How to Choose and Take an Online Course

So, you’ve been asked to take an online course. What next? If you have never taken an online course, choosing one or knowing what to expect can be difficult, but a few simple pointers can help you pick the best course for you.

Choosing an online course

What are your learning preferences?

The first step in narrowing down your options is to determine your favorite learning methods. Even though most courses try to accommodate as many learning styles as possible, some courses will suit you better than others. Here are some questions to help you determine your learning preferences:

  • Do you learn well by reading?
  • Do you prefer listening to an explanation or viewing a demonstration?
  • Do you like extensive feedback in order to master new skills, or do you prefer to experiment on your own?
  • Do you like having the flexibility to jump between topics or do you prefer a directed course structure?
  • Do you like having a variety of assessment methods?’s extensive library of course reviews can help you understand the learning styles the courses are targeting and assist you in making an informed courseware decision.

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The Key to Successful Sexual Harassment Training for Employees

Are They Listening or Loathing?

You can make employees go to sexual harassment training sessions. But how do you make them listen?

In case of lawsuit, break glass

Hostile-Work-EnvironmentOne of the biggest selling points for online sexual harassment training is the ability to track who’s taking it. You can wash your hands of responsibility for harassment training by buying an off-the-shelf software solution and making everyone in the company spend an hour taking it. In case of lawsuit, pull out the files and prove that all your employees scored 75% or better on the final quiz. Voila. Problem solved.

But legal issues are only part of the problem. Most analysts agree that the direct costs of lawsuits are dwarfed by the less tangible costs of sexual harassment: the penalties to productivity, turnover rate, and employee morale. Online learning makes it easy to answer the question “who’s getting training?” But you should also be asking “who’s listening?”
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