By David E. Hubler
Contributor, Online Learning Tips
Not too long ago “turn off the TV and read a book” was considered excellent advice from parents worried about their children wasting education time in front of the “boob tube.”
But in today’s multi-media world, that parental admonition is an anachronism. Television, computers, iPhones and other media offer many opportunities for remote education virtually around the clock.
Sunrise Semester among the First Distance Learning Programs
Indeed, online learning has come a long way since WCBS-TV partnered with New York University in 1957 to air Sunrise Semester, one of the first examples of distance learning.
The Emmy award-winning series of for-credit courses aired at 6:30 a.m. weekdays in the New York metropolitan area. In that age of stay-at-home moms, the student body was predominantly women. All Interactions between students and instructors were conducted by U.S. mail. The university held some social events so students could meet their instructors personally.
By the early 1970s, high-school students were enrolling (at a tuition fee of $75 per course) in Sunrise Semester to earn college credit before actually attending NYU or some other brick-and mortar institution.
Online Students Can Earn a Variety of Bachelor and Master’s Degrees
Today, online learning is available worldwide on a 24/7, 365-day basis. Students can earn bachelor and master’s degrees anywhere, whether they are a farmer working on a desktop computer in Kansas or a soldier on a laptop in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
If you are thinking about enrolling in an online university, here are a few tips that might help you to decide:
- Don’t think you are too old to learn. There is no age limit; learning is a lifetime experience.
- Look at the many online programs and classes to find the courses that interest you the most. If you are thinking of earning a bachelor’s degree, you have plenty of time before choosing a major.
- At APU, our trained academic advisors can evaluate your specific abilities and academic needs.
- Thanks to today’s technology, you can have a virtual one-on-one relationship with your instructors.
- Assuage your fears about online education by starting slowly. Take just one class at first to get those dormant educational juices flowing again.
- Be prepared to work diligently. Set aside enough time to read the course materials thoroughly and absorb the lectures.
- Treat your new educational goals seriously, just as you do your professional goals.
About the Author
David E. Hubler brings a variety of government, journalism and teaching experience to his position as a Quality Assurance Editor at APUS. David’s professional background includes serving as a senior editor at CIA and the Voice of America. He has also been a managing editor for several business-to-business and business-to-government publishing companies. David has taught high school English in Connecticut and freshman composition at Northern Virginia Community College. He has a master’s degree for Teachers of English from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in English from New York University. In March 2017, Rowman & Littlefield will publish the paperback edition of David’s latest book, “The Nats and the Grays, How Baseball in the Nation’s Capital Survived WWII and Changed the Game Forever.”