Online classes are a good option if you want to return to school—even during a pandemic. They offer more flexibility than on-campus classes and are often more convenient, especially if you’re trying to balance work and family life. But are online classes possible if you plan to attend trade school? Are more people going to online trade schools? They are! But the experiences is not entirely online. Instead, the best online trade schools have managed to combine hands-on instruction with online learning. This blended-learning approach gives you the best of both worlds. You get in-person instruction from experts in the field, but you minimize the time you spend on campus.
How Does Online Trade School Work?
This year, many trade schools had to move their in-person classes online because of the coronavirus pandemic. But how does trade school work in an online environment? It’s similar to what you’d experience in a face-to-face class. But instead of sitting in a classroom, shop, or lab, you do a lot of your coursework from home during the time of day that best fits your schedule.
In an online program, you’ll access your courses through an online portal and communicate with your instructors through email and chat. Your lectures may be given through videos or PowerPoint presentations, and your assignments will probably consist of readings, writing assignments, quizzes and discussion posts.
But what about the hands-on portion of a trade school program, such as HVAC/R or welding? At Charter College, we offer these programs in blended learning format, which means your hands-on training will be completed in person, but the rest of your studies will be completed online. This format offers many benefits that a traditional program doesn’t.
Benefits of an Online Trade School
What are the benefits of online trade school classes? What can you get from a remote learning program that you can’t get from a traditional program?
- Fewer Distractions: If you found yourself distracted in the classroom, you can set your online study space to avoid distractions. Find a quiet spot, avoid technology that isn’t about your class, and get down to business at a time when you’re alert and ready to concentrate.
- Easier Communication: Are you introverted? Do you find it hard or uncomfortable to speak up in class? Then you’ll probably appreciate the online discussion forum. For discussion boards, everyone needs to write a post or at least comment on someone else’s post. You’re not the only one and you won’t be singled out like you might be in a classroom. Since your posts will be written and not spoken, you’ll also have a chance to edit what you say before you say it.
- More Control: In an online class, you’ll have more responsibility. It will be up to you to keep track of your assignments and deadlines, to regularly attend your classes and check your email. But that also puts you in the driver’s seat and gives you more control over your schedule and your education.
Are you ready to attend trade school online? In addition to our blended learning programs, you can attain an Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology Degree fully online. This is an online degree completion program that builds on your Trades skills with business knowledge that can help you build a better career. To learn more, fill out the form or call 888-200-9942.