There are more and more distance learning services, but it has not necessarily come with a more exciting offer. In this brief post, I would like to outline what you have to check before signing up for the course. Let’s get right into it and check how to find a good online course!
Author and presenter of the course
The course’s author’s level of expertise is crucial to get the most accurate knowledge. In this case, it is good if the system has some institution (like university or company) branding. These courses usually have better quality than others. Of course, that’s not a necessary condition, and sometimes content that a small group makes of passionate people can outgo these made by a university. The general rule is simple:
Google the author of the course.
Plan your course
The duration of the course in weeks or hours is essential for you to complete the course. Remember to check if you have to complete some parts of the course weekly if there are any weekly or daily assignments. Think about how much time do you have, and this course run will affect your day, week, or time in general. How much time and how often do you want to learn? Planning is the best way to complete your course on time (or even at all).
Check if chosen offer is the best price/quality option
This is the most fragile issue when it comes to online courses. Some of them are free, some very cheap, moderate, and extremely pricey. Check carefully if there is something similar at a better price. In a few cases, you can apply for a price reduction (edX), scholarship (Udacity), or financial aid (Coursera). You can also find discount codes for Udemy courses.
Ask yourself: why do you do it?
Motivation is the most important of the listed factors. Without it, you won’t be able to start, participate and finally complete the course. Ask yourself one fundamental question: Why do you want to do this? Why are you interested in this? What benefits can you possibly gain?
When in doubt… ask!
If you are in doubt about which course to take, look for help. You can find many community boards to ask for help in choosing the right offer for you. Remember that some members of this community are also creators of the content. Be sure that provided information is accurate and reliable. You can also always ask here in the comment section or send me messages through my social media.
What factors do you take into account when looking on how to find a good online course? Let me know and drop a line!