Surely if you’re on our website, you’ve been active in your research about online education, with an exceeding amount of thoughts and fears swirling around inside your head. “What school is right for me?” “How much will it cost?” “Do I have enough time?” There’s plenty enough on your mind as it is. But imagine not being able to even have these options. The Internet made education more accessible, but it is not the first form of distance learning. In fact, the earliest known examples of distance learning date back to the early 18th century. So you have a bad internet connection? Try waiting a week to receive your test results in the mail! Here is a brief timeline of distance education that has culminated in what you know today.
Discussion forums are designed to engage all types of learners in an educational community. Through the various types of forums, students can freely share their ideas, opinions and experiences and can create challenging discussion in an interactive, friendly environment.
Only a few days ago basically, I posted about how it’s now autumn and the leaves are changing colors and the air is getting crisp. Well, here in Chicago, it’s already winter. I’m being dramatic, but only exaggerating slightly. We’ve had our first snow flurries already and when I woke up this morning, the news was telling me it was 29 degrees outside! While I personally love the fall – the memories of shopping for school supplies as a kid, playing soccer with long sleeve shirts under the jersey, heading to football games, and curling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea while studying for midterms – this unseasonably cooler weather is getting me ready for one of the best two month stretches of the year!
When you are going to be communicating primarily online, it’s important to follow some basic etiquette when it comes to your communications. I’m just going to warn you in advance, I have some pretty strict views on what is appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to doing anything in writing. Some people may argue my points, and I realize that when we’re talking about posting in classroom discussions, that might be something that’s based on the instructor’s opinion more than grammar rules. However, I am of the opinion that I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed, and I think that same belief applies to writing styles in online communication.
I have to start this second-part post with a disclaimer – each institution will have different options to get involved, and I can’t guarantee every suggestion I make here will be available at every online university. However, I strongly encourage you to begin to look into your options – and to look into the options available when you are still deciding on which school to attend as well!
Student involvement in college is a big part of the higher education experience in traditional universities. Because most traditional students are leaving their parents’ houses, saying goodbye to their social circles from their hometowns and high schools, and entering a whole new world for the first time, getting involved outside of the classroom is a vital part of creating a life on campus.