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The survey is based on the responses of 4,564 faculty from various types of institutions, and 591 administrators responsible for academic technology at their campuses.
Tech tools intended to help faculty manage tasks and, by extension, reduce their stress seem to be having the opposite effect. The increase in technology appears to increase stress levels for some professors. Some suggest that has to do with professors being available 24/7 through e-mail and text.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
An online education diploma is an academic or professional qualification that is awarded to students upon completion of a course of study through an online institution or a distance learning program that is offered over the Internet. Online diploma programs are becoming more prevalent as time goes on. There are many benefits that are associated with obtaining an online education diploma. Firstly, online education diploma programs often allow for greater time flexibility than traditional diploma programs because of their online nature. This allows pupils enrolled in the programs to attend to their other commitments and study at a time that is convenient for them. However, this often requires excellent organizational and motivation skills. Another benefit of online educational programs is that they allow someone to take a course of studies without having to be near the campus. This makes the course more accessible for many students who otherwise would not enroll in the program due to issues of relocation, and the costs involved with having to relocate. Online educational programs also allow one to hold a full-time job, so there is no halt to a steady income. This is a major aspect of why many people find online programs so appealing, as there is often less of a financial burden to students of online programs.
Online education diplomas from accredited institutions are of academic merit. They can be a stepping stone to further education. Online diplomas may also allow people to advance in their careers, by gaining or enhancing skills that will put them at an advantage in the competitive workforce. Online education diploma programs can be good for someone looking to enhance their already existing skills, or someone who is looking to gain new skills. Either way, completion of an online education from an accredited and reputable institution is a testimonial of your skills. There are various assessment methods for online programs. Often these are examinations and online tests, essays, and online participation on message boards.
When enrolling in any type of online program, it is crucial to ensure that the program is offered by an accredited institution or professional agency. There are plenty of online companies that will issue a diploma to anyone willing to purchase one. Purchased online diplomas are meritless in the academic and professional world, and will make purchasers look like frauds looking to cheat their way through. Students and potential students can greatly benefit from the advantages of an online diploma, although it may not be the best option for everyone.
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Online education has become very popular. You can study just about any subject online, without ever stepping foot into a classroom. Everywhere you look there are advertisements for online programs to get your Masters of Business Management or your law degree online. Before you enroll in an online degree program, you have to consider some things.
Depending on what you want to study, online education may not be right for you. Many of the online programs that are offered today are provided by for-profit schools. For-profit schools exist to make money for their owners, often their owners are stockholders who expect a dividend to be paid or the stock price to increase. The fact that an online program is provided by a for-profit school doesn't mean that the program doesn't deliver a good education, it is simply a factor to consider when researching different programs. The reason I mentioned for-profit schools is because I believe that certain subjects should never be taught entirely online, they just do not fit into the online format.
A perfect example of a subject that does not lend itself to the online format would be chemistry. Chemistry requires students to spend time in a laboratory. The laboratory has specialized equipment and is set up to allow students to conduct experiments, these lessons cannot be taught online with the same degree of competence. A student can watch videos of other people conducting experiments but it is not as effective as actually conducting the experiment.
Other subjects that are difficult to learn online are law, architecture, and medicine, to name a few. If you are unsure if the field you are considering is conducive to online education, check out U.S. News and World Report's College Rankings. If you cannot find an online program in the field that you are researching that is ranked by U.S. News, then that field is probably not appropriate for online education.
Another reason online education is not right for some people is the discipline required. The attractive flexibility of online education also means that a teacher will not tell you when you should start working on your final project or when to read the required reading. It can be tempting to procrastinate and fall behind in class. It is very difficult, if not impossible to catch up once you have fallen behind in an online class.
If you need the structure and guidance of in-class instruction to avoid procrastination, online education is not right for you. Your going to have to be realistic with yourself, only you know if you are the kind of person that can stay focused and disciplined for the couple of years it is going to take to complete the program.
If you are looking for an easy way to get a college degree or you are not willing to put in the effort that it will take to get a college degree from a well respected program, online education is not for you. Although you may find online college programs that require less work than in-class programs, you will not find a program that is as respected and academically rigorous that is easier just because it is online. Top online programs require just as much work as classroom programs.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
How much is education really worth? And how does earning an Online Education Certificate fit into this conundrum?
To help us answer this question, and for some of us who think in quantitative terms, it is usually better to look at some of the relevant information.
For example, in 2008, the standard full-time compensation of a salaried employee in the United States holding a bachelor's degree earned $50K plus. This figure is almost 70 percent larger than those who only have a high school diploma or GED.
Moreover, Individuals with a bachelor's degree also had an appreciably reduced unemployment rate (approximately 3 percent contrasted to 6 percent unemployment rate of those with only a high school diploma or GED).
This piece of information alone highlights the importance of higher education as it directly impacts the economic sector particularly the working class. Because of this important set of reasons, plus the ubiquitous convenience in the internet, not surprisingly, many have taken the hint giving rise to a renewed interest in taking an online course, gaining an online education certificate or joining in an online educational program.
Nowadays, many internet-based sites contain a wide selection of programs including provisions for acquiring an Online Education Certificate.
It is important to take note though that some of these programs may or may not enjoy the distinction of being an accredited school. As you might be aware of, accreditation, when earned, is a largely favorable situation especially when the institution is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, Council for Higher Education and other affiliated agencies.
For many grownups, continuing on a training that was disrupted for one cause or another is essential to career progression, financial constancy and personal fulfillment.
Gaining an online degree through a degree completion program like an online education certificate utterly agrees with these personal aims. For other people, an online program may be a way to attain higher-level certifications, diplomas or other more particular vocational credentials. This is how institutions like Drexel University come into play.
U.S. News & World Report placed Drexel University's School of Education as one of America's finest graduate schools. Drexel's teacher certification programs, online education degrees, and other courses integrate current enquiry on teaching and impart teachers to the latest evolutions in instructional technology and teaching methods.
Although each online certification program may be completed as a complete program, the course of study for each of Drexel's graduate certificate programs is fully amalgamated with a Master's degree curriculum, should you wish to advance further.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The interesting thing now is that a lot of people embrace Online Education and Distance Learning. There are many reasons for such increase in the number of people who are undergoing their higher education degrees online. The reason why a lot of people from all walks of life are pursuing online degree programs is because of the quality of the courses.
Regardless of where you carry on your education, whether in the normal school settings or on the Internet, the lecturer is responsible for seeing you succeed. There are benefits that you get from lecturers and professors who supervise your online education. For instance, you can easily email them or even do voice connections with your supervisors as the need arises.
If you enroll for an online course, you will have access to lecturers and professors that are at the peak of their fields of studies. With the Internet, teachers or professors are not restricted by geography. Your computer becomes your classroom by way of an online education program. The only setback associated with continuing education in normal school settings is size of classrooms. Usually classes that are held in normal school settings are very large, so having access to a teacher or professor on one on one coaching can be a challenging task.
Also, studying online, you are in cordial relationship with your professor or teacher regardless of the fact that your location is far away from your teacher, because you can link up with your teacher directly on the internet. Online students enjoy their studies and experience better connection and have access with their teachers than what is experienced by students in the traditional schools settings.
Following the foregoing, I believe that you would like to consider furthering your education online, especially if you have a day job and a family to maintain while needing higher education. Think about this. You have nothing to lose but lots of gains to make, especially the convenience and stress free nature of studying at your own time and in the comfort of your home.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
The problem with this challenge is those paying for the course materials aren’t buying it, according to Daniel Luzer, web editor of the Washington Monthly.
“That’s because students don’t actually like the digital model,” Luzer wrote. “While electronic might work well enough for some forms of reading: novels (particularly the trash sort where you don’t want people to see what you’re reading on the subway or whatever) and magazine articles, it’s not actually all that good for studying, where underlining and marking up the text is part of what enables people to learn. It’s just hard to study using anything other than print.”
He then suggests the possibility of an ulterior motive to Kibby’s challenge.
“What students really want are used or rental textbooks,” Luzer said. “Textbook rentals are very popular on college campuses. But then, McGraw-Hill doesn’t make any money off textbook rentals or used books.”
Making publishers out to be the bad guys may be good reading on a blog, but Luzer seems to fail to understand where digital course materials and education are headed, which is part of Kibby's point. Digital course materials of the future will be not be the “PDF-equivalent” that they are today, and it will not be about “reading” text like we may have in the pre- and early-digital dark ages.
While Kibby’s forecast may be aggressively optimistic, the future of course materials will be more digital, and more value-adding in terms of contributing to student success. What will replace textbooks are products that are interactive, incorporate assessments, and which are tied to improving learning outcomes. Most major publishers, like McGraw, are making substantive investments in higher education gaming solutions, assessment of content mastery, re-envisioned LMS and learning environments, adaptive learning materials, and a range of other digital products that we would hardly recognize as “textbooks.”
Regarding the ulterior motive ascribed to Kibby’s challenge, publishers like McGraw are publicly traded commercial enterprises, and thus have a distinct incentive to maximize financial returns. If current business practices (e.g., used and rental) do not allow them to generate revenue off of products they originally created, then we should expect they will explore and promote products and business models that do.
What students want is value at a reasonable price. That does not necessarily mean “used or rental” textbooks. They are just the perceived best option at the current time.
Our mission should be to improve educational affordability and student success. We should learn to stop bashing the publishers like an autoimmune response to change.
Do I like every publisher business practice? No. Are course material prices too high (generally speaking)? Yes. Are arguments like this productive or lead to better solutions? Not likely.
We would be much better served by finding ways to be part of the new technologies and delivery models, and helping find ways to improve them, rather than giving the long-term suppliers and partners for our core product reasons to work against and around us. Let us take some accountability and help create options that address both affordability and student success, recognizing that many of these options will be substantively digital in the possibly not-to-distant future.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Online education is becoming very popular and sought after these days. This is owing to the emergence of newer technologies, specialized, new subjects, and less time for traditional methods of education. The latest technologies like file sharing, instant messaging, online forums, and other interactive features make online education the most convenient and preferred method for higher education nowadays.
So what exactly is this online education? This is the educational training provided and obtained through the medium of the Internet. The trainer can be located anywhere and the student elsewhere. The students can be at their homes or any place where they have access to the Internet to learn the information being provided to them. There are many online courses ranging from a variety of subjects like professional courses to short term courses in various disciplines. Some courses require the students and teachers to meet in physical settings on a periodical basis for the purpose of conducting exams or for laboratory trainings while some courses do not need any meetings other than the online meetings. The number of students earning their online degrees is increasing everyday.
The people who benefit greatly from the mode of online education are the working class and those who are located at remote locations. Earlier it was very difficult for the working class people to pursue higher education. They either had to take long leaves or quit jobs to take more degrees. Even people located at the far end corners of the world found it difficult to learn courses being offered on the opposite sides of the globe. But now with the emerging technologies and success of online education programs many are finding it convenient and easier. Those at work need not quit their jobs or take leaves. Instead they can do their learning even in their leisure times at office as well, and these online degree programs can assist a person in increasing the career prospects to a great deal.
Studying courses offered by the top level colleges are very easy with online education. There is no travel and other related expenses other than the fees necessary for the enrollment. And the fee structures of online education programs are less when compared to the regular college education. Additionally, unlike the regular college going programs, online education programs are more specialized and concise. It is easy to manage your day to day activities as your time is flexibly divided between an online course and other household chores. You will have projects and assignments but these will be flexible and you will have more time for the submissions, and some courses give you more time to complete the course as well. For example at certain universities you can complete MBA within 3 to 6 years. At a regular course, you will have to stick to the correct scheduling, which might be difficult at times. Many people tend to quit the regular programs due to hectic work schedules.
A drawback of this mode of education will be that you will miss the actual feel of being in a class and learning with lot of other students like you.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
While it is understandable for anyone who is just beginning to look into an online degree to wonder which online programs are legitimate and which ones are scams, the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of the degrees that are offered over the internet these days are considered just as valid as any other degree. That having been said, there are a few easy things that every person can do to ensure that the academic institution that they are considering is legitimate. In some cases this is simply a matter of common sense, while in other cases a potential student will need to know how to read between the lines. Here is what you need to know in order to ensure that a degree program that is offered over the internet is legitimate.
The easiest way to find out whether an online degree program is legitimate is by simply checking to make sure that the academic institution offering the degree program is actually accredited. This is particularly easy when you are looking at colleges and universities that are offering bachelors and masters degrees. If the school that you are considering is not well known, simply check online to see whether the institution is accredited. Do not take the school's representatives or documentation as evidence. Instead, visit website for the United Stated Department of Education's Database of Accredited Institutions and Programs.
Ensuring that an online degree program can be somewhat more difficult when you are checking up on a trade school or any other institution that specializes in topics that outside of the formal university system. Thankfully, nearly all professional trades have formal organizations that provide their own accreditation to schools that meet their educational requirements. Again, do not simply take a schools word for it when they claim that they are accredited with a particular organization. In some cases, you may need to contact the professional trade organization on your own to double check that a school is indeed accredited for your particular field.
When you are in doubt of whether or not a school is legitimate, you can also take a quick look at the online lists of known diploma mills to see if the school that you were looking at is on that list. Diploma mills are companies that specialize in providing students with a supposed degree or certificate without requiring that a student complete any real training. A number of government and private organizations provide lists online of all known diploma mills so that students and employers know which supposed academic institutions are fraudulent.