Online learning is becoming more and more popular for a variety of reasons. Susan Colaric Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology at St. Leo University, discussed the new way to earn a degree during Thursday's Public Pulse.
St. Leo is a college in Tampa, Fla. with 1,600 on-campus students and another 16,000 worldwide enrolled in their online curriculum. She says online learning presents advantages to in-class learning, for example in subject areas such as math.
Some students may think sitting at home in your pajamas and getting a degree might mean the course is easier. Though there is the advantage of not having to get up and go to class, there is still a commitment. She says easier classes are the biggest myth.
There are kits sold by individual companies that students can use for lab work that would usually require a weekly commitment. St. Leo has 35 locations, most on military bases, where most of those students take at least one class online. Online classes work in different ways. You can log-in and interact with professor during a live stream with a set day and time for the class. Or you don't have to commit to day and time, you get the same content, and it's just presented though different ways, simulations, exercises, links to webpages, online coursework. She says, overall, it expands the way learning works, it both tangible and intangible ways.
Some tips: Make sure a school is accredited before enrolling, that can be checked through the U.S department of Education's website. Also call a school and ask if they would accept transfer credits from the particular online school in the case that you think you may eventually want transfer to become a traditional online student.