Luria Learning offers continuing education classes and graduate level credits through The Heritage Institute and credit through Antioch University.
Are you concerned about finish an online class? Some people do find it difficult to take online classes. Almost all of my students finish their class within a year of enrolling. Those that need help with motivation have found that using a free commit contract site like www.stickK.com solves their problem. Remember, that you can cancel the class within 30 days and receive a refund from the university (all minus $20 processing fee.)
Here are some tips from successful students!
1. Have fun and collaborate!
Learning is fun. There is no reason why you need to do this alone. Take the class with a group of friends and meet at a fun coffee shop when you have your meetings. Enjoy yourself! When you collaborate, everyone does assignment #1 (introducing yourself) and the last assignment (writing a two page paper sharing what you learned). You then get to divide the other assignments among your group.(If you have a group of 4 teachers, you may only do 2 additional assignments, but you get the full 3 credits.)
Collaborating is much less work, and so much more fun! You agree to sit down and talk about what you've learned. (You get college level credit or continuing education units for doing what you enjoy - talking with other teachers and learning new things.)
2. Write down why you want to take the online class.
Why? Because, when you write down why you want to take your class, it will help increase your motivation. Remembering why you want to take this class will help you stay committed. Do you want to learn new skills? Do you want to feel more confident? Do you want to renew your credential? Do you want to earn more money. Writing down your reason is much more effective than just saying it in your mind. Go ahead, and write it down now. It will only take you 10 seconds!
3. Plan times to study and write them in your calendar.
Why? Because if you have times when you are planning on studying, you will study more and be more successful. Use a free commitment site with an anit-charity like www.stickK.com to keep you motivated.
4. Turn in your first assignment in the first or second week.
Why? Because this will help you gain momentum. You assignment does not need to be perfect, and the first assignment won't take you more than 30 minutes to complete!
5. Use a timer to study.
Why? Because when you use a timer your will feel successful. One of the nice things about an online course is that you can study in 15 or 30 minute increments. Just put the timer on for 15 minutes and commit to working for 15 minutes at a time.
6. Reward yourself.
Why? Because you should reward yourself for learning new things and working hard. What would work for you? Some students make a chart and get themselves a treat every time they turn in an assignment, or work towards one large treat at the end of the course. What type of treat? That is something only you can answer for yourself. It might be a massage, it might be going to a coffee shop and reading a book, going to a movie, or whatever would be enjoyable.
It does take work to become a fantastic teacher, but you knew that. You didn't choose this job because of the pay! You chose this job because you wanted to make a difference in lives. If you are willing to put in the work, you can become the teacher you've dreamed of being.
One of the top 5 classes I've taken (Writing and Editing Made Easy)
I’d like to express my appreciation for you and your class. Rarely do I take an online class where I feel like I actually learned something I could use and this one is in the top five classes I have taken since I have become an educator. I was really not expecting to get so much out of the course as I did, and for that I thank you. I also am impressed by how quickly you got back to me as I turned in assignments. It was fun to check my email and see that you had responded, and were positive in that response as well. My only regret is that I didn’t notice that I could request more feedback until now! I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and school year. - Clint Hill, English Department Head