Online courses and distance learning: a look at some of the specialists

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The biggest advantage to online courses and distance education learning is flexibility. You can study at your own pace, wherever you are. If you are a parent, working full-time, or live in a rural area, online courses allow you to further your education without upending your life.

Having said that, if you study through an online or distance course you’ll need self-motivation. Arguably, the same is true of any education – the more you put in, the more you get out.

There is such a huge variety of online courses available across Ireland, therefore it would be impossible to do them all justice. In addition, many – if not most – colleges, universities and education providers offer at least some online or distance learning options. Furthermore, a huge number of colleges around the world offer MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses. MOOCs don’t necessarily lead to a professional qualification. However they can offer a good grounding in a variety of subjects.

That means that if you are looking for online education, your options are almost limitless.  Let’s have a look at some specialists in online courses.

Career Academy

The Career Academy provides online business courses in the areas of accounting, bookkeeping and administration. They provide exceptional online courses as well as personal tutor support. They offer a range of accredited and employer recognised courses. The Career Academy focuses on mentoring, inspiring and supporting people through training so their career or business can reap the rewards.

International Career Institute 

International Career Institute (ICI) delivers over one hundred exciting career and lifestyle focused courses to a broad range of people and businesses worldwide. ICI offer courses in areas such as business, professional services, media and PR as well as health, beauty and fitness. In addition, they offer courses in education, languages to name a few.

The Open College

The Open College is Ireland’s largest provider of courses and QQI awards in distance learning and eLearning. They offer over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 distance eLearning component Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories. These include healthcare and childcare, as well as special needs assisting. They also offer courses in journalism, writing, digital media, law, psychology and business.

Kilroys College

Kilroys College has a long and distinguished history in delivering online, distance learning and correspondence courses. Their courses cover a wide variety of subjects. These include accountancy, business management, journalism and languages. In addition, they offer courses in childcare, make up artistry and web design amongst others.

The Open University in Ireland

The Open University in Ireland provides distance learning, higher education courses and opportunities to students across the Republic of Ireland. They offer over 570 courses leading to 250 qualifications. This encompasses offers everything from introductory courses through to vocational qualifications, degrees and postgraduate degrees. Their awards are aligned with the National Framework of Qualifications.





Anne Sexton

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