SDSU College of Extended Studies is at the forefront in delivering innovative and career-focused online learning programs and certificates for professionals. Welcome to the College of Extended Studies in San Diego State University with all the economic challenges, technological innovations, and interesting global connections, this truly is a very exciting time to learn here at the College of Extended Studies. 77% of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education is the same or superior to those in face-to-face classes. 48% of faculty members believe that virtual learning is essential for a 21st century classroom. some of the key benefits of online courses include: the ability to attract a global audience, online courses can truly attract the global audience as students can participate from locations around the country, or around the world. The students create this community that’s just so unique to their group and what’s nice is that community will go from class to class as the students move forward in the different programs that they’re involved with, so that’s really fun too, to see them, you know, reach out to each other and help each other and support each other and make jokes and, you know, there’s a lot of dynamic elements in class when you’re looking at students who are all across the United States, all around the world, you know, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and, I mean, Afghanistan, Iraq, I mean, we get everybody in the same class talking about the same thing with their diverse backgrounds. One particularly effective communication mechanism in online courses is the threaded discussion board which allows students to interact with each other and provides course related advice in a timely fashion. Online courses also provide students with increased flexibility as they are literally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Having this program being online makes it possible for me to get involved in a master’s program and for someone like myself, I’m already fully involved in a professional career, not only do I do Surf Media and Surf Photography full time, but I run a nonprofit organization which has started and that sends me all over the world and traveling four months a year, about, and the reality for me to be able to be in a classroom year-round or for a semester on end just isn’t possible. This online program has worked out really well for me because I have the opportunity to fit it in when it’s convenient for me. Sometimes convenient times mean later nights earlier mornings but it works for me when I need to. The deadlines are set, you know when the project needs to be done and it’s up to you to make the time throughout your week to take care of what you need to. 71% of students believe that virtual learning provides increased flexibility to take classes. 62% of students believe that virtual learning provides the opportunity for professional adults to take classes while working full time. Please visit our website at neverstoplearning.net to view and enroll in our highly acclaimed online programs. Remember never stop learning online.