ELNathB saidWho has taken on line learning for some colleges and their offered courses? Pros and cons over traditional classroom?
I may start a lateral career move since my last employer ruined my current, long standing career, college offers course work on line. Other than doing on line CA traffic school, and passing their, open book final exam, I have never used the computer as a classroom, how similar or different is college course work and study on line to traffic school? Besides the easier content of the course in traffic school (at least for me, I know some people here in LA that cant pass traffic school in person training either, lol).
I've taken a few online courses in the past. We only met in class like 3 times.. start of the class/orientation, mid-terms, and then finals. I'm personally not a fan. Although, I aced the classes, I prefer going to class and interacting with the teacher and other students. To me, learning is more than just memorizing stuff from a book. There's always something to be learned from others in a collective environment. Email lists and chat groups don't quite cut it for me.
Well, that is what I am used to, the classroom and bouncing off thoughts and ideas with others. Any project management, manager or leader has always been or known the 'team' thing, when you are trying to rah, rah, motivate employees (slaves). Corporate America has been 'structured' by departments. If you are in one of those departments that interact with some or all of the other departments, you are in fact 'teaming' with others, you have to understand that dynamic in the workplace. The job of one person in one department, might affect your job in another department.
Being my age, my workplace "competition" are those young isolationists who grew up with the hand held do all computer. Most of them are probably not familiar with the 'team' concept in traditional work. This may have something to do with corporate Americas unhappiness with this millennials, uncaring, entitled, I want now generation in the workplace. There is enough blame to go around for what is happening in the current US job market.
The new ways of doing things (Aries) has been clashing with the old guard (Capricorn) in the fight for change. We obviously see this in this election cycle. This means corporate America (Capricorn) will eventually have to relinquish its old ways once (Pluto) breaks down their rigid systems by 2023. I am at the age, not ready to retire but now face age discrimination as well as sexual orientation. I am sure, right now, corporate America still favors the traditional classroom setting, they haven't been pushed to change yet, much like the individual has had to.
Everything in life can just change on a dime these days, if your life circumstances has been 'stable' since the start of the 2008 great recession, then congratulations! This en masse change was supposed to affect everyone individually, however that manifests in ones own life. Here I am at 50, forced to update myself, learning a new skill, to 'match' the needs of the current old guard, who at this point, holds too much power to change, flex and morph itself.
The old guard is still too focused on capitalism and profit margins while caring less and less for the individual. I suppose my work, career 'goal' at this point is just to make it to retirement age, earliest is 55, ideal 60 and enjoy whatever time or money I have left. But many of us are having to work well into late 60's, I would prefer not to, especially being gay. I will probably take the on line course work only because of my current need for flexibility
I am kind of scared actually, like walking into the Abyss