Online learning refers to the growing trend towards computer-based interactive studies. Most or all elements of online learning take place in a virtual alternative to the conventional brick and mortar classroom. As the second decade plants us firmly in the twenty-first century, distance education has evolved as a widely accepted path to a traditional education.

Flexibility and economic value are likely the two most noteworthy attributes of a reputable distance learning program. According to the New York Times, in 2008, 4.6 million, or about one in four college students were taking at least one online class. An appropriately created and delivered virtual course takes full advantage of best practices for group interaction, creative engagement, and beneficial instructor feedback. Studies have shown that in many cases, virtual learning experiences meet or exceed expectations.

Potential online learners should carefully explore the basic requirements of our courses by way of course preview, investigate the online interface in the student orientation portal, and review computer software needs and technical requirements prior to enrolling in a course or program. As beneficial as the virtual classroom can be, it is not an ideal situation for everyone.

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