Online learning is continually evolving and growing. Since the pandemic we have all learned how much we can do online and the benefits of online education. Here at Concordia, we invest in our online learning experience to ensure that online students receive the same benefits as on-campus learners.
Online learning is nothing new. Did you know its roots can be traced back to British education by way of correspondence degrees? Online learning has and continues to transform the educational landscape throughout the world. Today, universities are offering many different types of degrees. Students desire fully-online degrees that are very flexible.
Education at a distance was originally created out of a need to provide alternative education opportunities to individuals who weren’t able to go the traditional educational route. However, now it’s seen as a tool that anyone from a recent high school graduate to seasoned professional can use.
Are you just beginning your educational journey? Maybe you’re looking for a doctorate degree. No matter what path you’re on, you can take advantage of the convenience that online education provides—even if you’re just five minutes down the road from a university.
Concordia’s Online Learning
Concordia is proud to offer more than 90 degrees, certificates, and licenses. These programs are accessible to both undergraduate and graduate students through our online learning platform.
We know that the “typical student” no longer looks typical. Individuals that are seeking first-time or additional degrees are doing so at many different stages of their professional lives with a variety of lifestyles and needs. That’s why we put so much of our resources and energy into creating a robust online experience. We want every single student, regardless of age, demographic, or background, to have an experience that creates a ripple effect of success in both their personal development and professional advancement.
Below are just a few of the items that make our online learning experience unique.
1. You get a personalized guide.
From the first step you take to start your enrollment process with Concordia, you’ll have a guide at your side. This guide will help you navigate your academic needs, goals, interests, and God-given strengths. We call them Academic & Career Advisors and Student Engagement Specialists. Both of these roles are your one-stop shop to connect you with university resources.
They walk you through the enrollment process. They’ll also help you stay on track with your program for timely completion. Their single purpose is to ensure that you succeed both during and after your education. Our advisors and specialists are the backbones of the online experience—priceless advocates who truly care for you.
2. You get online help and tutoring, whenever you need it.
As you’re working through your online classes and assignments, you have a number of resources available to you at just a click away. And they’re free! Just because you’re not on campus physically doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all of the help opportunities that our traditional students get.
Whether you need someone to review and proofread a paper before you turn it in, or you just want to chat about a homework assignment, we’ve got you covered. Check out the recourses that you get to take advantage of as a student enrolled in one of our online learning programs. The Academic Resource Center staff is ready and eager to assist you.
3. You get access to courses that are specially designed with you in mind.
The last thing you need in an online course is confusion. That’s why we value our team of instructional designers so much; this dedicated team works in tandem with online instructors, to design courses that make sense for what you need in online education. They ensure that the material an instructor wants to teach is organized thoughtfully and intelligently to give you all of the same benefits that you’d encounter in a traditional education setting. Lastly, our instructional designers make sure that your online user experience is intuitive and seamless so you never have to worry about where to find homework, how to submit assignments, or where you can get in touch with instructors.
We know online education isn’t going away anytime soon. But we also want to make sure that it’s just as valuable of a route as traditional education. That’s why our OSSAs, help services, and instructional designers are so important to us; they ensure that you don’t lose any of the traditional benefits of higher education as you gain additional ones of flexibility and affordable learning.
4. Your courses are flexible
Our online degrees give you the option to obtain your degree at your own pace. You can create a schedule that works best for you and for your lifestyle. There is also the option for a hybrid-model education if there are specific courses you would want to take traditionally in person. Our team works hard to make sure you are getting the education that you desire while working with your schedule.
The opportunities are endless, and our experienced faculty are reading to work with you and help you achieve your goals.
This blog was originally published on November 12, 2018. It has been updated to reflect current information.