How to Find a Trustworthy Online Course

trustworthy online coursesThere are a never ending assortment of online courses to choose from, and many people are turning to them to learn from the comfort of their own homes.

They are easier to attend as well when most people have a very busy schedule and don’t have time to go to a university or other location.

But just because they are easier to attend, does that mean they are easier to pass?

My experience = a big fat “No”.

I’ve attempted a few online course, one in college and one for my professional career and both failed miserably.

As I’ve learned, I need to actually be a classroom environment if I have any hope in learning anything.

Despite my struggles, online courses are even gaining in global popularity because of the flexibility there is in training from your own home.

Plus the other great advantage to these online courses is the fact that you can learn at your own pace while you continue working, and online courses are updated regularly and are usually very affordable.

Where to Find Your Courses

In the education world, Virginia and Washington, D.C. have some of the best colleges and centers for education. This holds true for the online course community as well. When looking for an online course to study from your home, you will find that the ones based out of training centers in Virginia and Washington, D.C. will have the best education, career placement and diploma programs.

This is because they work with education professionals to create these courses, so you will get the best training that you could get from the comfort of your home. These online classes also keep you updated on the latest curriculum available so that you stay informed and are able to choose a career that will do well in the world.

Who Takes Online Courses

Many people want to take online courses because they want to learn a new career path while they are still working their current job. That is why, again, the convenience of these online courses has risen in popularity.

People do not have to quit their jobs to take them and can set their own schedule and pace. Other people who like to take these online courses are people looking to further their knowledge in their current job for career advancement or just improve their overall knowledge.

What to Watch Out For

Although there are many other good places to find online courses, there are as with just about everything else, people out there who are trying to scam you to take your money. It will depend a lot on what the area of your study is as well.

Don’t get fooled into thinking that there are any completely hands-off courses in areas of study such as nursing. If you find nursing courses online that claim this, then they are most likely a scam and you should find a different one.

Also, do your research and make sure you find out about the university or place of education that is offering the online courses. You can easily find information about them online and reviews from other students.

Do You Think Online Courses are Worth It?

Curious on what other people’s experiences were with online courses, I took to social media to gather some input. Here are some of the responses:

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Facebook friends

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Twitter love

Tim from Faith and Finance had this to share about his online courses,

I’ve taken quite a few classes online: history, psychology, money and banking, English lit, and probably a few more I’m forgetting right now.  I almost even did an MBA online at Southeast Missouri State! (opted for a sit in program locally at the last minute – but I was close to doing the MBA online)

Finding the Best Online Course For You

If they are legit you will be able to find the facts that you need to decide if this is the right school for you, and people who have had negative experiences with certain institutions will also have put their thoughts up online for you to read.

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Comments | 4 Responses

  1. says

    Thanks for the article! I think that as with almost every class, it is what you make of it. However, I feel this is even more so the case with online classes where you don’t have the physical presence of the instructor there motivating you.

  2. says

    Great post Jeff. This is a topic I am deeply passionate about. That is one reason I work with http://www.wiziq.com/courses/ – I truly believe that online courses have a power of redefining education for the 21st century not just in Tier A countries but also bottom tier ones. There are some obvious advantages of online courses [learn from a teacher you always wanted to but is in another country in an economical and convenient fashion]. However, with the opportunity also come the land grabbers. Here are some additional tips to guard against them:

    # Does the course have a publicly announced refund / money back policy?
    # What is the background of the teacher – are there independent web pages and reviews for the teacher and / or the course?
    # Is the course from a university or a platform you can trust?

    Great post. Keep posting. Thanks!

    -Vik

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