Like so many things in today’s world, continuing education is continuing to change and evolve in order to be more effective at meeting the needs of those who use it. Many people pursue continuing education in order to enrich or improve their careers, keep skills updated, or pursue beneficial certifications. Trends in continuing education make it even more beneficial to its participants.
Online and Mobile Education
Students now expect online and mobile education platforms as options for continuing education because they have busy careers, children, and other things in their lives that limit their time and availability. The flexibility and convenience of these options make them preferrable to many people, and most continuing education programs could no longer survive without them.
Not everyone can afford to go to conferences in their field that may require travel and hotel stays on top of the conference’s cost. Virtual conferences may be simulcast to many locations or available online, possibly on demand so they can be viewed at participants’ convenience. Networking, which is always an important part of any conference, can be accomplished through chatrooms and social media or email groups specialized to the conference.
Microlearning usually involves video content that is broken up into brief lessons rather than longer ones. Microlearning works well for those who are very busy and don’t have much time for continuing education as well as for those with certain learning styles that work better when learning in short bursts.
Sometimes called MOOCs (massive online open courses), these are typically open to anyone and provide basic information on a topic of interest. Many of them are offered free and only involve a cost if you want to earn a certificate or credential when the course is completed. Some MOOCs can involve thousands of students, so they can be a good option for some, but not for those who need extra help or modifications.
Customized Courses and Help for Those With Learning Disabilities
Courses with smaller enrollments can offer customized lesson plans to fit your needs and can often accommodate modifications for those with learning disabilities who need extra help. Customized courses target information that may be needed for a particular job and ensure that everything is in compliance with requirements that can be specific or different in different areas.
Similar to customized learning, self-directed learning can be both self-paced and allow each student to determine the learning objectives and outcomes that they most need. Self-directed learning also has the benefit of allowing students to pursue interests that not everyone shares, so that their learning objectives can be met.
CCSU offers many different kinds of continuing education courses that incorporate the latest trends and provide valuable skills to benefit a variety of careers. View open courses to see how CCSU continuing education courses can help you stay up to date or take your career to the next level.