Online Studies - Right for You?

 Is an Online Graduate Program Right for You?

NYIT's program in Clinical Nutrition is 100% online. The convenience and interactivity of online learning can be of tremendous advantage: Commute costs and time are saved, you are able to fit learning into you own schedule and balance myriad work and personal responsibilites. The program is
asynchronous which means that you can work on your own schedule and are not asked to log in at specific times. New tools such as Voicethreads allows you to post visual and audio messages that enhance class discussions.

Some questions to ask before embarking on this program:

1. What are my time constraints?
If you are working full time or part time, and/or have family obligations, take out your weekly calendar and realistically ask yourself how many hours you can devote to your studies. Decide how much of your leisure time you are ready to give up.  You may want to start with just one course your first semester to get acclimated, especially if you haven't been in school for some time. While you may be eager to complete the program, taking fewer credits per semester may take longer to finish but assure success. On average students devote 9-12 hours a week for each 3 credit course. Be realistic and do not overextend yourself.

2. What type of student are you?
Those who are motivated, independent learners and good at time management have the odds on their side. However, those who have had difficulties in this area, can succeed with proper expectations and preparation. Since you are not actually "there," it is very easy to push aside work and to procrastinate. Some instructors penalize for late submission of assignments and will only give grades of "incomplete" to those with extenuating circumstances, while other instructors may be more liberal with adhering to assignment due dates.

3. Do I have access to appropriate hardware and software?
More up-to-date computers with larger memory and high speed internet will make viewing pages and submitting assignments more efficient. Some courses require purchase of specific software. Having a webcam allows particpation in web-conferencing, presentations and discussion board video posts.


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