Internet courses can be used by anyone who has a computer and the
appropriate internet setup.
Correspondence courses are delivered by mail.
There are many reasons that distance learning can be an appropriate
alternative to classroom instruction. Online courses provide interactivity and
increased retention of content. The student’s commitment to online education – a
determination to take full advantage of self-study and education – is the
greatest strength of online learning. Here are some of the benefits:
Productivity: with access to the courses from anywhere in the world where
Internet access is available, an individual can continue to do his or her job
full-time – no need to take time away from the job to attend classroom-based
courses; courses can be taken from home, after work at the desk top, or even on
travel from hotel rooms, for example. The employer has an employee who is not
losing time away from work while that employee continues his or her professional
Reduced Costs: Training and education endeavors away from the job can be
expensive, particularly if they involve travel. The immediate cost is reduced
productivity – every hour away from the job is costing the employer. If a course
includes travel, even local travel, additional costs include meals, mileage and
the like. The AACE online courses are a fixed, known cost.
Access and Retention: A classroom-based course provides one opportunity
to gain and retain information (knowledge). Note-taking, Q&A and follow up are
done at the pace of the instructor, not the student. Depending on the student’s
learning style, an individual may not retain as much learned information as
necessary to successfully complete the knowledge cycle. Assuming the individual
has the discipline to self-study, an online course provides the opportunity to
learn at the student’s optimum pace, in terms of access (24/7) and retention
(control over content to absorb knowledge).
Employer Involvement: AACE has partnered with constructNet International
to offer the Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering courses. They are on a
Learning Management System (LMS) platform that offers an employer the
opportunity to view an employee’s progress in the courses and the opportunity to
offer encouragement and lend support to the employee’s efforts. The LMS is a
collaborative tool that is not available to the employer in a classroom-based
course. To see an informative video on the advantages of constructNet’s online course, click here.
AACE acts as the agent to provide courses that are offered by
third parties. In this case, availability of a course through our website does
not imply endorsement of that course.