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Monday, May 04, 2009

How useful are online courses really? Is it worth paying?

Nowadays, there are a lot of online courses on subjects not just related to IT but also hobbies and pass-time topics. Recently, one of our blog reader took up a online ccna training and he sent me a review of how the course was and how it really helped in his career. That's when I got a clear picture of how Online courses really work and how useful they tend to be at most times.

But an online course depends on what kind of training you are looking for. Courses on Game hunting or car driving can't be taught online - so signing up for one online would mean a disaster. Once, you have zeroed in on the course - you'll have to determine the price you are going to pay as you can compare the price to an offline one(if available) and also if it were going to be cheaper.

You could also head over to amazon.com or barnes and noble website and search in the subject your asking about and there should be atleast one "how to do book" - you can look and consider if it would be possible for you to learn from the book itself.

And last but not the least, it all depends on how motivated you are. Think back to the last time you were in school or had to do something important, are how quick you where to do it or do u tend to put things off for a while or till the last possible minute(sometimes that's what I do). If its the latter of the two, I definitely don't recommend online training especially if its in a class format because sooner or later you'll fall behind and it could be a waste.