It’s Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to rekindle your relationship with education. If you’ve taken online classes, you know they are thoughtfully designed for online learning. They’re created with the working adult in mind, and they are anything but boring.
These aren’t just recorded lectures, but interactive lessons with engaging content. And your classmates and instructors are only an email, video session, or phone call away. You’ll still have the support you need right at your fingertips.
Starting to feel butterflies? Here are four reasons to fall for UNC Greensboro’s online degree programs:
1. Flexibility: You’ll Make Time for This Relationship
Connect on your terms. With access to your online class 24/7, you can self-pace your learning around whatever life throws at you. Your class is truly portable and flexible. Find a location with Internet access, bring your laptop, smartphone, or tablet, and class is in session. Log on before work. Take a break to help your kids with schoolwork.
That flexibility gives you control. Nicole LaFlamme is a morning person but didn’t always have the option for morning classes as an undergraduate.
“I found I didn’t perform as well when I was on someone else’s schedule, and I’ve become one of the top students in this online program because I have the ability to work on it when I want and when I have the motivation,” she says of the online MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.
2. Technology: Let’s Connect
Course content will be presented in a variety of ways in an online class, and you’ll use technology to demonstrate your knowledge.
“It’s not just watching a video or reading a book and taking a quiz,” says Jessica Spradlin, a student in the online Bachelor’s in Integrated Professional Studies program. “They approach it and attack it from many different levels. It makes you apply and demonstrate that you understand these concepts.”
Infographics, videos, and photos are just a few examples of what you might encounter in your course — those selfie skills just might come in handy! (And if technology makes you uneasy, get details on what to expect by visiting our Ready to Learn site.)
3. Customized Learning: We Were Made for Each Other
Don’t forget that in an online class, you can fully customize your learning. If you need to listen to a recorded lecture multiple times to grasp the content, you can. If you want to run a Google search for related topics to better understand the context of the lesson, just open a new tab. With the click of a button, online education becomes personalized just for you.
4. Support: You Won’t Be Alone
You may be online, but you won’t be alone. You’ll have a community of support — from professors to peers.
“I felt like I wasn’t being judged, but I was part of a learning community that constantly encouraged me and built me up,” says Samira Khan, graduate of the online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences. “The online platform felt safe and helped give everyone a voice. Everyone participates. In the online community, we all got to raise our hand.”
If you need help with the technical side of things, UNCG has several excellent resources for online students. From Information Technology Services to Jackson Library to the Office of Accessibility, if you have questions, there are professionals with answers.
Make Your Move
Flexible scheduling, interactive courses, immersive learning experiences . . . What’s not to love? If you’re motivated, organized, and ready for a challenge, you’re our perfect match. Check out online.uncg.edu to learn more about UNCG’s online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.