How to Choose an Online Course

How to Effectively Choose an Online Course

Choosing online courses for your children can seem like a daunting task in the 21st century. As technology advances, so do the options. Parents from all walks of life are looking for alternative methods of education to meet their student’s academic needs. But, how do you know which online course to choose?

As parents, we know that the decisions we make for our children today will have a lasting impact. Needless to say, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to provide the best. At Nimbus Christian Education, we understand how overwhelming this process can be; and, we want to give you the tools to effectively choose an online course.

Begin with Values
Keeping God at the center is always the best way to begin. What values will the online course you are considering promote in your children? Are they values that will support what you seek in your home? At times you will wish to choose an online course that contradicts a student’s faith in order to help them learn how to face those challenges; but, at other times you will want a course that will align with their faith in order to strengthen it.

Consider your Child
Before you choose any program, consider your child’s needs and learning ability. While there are so many wonderful benefits to using technology to enhance learning, understanding what your child needs is imperative. Here are some questions to consider:


  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Does my child need extra help with a particular course?
  • What’s my child’s learning style?
  • Does my child need an added challenge?


Ask Basic Questions
As you browse various online programs, keep in mind that all schools are not created equal. There are many differences with how each program is delivered and what is expected of students. Before digging into the depth of a course (e.g., examining the course outlines), start with your most basic questions, including:


  • What is the admission process?
  • How much is the tuition?
  • Are there additional fees for books or lab materials?
  • What courses are offered?
  • Are the courses accredited or non-accredited?


Trust God
Your children are a precious heavenly gift and you have been given the incredible task of raising them in the way that they should go. And, that way should always lead them to Christ. So, as you research various online options remember to ask God to direct your path. Trust that He will lead you in the right direction and put your student on the path to success.

We’re Here to Help!
At Nimbus Christian Education, we have a passion for helping families on their educational journey. That’s why we’ve created a workshop specifically for parents to attend and equip them with the Top 10+ Questions to ask when choosing an online school. We also know that when it comes to education one size definitely does not fit all. During this workshop we’ll discuss all the online options available throughout Ontario. You’ll learn the difference between synchronous and asynchronous; continuous enrollment vs. cohort enrollment, Reach Ahead/Reach Behind, and that’s just a snapshot of this informative session!

For more information, contact us directly by email office@nimbuseducation.ca