Study While it’s Hot: Last chance to Register for Online Courses this Summer
For students, the lazy, hazy days of summer are the perfect time to keep their education and their brains firing on all cylinders. If you haven’t already, now is the time to squeeze in an extra course, accelerate a degree or explore something entirely new. Course registration for summer closes June 17.
Forget the beach for now. Accessible online learning is this summer’s go-to destination.
Lots to choose from of course
Some students want to keep the momentum going over the summer hiatus while others seek to reduce their course load in the fall. Given the stay-at-home status for many of us right now, some just want something to do!
Flexible online learning at Trent University covers all student levels and majors by offering courses from a variety of programs including Media Studies, Business, Indigenous Studies and more.
Particularly this year, extra spare time provides an ideal opportunity to check out intriguing content such as Computer Crime & Forensics, Children’s Literature or an Environmental Studies elective.
Same high quality content, delivery and access
We’ve done this before. Trent students have often taken advantage of summer courses offered online. The technology, faculty expertise and student supports are in place to deliver the same quality educational experience and interpersonal connection that students have come to expect in class.
Online learning is available any time of day to all students, life situations and timetables. For part-time or traditional students of all age groups, online learning can create time and space for those caring for family, holding down a job, volunteering or are pursuing experiential learning opportunities. Students can join in live or access content on their own schedule.
“By offering flexibility, students studying online are able to balance their educational needs with other demands while they are building capacity, and enhancing professional skills such as self-discipline, time management and technical comprehension,” says Jenifer Richardson, student affairs manager at Trent University Durham GTA.
For online students who require accessibility supports, they are encouraged to connect with Student Accessibility Services to arrange accommodations that suit their current situation.
Embarking on a new road trip this summer
We’re not surprised by our student resilience. As COVID-19 altered our classrooms, students grew increasingly confident to pursue more online learning and to adapt to changing technologies and environments.
In addition to versatility, this shift can further develop key time management and organization skills, which are valued assets down the road.
An online learning environment can offer students a new way to engage with their peers and professors. “For some students the online environment encourages engagement differently than face-to-face sessions and students who may be reticent often find it easier to participate in class discussions thus enhancing their experience and development of their self-confidence,” says Ms. Richardson.
As the official start of summer approaches, now is a chance to spread wings and explore new territory, even from your patio. When many things have come to a standstill, online learning can still propel students forward.
Posted on June 11, 2020