If you’re new to the idea of taking online continuing education for massage, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages with all of your options.
Live Continuing Education – Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages of live seminars are supervision and instant feedback, although class size will affect how much instructor attention you will receive.
The disadvantages with live seminars are that tuition is significantly higher. On top of this, you need to place a monetary value on the time you miss work, and calculate your travel expenses, meals and potentially lodging away from home. You might also encounter house-sitting, childcare, or other added expenses. Another disadvantage with live seminars are that you run the risk of having classes cancelled at the last minute, and limited courses available in the time frame you need.
Online Continuing Education – Advantages and Disadvantages
Advantages with online courses are many. You have the ability to enroll today, and (depending on the course length) have your certificate in your hand today, with no delays. You have nearly unlimited options of course topics available. It is easy to make online courses fit your routine, your deadlines, and your preferences, with the convenience of 24/7 availability. You won’t have to block class times off of your appointment book, or leave home. Since home study courses are often much less expensive than live seminars, not only do you save time and trouble, but you also save hard-earned money.
Of course, with online study you will need to rely on email and phone calls to interact with your instructor. When you take a course through Institute of Somatic Therapy, we are available by phone or email to answer any questions that you have, but we acknowledge that there may be times when it is just not the same has having someone right there.
Retention of Course Material – Higher with Online
An often forgotten advantage of online courses is retention of the material. Studies indicate that the retention rate can be as low as 50% in a classroom situation, so when you leave, you may only retain half of what you learned. One month later, it might even be less than that. With home study, you have the ability to study when you are ready to focus and are free of distractions. You can also hit rewind to view the videos and re-read the course material as many times as you wish, even after you completed the course. Since you can review over and over again, with enough repetition, you can conceivably increase your retention rate as high as 100%.
Enroll With Confidence
If you like the idea of online courses, but are worried about how it will work for you, we invite you to try our free sample course. You may well discover that the savings and convenience of online continuing education courses suit you just fine. To see all of our online continuing education courses, click here.
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