Should I take an online course? It’s a question you may be asking yourself lately…
There’s a tech revolution underway and you want to get into the action yourself by learning online about a cool topic like game development or programming. Perhaps you’ve already checked out some online learning options and you’re very intrigued by what you’ve found.
Or maybe you’re still wondering if online learning is right for you. If so, here are some key points to consider:
One of the greatest benefits of online learning is the flexible schedule it offers. With online learning, class meets when you say. So if you have a demanding job schedule or school activities that can’t wait, you can put your online course on the “back burner” until you have time for it again.
With online learning, your computer is your classroom, and class is in session wherever you say. Move to a cozier work space? No problem. Vacationing at the beach? As long as you’re someplace with Wi-Fi, the cool online learning never needs to stop.
Similarly, the student decides how quickly or slowly to move through the material the class covers. If you get a lesson right off, great! Nobody will slow your progress and you won’t have to wait for the rest of the class to catch up. (Or, on the other hand, if you need some extra time to wrestle with a tricky concept, that’s cool, too.)
You like watching interesting video clips? Seeing mind-blowing concepts explained through animated drawings? Working on cool assignment and challenges? Then you’re going to love online learning, which uses a multimedia approach of mixed content to give you lessons that feel 100 percent more lively and fun than static classroom instruction alone.
Master the Basics
Of course, deciding you want to take an online course is just the first decision. Then comes the important matter of finding the right online course for you. For some, it’s a no-brainer.
If you’re attending a Digital Media Academy tech camp this summer, for example, you should definitely consider DMA Online, especially if you’re going to be learning about computer programming, game development or working with Minecraft™.
DMA Online courses are inexpensive and offer up to 20 hours of instruction time per course. That teaching is coordinated by the same curriculum design team that creates DMA’s acclaimed classroom experience.
So when you take a DMA Online course like Fundamentals of Programming, you get concentrated learning that covers the core concepts you will use at DMA tech camps this summer. With the basics mastered, you will be able to progress even further in your DMA tech camp.