Thomas Edison State University offers professional certificates and other noncredit courses that prepare students for a wide variety of professions in the fastest growing industries and meet the needs of large and small organizations through customized training.
Students in these programs are often juggling the competing demands of job, family and education and the myriad complexities of daily life. For this reason, the successful students are self-directed and prefer an online learning environment.
Noncredit certificates and courses run the gamut from totally self-paced to more traditional distance learning courses.
Self-paced courses are taken at your convenience and at your own speed. Most self-paced courses display information in discrete modules that allow you to digest the information in bite-size chunks. In this way, you progress through the material in an independent fashion with minimal resort to help from a content expert. In addition, you can repeat lessons as often as necessary, reinforcing the material until you have a solid understanding of it.
In the more traditional, distance-learning courses, a greater premium is placed upon the interaction between mentor and student and exchanges between students themselves. Here you can expect to participate in forums and online discussion groups, but with a fully engaged mentor serving as an educational guide.
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