I just want to spend a little bit of time this week talking about the benefits of online courses and explaining how we design our courses and how we’re looking to constantly improve them.
Benefits of online courses
That’s one of the main questions. Why take insurance licensing courses online? Why not go with a classroom option? To be honest, both routes have their merits: people who prefer to study in groups or people who are not sure they would have the discipline to handle a self-paced online course would see value in the classroom option. For those who are on a busy schedule or value affordability, flexibility or prefer to study on their own time in peace, the online option is good as well. Another benefit I see with self-paced learning is that many people are reluctant to ask questions in a group setting. With our online programs, students can reach out to an instructor on a one-on-one basis anytime by live chat or by phone. But there’s a hidden benefit to online programs that nobody talks about and is hardly ever used: data.
How we use data to improve our course/instructional design
With our online courses, we are able to track all of our student’s progression, quiz scores, etc. That means we have hard data to use when figuring out how to best design our courses and tweak our teaching style.
For example, if we see that students routinely perform poorly on a certain chapter quiz, we will look and revise the way we teach that chapter. This is the type of thing that would be impossible in a classroom setting.