Online Continuing Ed -Informative but TIME CONSUMING

Real Estate Agent with Earth Origins Realty

I just completed an on-line continuing ed class offered by Kaplan entitled Home Inspection and Environmental Basics.  It covered an array of topics from radon, lead concerns and disclosure, formaldehyde, mold, indoor air quality, sick building syndrome, red flags when inspecting a home, water leakages, safe drinking water, different types of soils (foundation issues), indoor air quality, underground storage tanks, electromagnetic fields, biological pollutants, combustion pollution.  The list goes on and on. 

Now, as a person concerned with the environment, as a real estate broker, as an EcoBroker, and as home builder, this class was really invaluable.  But as someone who has a lot of time constraints (on top of valuing sleep), I was surprised that an on-line class which offers 4 hour credits actually took me 6 hours of non-stop computer screen time and attention to complete.  I started at 3am and didn't finish until 9. 

I remember someone warning me that on-line classes require more than attending an in-person locally taught con. ed class in Albuquerque.  I guess he was right.  The advantage, of course, of taking on on-line class is that you do it anytime (even at 3 in the morning).  But really, I wish Kaplan would be more accurate in how much credit is offered, so that it corresponds with actual time spent.  Have any of you real estate brokers found this to be the case too?  

Comments (2)

Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Thats wild.  I took a lot of online education about a year and a half ago and I had to wait because three hours needed to take 3 hours not be sped through.   I was able to read and answer at my normal pace and stay ahead.   I am not going to say that 3 hours did NOT take three hours but I did not have to travel to a school so it was a time saver for me.

Nov 18, 2008 11:35 PM
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Online, you should be able to bookmark and stop back at lunch, then bookmark and stop back after dinner.  Is that not your case?  That is the ultimate EASY IMO.

Nov 19, 2008 12:28 AM