Why Choose EIU?
Workplace learning could translate to college credit
Many students returning to earn a college degree have had significant amounts of workplace training and experience. We recognize that these knowledge and skills have been valuable in shaping who you are as a person, but also what you would like to become within the occupation. The OPD program is designed to support these experiences by awarding credits for prior learning. Through the OPD program's Awarded Credit and Portfolio processes, learners have a chance to demonstrate their workplace knowledge for college credits. Your degree may be closer than you think!
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Course delivery formats address adult learning styles
An adult learner is more than just someone who has reached college age. True adult learners are concerned with utilizing their experiences as a context for learning, being self-directed and responsible for their own learning, and participating in learning experiences that are centered around real-world problems. Unlike traditional degree programs, the OPD program is designed for just these types of adults. All OPD courses focus on developing learners' knowledge and skills through contextual-based learning. Courses focus on helping learners apply their work and life experiences in order to address current work and occupational related issues. Learners are provided the tools to be autonomous, while still having access to skilled facilitators to guide them when needed.
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24-7 convenient online courses
Traditional college degree programs are seldom designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are traditionally offered during times when adults are on the job, leaving few options for completing a degree while working full time. Unlike these traditional programs, the OPD program is specifically designed to meet the scheduling needs of today's working adult. OPD courses are offered in a variety of formats and in a variety of different locations. Learners can complete courses completely online, in a hybrid format (online and in class), on the weekend, or in the evening. There is a course schedule for even the busiest of adults.
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Course rotations for quick degree completion
While every learner's situation is different, the OPD program is designed to help you earn your degree quickly. Required OPD courses are offered during the spring, fall and summer semesters to ensure you have the opportunity to complete courses when you need them. Courses are rotated at different locations for maximum effectiveness. Therefore the OPD courses you need to graduate are there when you need them.
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Faculty with subject expertise
Often adult learners get discouraged by instructors with limited expertise in the subject matter they are teaching. Either the instructor has limited knowledge of the skills needed within the occupation in order to help build on the experiences of the learners, or the instructor has limited experience in the workforce to build learning experiences that solve real-world problems. Learners within the OPD program not only have faculty that are highly respected in their fields, but most also have significant industry experiences. Therefore OPD learners receive the highest level of instruction from a diverse group of faculty. Our faculty members create a learning environment that is not only engaging and participative; have the unique knowledge, skills, and experiences to provide the development you need to be successful.
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