If you work full time, are unable to travel to a campus or have other commitments that make a rigid class schedule unworkable, online classes may be an option for you—especially if you are thinking about entering the healthcare field. The virtual classroom can be an effective and flexible learning environment.
The best educational practices developed in the traditional classroom combined with advances in technology have produced a modern online class experience that addresses may of the early concerns about online learning. The concern about the lack of contact with teachers and peers has been answered through use of chat rooms, forums, email and other modes of direct communication. Videotaped lectures, webinars, chat rooms, online access to notes and additional resources make it possible for you to tailor your online allied healthcare degree or diploma program to suit your own learning style.
The key to successfully completing an online program is to be prepared. If you are interested in earning a diploma or degree for a healthcare career through an online program, here are some tips to make your online class experience a success.
Take Charge of Your Success
Successful completion of an online medical school healthcare degree or diploma depends upon your commitment to managing your time and space.
- Set up a study area where you can focus on your coursework. Make sure you are not easily distracted or sidetracked.
- Set aside class and study time.
- Ask family and friends to honor your time commitment to your studies by minimizing interruptions.
- Record all important tests, projects, study sessions and other milestones on your calendar and keep pace with the coursework.
- Even though online access may be available for 24 hours, your instructor has designated office hours. Be aware of those times and plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute for important questions or to complete major assignments.
Start Off On the Right Foot
Every class is organized differently. Read the syllabus and any other materials provided by the instructor. Familiarize yourself with the instructor's expectations, the software you will use, how to access chat rooms and any other features that have been set up for the class. Good preparation is an important key to success.
Start the semester off on the right foot by taking the following steps:
- Check your computer to ensure it works properly.
- Install any software that is required for your class.
- If you are unfamiliar with any required software, spend some time learning how to use it before classes start.
- Purchase all materials you need for your class.
- Go over course assignments and set a reasonable schedule.
Introduce yourself to your instructor and don’t hesitate to ask questions and make use of online chat rooms, Skype or other communication tools that are set up for the class. Get to know your fellow students through chat rooms, message boards and study groups or sessions. Be an active participant in your education.
Online classes offer a tremendous opportunity to prepare for a new career while minimizing disruptions to your current responsibilities. The more engaged you are in the process, the more you get out of your course. Your commitment to successful completion of your online program sets the stage for a successful allied health career.