holds a degree, how to separate the best candidates from the rest?  It now comes down to life experience.

Work experience is often seen as a waste of time by young people, seeming to be a hassle to get set up and taking valuable time away from studying (which you need to do to get into a good university!).  This means that fewer people are finishing their education with working experience – leaving company bosses with little to work with when it comes to employment.  It is important that students today realise the value in gaining real life experience.  Now we are all so over qualified for work, it is a great way to show that you have the upper edge compared to the next candidate.

What Is a Learning Management System?

Online learning is a booming industry around the world, offering students a fantastic way to learn in their own time and at their own pace.  Each company offering online training will use some form of learning management system in order to monitor the learning of students, provide access to the training materials and often assess students’ learning.  But what exactly is a learning management system?

LMS or learning management systems are often the main interface the student logs into when they wish to complete their course.  This gives them a virtual portal where they can access the course materials, training notes, tests and assessments.  These learning management systems often offer the user a chance to interact with the other students taking the course, with chat facilities and sometimes video interaction with expert tutors.

The main benefits of having a user friendly learning management system means that the student can easily access the course and learn more effectively.  It is important that the LMS serves the user as well as the course provider, as it is the first port of call for accessing the course.

E-Learning as a Viable Alternative to Degree Courses

These days, it is becoming more and more popular to take on our education using online means.  There are numerous benefits to studying online, the main benefit being flexibility for the student.  With traditional college courses, it is expected that the student will attend lectures, seminars and training events in order to complete the course.  This is often alongside additional reading, essays and exams.  The time pressures for college courses mean many people cannot take the course at the same time as working a full or part time job – there simply aren’t enough hours in a day!

Online training gives the time back to the student – it is much easier to complete an online course while working and raising a family, allowing the student to complete the course as and when suits them.  This means they can access the learning materials at any hour of the day or night, and spend as much or little time doing each part of the course as they wish.  Studying in your own time is great for those who like to spend a little longer reading into topics, but equally good for those who wish to get through the course content in record time!