National Distance Learning Week: Online Classes, Anyone?
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National Distance Learning Week: Online Classes, Anyone?

Top reasons you should take an online class; celebrate NDLW Nov. 4–8!

Usually, when you see this headline, you expect to see reasons like "it's more convenient" or "lower costs" or "a more comfortable learning environment." And while all of these are true, here are three other reasons that you should take an online course.

1.  Technology education: "Most, if not all students will be working with “others" sometime in their future careers. To be successful, the use of technology is very important. Taking online courses now at Parkland College will help prepare you to communicate with others using today’s technology, including virtual meetings and collaborating with emails and other social media devices. I highly recommend all my students take at least one online class before you leave Parkland." 

                                                               — Mark Kesler, Parkland business and management instructor.

2.  Cultural diversity. Online courses can be taken by students anywhere in the world. By enrolling in an online course, you get the chance to meet students from other countries. Students benefit mutually from learning about each others' cultures as well as educational and life experiences. Often, you can get a "study abroad" experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.

3.  Career Skill-building. Taking an online class takes discipline, punctuality, and self-motivation; all excellent skills to have in the workforce. Online courses create a solid foundation as you prepare for your next step, whether it's transferring to a four-year institution or starting your career.

So, while online courses are recommended for their quality instruction, transferability, and affordability; they offer so much more than just that for students. Online courses can provide a broad experience that can shape the future of your employment and life goals.

What are you waiting for?  Go ahead...sign up for an online class today! 

***National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is Nov. 4–8! Three cheers for online learning!***


[Lori Wendt is a learning management system specialist for Professional Development and Instructional Technology at Parkland College.]


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