At Lakeland Community College and our affiliated universities, you can earn college credits toward an Associate degree, Bachelor's degree or certificate through various eLearning Programs. In eLearning classes, the majority of instruction occurs when the student and instructor are not in the same place. Instruction may be "live" ("real time"), or independent in time where the interactions between students and instructors are delayed, (for example, the communications take place using emails or discussion boards).
Many eLearning options allow you to conveniently take Lakeland accredited courses outside the limitations of the traditional classroom environment.
- Online courses can be taken from home, office or any place where you have Internet connection
- You have 24/7 access for the online learning materials
- eLearning courses provide the opportunity for busy people to fulfill their educational goals and needs with minimal interference to work or family schedules
- You have greater control over the learning process by customizing your learning time in a way that best suits your personal schedule
Flexibility and convenience do not mean eLearning courses are easier and less work. Many new eLearning students are unaware of the amount of work and time involved to successfully complete an eLearning course.
Some considerations regarding eLearning are:
- eLearning students sometimes can end up neglecting the courses because of personal or professional circumstances unless they have compelling reasons for taking the course
- Some students prefer the independence of eLearning courses; others find it uncomfortable
- eLearning courses give you greater freedom of scheduling, but can require more self-discipline than traditional on-campus courses
- Some people learn best by interacting with other students and instructors, but eLearning courses often do not provide much opportunity for this face-to-face interaction
- eLearning courses require you to work from written directions without face-to-face immediate explanations by the instructor
- Comments from the instructor may take longer to get as they would be via email, phone calls or the U.S. mail
- eLearning courses may require more time than a traditional on-campus course if the student is unfamiliar with the necessary technology
- Online courses, by nature of the delivery medium, require you to have a basic computer skill level and be comfortable using a PC, the Web, and emails. Individual course instructors do not provide "How-To-Use-A-Computer" instruction in addition to the intended course content