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Today, there is a growing trend of more and more people enrolling in online education. Most have chosen to further their education and their careers by way of online study.
This trend is making this education one of the fastest growing industries in the education sector of business. Earning an online degree is now in vogue and it already had earned its respectability years ago.
For people who are eying of getting one through online education, here are some of the ways to make the most out of this new style in education.
One of the biggest - if not the biggest - reasons of the strong attraction in education through the internet is flexibility. The student can afford to incorporate his classes into his daily schedule without sacrificing work time and family commitments.
These classes are all online and are provided to a forum or a class manager website. These forums (or sites) are where the assignments, messages, and study materials are made available. Student home works are also turned in here.
Working students can work their job schedules around their study times. Students with children to care can choose the time for their class work. Those who travel need not worry because their school work can be accessed anywhere in the world where there is Internet.
In online education, student-centered approach in teaching is more evident than in the traditional style of instructions. Online, the instructor can tailor-fit the lessons according to the student.
For instance, some students are visual learners and some learn by doing. Online, the student gets to decide when and how best to study and digest his lessons. They are left to find what works best for them.
In online education, instructors are more accessible than their face-to-face counterparts in on-campus schools. Talking with the instructors is simply done in newsgroup discussions, online chats, or through emails.
Interacting with an instructor does not need an actual appointment during office hours like in normal circumstances.
This convenient setup saves time and encourages warm student-instructor communications and rapport. It can also produce a positive effect in the student's academic work in general.
Online education also reflects the status of the instructors. They may also be located in other parts of the world since the teaching is done on the Internet.
This is one type of diversity that is advantageous to the student. The main reason is that this allows the student more exposure to the different concepts and perspectives that can happen only if the instructors are from all over the globe.
When the student is committed to an online education program, education counselors are also available to them. These are the people responsible for making your online education experience positive, trauma-free and successful.
They help plan the overall course of study as well as help in choosing the right classes. They are available all the time to answer any question. The student's urgent questions are answered quickly via emails or instant messaging.
In turn, they can contact you during evenings or weekends, if those are your only available times. They are sensitive to your needs and they are especially easy with first-timers.
By the look of things, online education may just be the wave of the future.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Innovation and technology has added ease and convenience to the lives of people. Advancements in computer technology and internet-based online education have proved to be a boon for anyone who seeks learning. It has been especially beneficial for professionals who intend to add to their knowledge and skills, but face limitations due to time and fixed schedules. Middle-aged people at times feel shy about attending college or apprehensive about leaving a well-paying job in order to advance their qualification and add to their count of degrees and skills. Online education comes to their rescue, by freeing them of all these limitations. Instead of attending full time classes and completing the course in fixed time, online education opens up a myriad of options and opportunities.
The concept behind online teaching is simple! It is a way by which training and knowledge is imparted by the medium of internet. The concept is gaining popularity and is quickly becoming the new fad with people of all ages. The main reason fueling its popularity is the fact that one does not face the issues of predefined and fixed time schedules, duration and exam patterns. The study material and course structure is easily customized to serve the interests of the candidates. What is even more lucrative for students who take up online education is the fact that the restrictions due to place are done away with. One can take a professional course accredited by a highly reputed university or institute and earn a degree of equal importance as the in-campus degree - all from the comfort of your home! With the travelling expenses, the living on-campus expenses, and all the additional fees levied by educational institutes being cut, an online degree costs only a fraction of the amount that one generally needs to shell out for an on-campus degree.
The online programs are designed keeping the trends and requirements of professionals in mind. While an on-campus degree requires a person to spend two or more years in the campus, online programs are generally one-year programs. The class schedules for the group taking a course together is generally set up by the group mates themselves, keeping in mind the comfort of every member of the group. This helps participants to conveniently fix their study hours and make adjustments in their busy schedules. The class schedules and study material is available online and can be accessed from anywhere, and at any time.
Moreover, one meets a number of like-minded individuals in an online study group. This helps forge lasting work relations, share knowledge and experience and receive insightful peer group learning. Advancing one's knowledge in the field where he / she works helps climb the corporate ladder. In fact, an online course helps you jump on the freeway to a successful career!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
To some, online courses may seem like a completely different than traditional on campus courses. They are quite similar in everything but the instructional delivery method. One of the most frequently asked questions is "how will my GPA be calculated"?
The answer is simple. Your grade point average is calculated the same way that the traditional on campus students are calculated. Typically, most universities follow a 4.0 scale. What constitutes an A, B, C, D, and F may vary slightly from institution to institution, however.
To calculate your GPA on your own, you will first need to determine your grade points you have earned. This is done by giving yourself 4 points for every A, 3 points for every B, 2 points for every C, 1 point for every D, and 0 points for every F. Pass/Fail courses are generally not factored into a student's GPA. Also, incompletes and withdraws do not have a bearing on GPA.
Next, find the total amount of credit hours you have attempted. A cumulative number of credit hours are typically listed on your previous grade report. You can take this as your starting point and add the number of credit hours you attempted in the current quarter or semester.
Divide the number of grade points by the number of credit hours attempted. This will give you your grade point average. It's as simple as that! Calculating your GPA before a class's drop date can be a great way to determine if dropping a particular class may be more beneficial than taking a substandard grade.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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Monday, September 17, 2012
A lot of bandwidth gets spent these days arguing that open education and free stuff is good … and that traditional colleges and textbooks are quickly approaching obsolescence. I am oscillating between enthusiasm and cynicism.
Our open-source content-sharing project, LON-CAPA, just celebrated its 20th anniversary: www.lon-capa.org/anniversary.html, and we are starting a successor project, www.courseweaver.org/
Looking back over those 20 years, it's been an almost constant uphill battle for funding. Some money came from grants, but that model is inherently unsustainable: you can get money for new initiatives, but you cannot get grant funding to sustain something that works. Some research funding was even harmful to our project, as it made us do experimental stuff that did not benefit the majority of our users. The remainder of the funding has come from traditional colleges and universities.
Looking at MOOCs, open content, open-source software, etc., I still do not understand the business model, and I don't see it seriously discussed, except occasionally like in the Chronicle article about Coursera: http://chronicle.com/article/How-an-Upstart-Company-Might/133065/—notice the "might" in the title.
Somebody in the end has to pay for salaries, retirement, health insurance, connectivity, hardware … at the moment, it seems like the business model is parasitic on traditional higher education. How is it going to move out of that mode?
My cynical self is reminded of the infamous dot-com business model: "We make a loss with every customer, so let's get more." Are we heading toward a dot-edu bubble? Please convince me of the opposite.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
These times are as troubled as we've seen them in decades. Businesses are closing. Companies are declaring bankruptcy. The unemployment numbers are growing more dismal by the month. People are struggling to make ends meet. Very few people are surviving unscathed.
This is precisely why it's a good time to further your education. Whether you still need to get your high school diploma or you want to develop new skills in order to access a better-paying job, you'll find online learning to be a convenient and effective avenue for your education.
Here are some of the advantages for your consideration:
1) Education On Your Time. Life is hectic. There's always more to do than time to do it. Squeezing lessons and classes into the equation only makes things worse. Fortunately, online education is designed to fit your schedule, not the other way around. When you choose to take your classes is largely up to you. Twenty minutes during your lunch break. Fifteen minutes while waiting for your kids to get out of their karate lessons. Thirty minutes after everyone has gone off to bed. Whichever times are most convenient for you.
2) No Travel Time. No one enjoys being on the freeway, moving ten miles an hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic, worrying about being late to your class. It's frustrating. It's time-consuming. It's stressful. Online education eliminates the travel. You can study in the comfort of your home, never having to leave the house. You study and learn at your convenience, not someone else's convenience.
3) Money Saving. Online education classes are generally more reasonably priced. They save you in ways that you might not even realize at first glance. Not having to travel saves you gas money. Since you're learning at home, you save on childcare and babysitting expenses. There's no need to squeeze in a fast food meal between work and class, so you save on those expenses. Even if you're in a position where you can't afford a computer or Internet access, you can save money by using a computer at your local library. Almost every library has Internet access these days.
4) Personal Attention. In a traditional classroom it's easy to get lost. The instructor has a full curriculum to teach, and his or her life is most likely just as hectic as yours. It's no unusual to go through a semester of learning and never once have the opportunity to talk to your teacher. The online classroom makes access to your professor much easier. Communication by email is convenient for both parties. In addition, with technology rapidly changing, some classes are presented as webinars which allow you to ask questions directly. These new avenues of communicating make it much easier to get the personal attention you need to create the best educational experience.
Not every educational need can be addressed through online learning, but a growing number of them can be. This is a trend that should continue to grow in the future as well, as education adapts to the student instead of forcing the student to adapt to the education. So before you sign up for your local community college classes or even your state college classes, check to see what they have available online first. And if you can't find what you need, check to see if you can advance your education with a dedicated online learning program.
Friday, September 14, 2012
On a positive note, you aren't the first student confronting this kind of decision, which means that with proper investigating you will find tons of tips and individuals who can help you. Have a discussion with your friends and family, do research online and at a library and most importantly, try to look at the actual location of the schools you might be thinking about. This isn't as vital with an online school, but if you want a geographic location, then you will want to visit.
With online degree programs, you will want to look into the accreditation of the university. A physical college usually has achieved some kind of recognition, and you can easily determine if your degree will be respected. However, online degree programs can mask their bad standing behind an Internet wall, so to speak, so accreditation is vital.
Accreditation is extremely important with online degree programs because prospective employers will look at it to know that your schooling is recognized by the United States Department of Education. Regardless of whether you are looking at physical offline schools or web-based schools, be sure that it fits in line with your long term education ambitions. Should you ever choose to transfer, then you'll want to ensure that your credits will transfer.
With online degree programs, you can start when you choose. Alternatively, a campus college has established course times and enrollment periods. This requires that you set a period of time aside to go to the campus and take the course. On the other hand, in an internet course, it is possible to take the class when you have a free spot of time.
Convenience may be a large factor anytime people are choosing between bricks-and-mortar institutions and internet based colleges. It's important to think about the time it would take to go to and from the actual campus, whether you have enough time to spend on a scheduled course schedule. Online degree programs still require you complete things on a schedule, so do not believe you can slack off and then finish whenever you choose.
No matter whether you are looking at physical campus schools or online degree programs, you can find what suits you the best if you take enough time to do your research. If you base your final decision exclusively on cost, you'll end up let down with the caliber of schooling.
The choice for where you wish to go to college is definitely a time intensive one, but one with wonderful rewards and advantages. If you're deciding between going to a web-based institution versus a physical campus, examine your finances, your available time as well as what kind of program will benefit you the most.
As you desire to enroll in an online University or College or an additional type of online education program, you must think of available options to see if the course is accredited or institution is approved to run the programs. Studying online degrees is very important to accomplish your dream career.
There are categories of courses like accounting, business administration, management, science, engineering, education, criminal justice, marketing, advertising, adult education etc. Your high school education can be done online.
However, you can get an online degree if you wish at affordable cost. There are many available choices to you. You can do an online associate degree, bachelor degree and master degree programs. There are also colleges or universities that work with you on accelerated financing.
There are diverse ways you can get your online degree. You can get through one, as quick as possible compare to attending a traditional college or university. You can also increase your online qualification in various industries. You can get a certificate that shows you finished a course work in careers like culinary arts. There are many benefits to receiving career training and can push your life ahead with this nature of online course.
It is possible for you to complete online education program from home, at work or while on vacation with no changes to your usual plan and schedule. An online career education is very crucial to your life style, if you would like to proceed or grow to the high class of qualified personality in the society or in your organization.
Finally, this can be a very significant chance for you to move to the next step of your career level and guess what, you going to earn big money. Make sure you do an in-depth research and go for approved online education to enhance your quality career.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
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Today, enrolling in healthcare programs online to earn a degree is a great option as the healthcare industry expands. New legislation is expected to enable millions of previously uninsured Americans to seek medical attention, and the nation's aging population will require more skilled care as well in upcoming years. You can't become a doctor through an online education program, but you can earn the credentials necessary to work in lower-level skilled healthcare professions.
Here are some of the options available for earning an associate's degree through healthcare programs online. These are some of the most popular programs, because they require only an associate's degree to enter the field. Once you have earned this degree, there are always additional opportunities to advance by pursuing a higher-level degree.
- Medical Assisting
- Dental Assisting
- Medical Technology
- Physical Therapy Assisting
- Pharmacy Technology
- Veterinary Technology
- Healthcare Management
- Medical Administrative Support
As you can see, whether you are interested in administrative or clinical work, healthcare programs online offer a variety of options. The curriculum offered through online education programs is comparable to, if not even better than what is offered in a traditional ground school.
Earning a degree online offers a number of advantages to students. Above all, learning online is convenient. Many lower-level healthcare workers choose to continue their education online because they can do so while maintaining a full-time job. Online coursework can be completed at any time and from any location with Internet access. Pursuing advanced degrees allows students to advance without having to sacrifice their current job and income. As stated earlier, you can't become a doctor online, but you can earn the credentials necessary to advance if you already have an education. For example, if you're a working nurse with an associate's degree, there are healthcare programs online that can help you earn a bachelor's degree which will qualify you for a better job and more money.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Online education has been touted as the new wave of education for the future. As more and more colleges and universities hop onto this virtual bandwagon, the opportunities for students increase both in terms of quality and quantity. Nowadays, it doesn't matter whether you live in a small rural community, if you are trying to complete your education while juggling a host of other responsibilities, or even if you are looking for extremely specialized niche degree programs, online education is your best bet. As the number of students who enroll for online schools and colleges grows annually, colleges step up their efforts simultaneously to deliver the best designed degree programs that come along with a host of other benefits.
Propagating the ease of 'school at home,' online education can be your best option if:
You have other responsibilities besides your education - For stay at home parents, students who are already working, business men who travel a lot, students can study anytime, anywhere, and on their own schedule. As long as you have Internet access and a computer, you can plan your studies around your other schedule. And while it does offer great amounts of flexibility, an online education program does not mean less work. You have to be committed to take out time for your research and online lectures and fit in your assignments whenever you get the free time to do so.
You cannot physically be on campus or at a particular location - Whether this is due to prohibitive travel times or budget constraint, there is no need to commute daily to school or relocate to the city of your college of choice. You can be at home, at work, or even on the road and complete your work on time.
You do not have the money to fund an expensive college education - Online degree programs are significantly cheaper than the more traditional programs offered by colleges. You can now enjoy in your own home the benefits of an education without many of the financial hardships that are often associated with attending school. In addition, you will also save on traveling and accommodation and even childcare.
You need individual attention - Most college courses have too many students attending classes to assure any real one on one interaction with the professors. Internet education offers course material that is accessible 24 hours a day and students have the ability to re-read lectures and discussion as often as they require. Online students also have more interaction with their professors as email correspondence is vital in this method of teaching. In this way, a rapport between student and teacher builds up and proves useful in determining ones strengths and weaknesses.
You need to be up to date on a diverse range of study material - Many careers today demand recruits to be exposed to a larger field of knowledge than just their specific major. Online education offers up-to-date theory along with practical knowledge. Online healthcare programs, for example, offer on site practical training at a nearby hospital or clinic along with its theory based course material. Students also get exposed to knowledge and a broader range of content due to online access and e-content. Teachers are located all around the world and offer a world view on events and discussions that are invaluable in creating a diversified approach to education.
You want to be skilled with the latest technologies - By just using the Internet to attend class, students improve their online skills. Research and communication techniques are developed along with several other skills that prove important when applying for a job in today's competitive market.
You benefit from team learning - Online graduate programs offer chat rooms and forums for students to interact with each other. Discussions, newsgroups and emails all encourage constant communication for problem solving and instruction. Instructors are also more approachable and open to online meeting and brainstorming sessions. Many online students feel that their education experience is much richer as a result.
All in all, online degree programs offer a host of benefits to interested students. And while the traditional forms of institutions will never be totally eliminated, it's easy to understand why people are terming this type of education as the next big thing.