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EXED Non-Teaching Minor Goes Electronic
EXED NON-TEACHING MINOR GOES ELECTRONIC
Each year approximately one hundred students graduate with an EXED Non-Teaching minor. Currently students complete this process by meeting with the minor advisor, discussing the classes, asking questions, gathering information and completing paperwork. A system is in development right now to allow students to complete an online module to officially declare the minor.
Steps will still be completed by the EXED office and the registrar to enter students into the official registrar’s system, but the convenience should be a huge change as students will no longer have to come in for the initial declaration process, and they will have access 24/7. Tthere will always be an advisor available to answer questions and support students as they move along in the program.
The Benefits of Electronic Access
1. No Sitting in a Classroom
If you've got Internet access, the world is your classroom, and your educational goals don't depend on your location. Online education eliminates the common obstacles for potential students of not having a campus located nearby or not having a specific degree program available. No more relocating or commuting. Study from home, the office, or while traveling--it's up to you.
For those working full time, this will save time, simplify studying, and make scheduling events in their lives much easier. Students will also not have to find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.
2. Choosing Study Times
Another bonus of online education lies in the flexibility students enjoy. With asynchronous learning, students can use their computers at their own convenience to access course materials such as videotaped lectures, course notes, research materials, electronic discussion boards, chat rooms, class assignments, and exams. Students will be able to plan their study time around the rest of their day instead of the other way around. It is the student’s choice whether or not studying at nighttime or in the morning is best for them. It is recommended that students try to develop a study routine if they can. Having to work and attend classes at the same time can be very stressful. Online classes remove the stress by allowing students to learn when it is convenient for them.
3. Flexibility in Completing Assignments
Schedules may not be as strict when taking classes online. Students can work on and complete assignments when they are ready and at their own pace. As long as they complete the assignments required by the deadline, they will be fine. In addition, students usually are not penalized for turning in assignments early if they wish to work ahead to accommodate a business trip or family vacation.
4. Balance a Job and Class
Even though someone desires to go back to school, it doesn’t mean that they want to leave their current job. Online degree programs make it so that they don’t have to. Students will be able to go to work during the day and study at nighttime or vice versa. Many people go to night school after work to participate in evening classes and are exhausted by the time they get home each night. Online classes provide the same instruction without the exhaustion, commute, or unnecessary hassle.
5. Avoid Adverse Weather Conditions
During snowstorms and thunderstorms, colleges may cancel classes. When colleges cancel classes, those classes sometimes have to be made up. This may cause the semester to run longer or the class may run longer in some cases. This can hurt students who are on a tight schedule and can’t afford delays in their schooling. For those who work and have families, every second counts. People who learn online do not have to worry about cancelled classes. Even if their Internet service shuts down for the evening, they will still be able to complete their assignments on time and not have to extend their studies.
6. Build New Skill Sets
Completing an online degree takes a great deal of motivation, responsibility, and time management. Self-discipline and the ability to learn independently are assets that definitely transfer to the workplace. With coursework submitted via computer, students participating in online courses will also polish their writing skills.
These are just a few of the many advantages of taking online classes. People who enroll in online degree programs are able to manage their time, learn the materials that are presented, and complete assignments on their own schedules. While it might not be for everyone, this type of learning helps many people learn faster, retain more information, and earn a degree which otherwise would not be possible.