Earning your business degree online may be your only option, especially if you are raising a family, working full-time, or not physically able to attend classes on a campus. But before you choose the first program that appears on the search results, it is important to find a quality online business program that will fit with your style of learning and provide you with the resources you need to succeed.
Determining Your Learning Style
Your learning style is based on your preferred sense. That is, seeing, hearing, moving, and/or feeling. Often times, we have more than one preferred sense. In these cases, finding a program that caters to your most dominate senses is best. One of the easiest ways to determine your learning style is to think about instances where you learned most quickly or easily. Were you listening to a podcast? Watching a video? Reading a book? Partaking in a particular activity? Another method to help you determine your style is to find a couple of online quizzes that measure learning styles. These are not always completely accurate, but they can at least give you an idea of how you may learn best. Here are several free online quizzes:
University of South Florida: Florida Parental Information and Resource Center
This quiz, shown below, provides you with a score and a chart on learning styles to help you understand what your results mean.
About.com Learning Style Quiz
This quiz is intended to help students determine their learning style for the purposes of developing more successful studying techniques. The quiz has nine questions. To take the quiz, click on the "start quiz" link under the page's introductory paragraph.
University of South Dakota Learning Style Quiz
This quiz provides another series of questions and calculates your learning style.
All of these quizzes were easily found by googling "determining your learning style."
Finding a Program that Includes Elements that Align with Your Learning Style
Now that you have somewhat of an idea what your learning style is, look at your list of prospective online programs from that point of view. Are you an audio learner? Does the program offer podcasts or lectures that are recorded? Will you be listening to a real teacher online? If you are a visual learning, find out if the program offers videos or visual examples of concepts. For instance, printable diagrams of concepts such as mathematical formulas and organizational structures. Also, if you are a visual learner, find out if there are text books available for the classes. Often, viewing concepts on paper versus a computer screen is helpful.
AACSB-Accredited Online Business Programs
Since AACSB Accreditation is considered to be the highest level of specialized business accreditation an institution can earn, it is important to start your search with a list of online programs that have this designation. After all, the last thing you want is for your online program to not be recognized by employers or other institutions you may want to transfer to in the future.
To search for programs, visit AACSB's student website. The site contains a search tool that allows you to narrow down schools with online offerings by particular disciplines and levels (undergraduate, graduate, etc.). The site also has a list of AACSB-accredited schools with online MBA programs.
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