If you are considering training you may be considering online training, as it can be done any time from the comfort of your home – ideal for working parents who need flexibility. Here are some tips on how to choose your online learning provider.
Don’t think online learning is a “soft option”. If it’s offered as “easy” stay well clear.
Always look for legitimate accreditation. e.g Government standards bodies in various regions Ofqual = England SQA = Scotland. Most countries have similar bodies.
If you are an overseas student check authenticity of the programme with the local British Council.
Ensure the qualification can lead to higher study and will be accepted as a stepping stone. For example, check if universities will accept the qualification for credits.
Always scrutinise the learning platform. Is it “page turning” text or truly interactive with strong student forums?
Does it offer a “free taster”?
Check student feedback and ratings.
Enquire about assessment. How robust is it? How is it checked for authenticity? If it is presented as “easy”….beware!
Check the amount of learning hours demanded of the programme. Does it seem appropriate?
Check for the flexibility/versatility. Can you access anywhere/anytime?
Check compatibility with you devices. Is there an app? Is it any device?
Check support available from the provider. Technical and academic.
Is it value for money? Compare with other providers. Is it affordable? Payment terms?
Check the organisation or institute offering the programme. Do some background research.
*John Holden was the founder and CEO of RDI Ltd, which is the largest private provider of University distance learning programmes in Europe, where he operated for 22 years until his exit in 2011. John has 30 years of CEO experience in Distance/Online learning, university partnerships, education entrepreneurship working in private sector development, but also with public Universities in UK and internationally developing and selling a range of unique learning initiatives. John then went on to launch the Online Business School Ltd which provides online pathway programmes to University qualifications in Business, Management and peripheral areas up to MBA level.