Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Benefits of Online Learning
The invention of the personal computer, followed by the creation of the Internet, ushered in a phenomenal change in the way we live. One of the biggest impacts was on higher education. No longer are you limited by geography when it comes to pursuing higher education. With a computer and an Internet connection, you can take advantage of the benefits of online learning.
Whether you are looking to earn an undergraduate degree, master's degree or a certificate to expand an area of expertise, you will most likely find an online program to fit your needs. Some programs allow you to earn 100 percent of your degree or certificate through online course work, without ever physically stepping foot on campus. Other programs require you to come to campus for final exams or dissertations.
With online learning material is generally accessible 24 hours a day. Online programs enable you to re-read your instructor's lectures, providing an opportunity to better understand the material. You can "attend class" from anywhere with an Internet connection. According to Dr. Tom Kubala, a professor at University of Central Florida, because of the anonymity involved in online learning, students participate more in class than they might in a traditional classroom setting.
Online programs work well for people who are self-motivated and have good time management skills. If you're someone who needs more academic support and encouragement, though, you'll find that most online programs create chat groups for students. This gives you instant access to peers for homework help, study groups and friendship. Unlike traditional learning, where you have to schedule an appointment with your professor during office hours, online programs give you quicker access to your instructors through email or instant messaging.
When looking at an online program, ask if there are other fees besides tuition and how long it takes to complete the program. Inquire about the qualifications of the instructors, number of students enrolled, how many have graduated and how long the program has been in existence. You will need to know if you'll ever be required to come to campus. Know what type of hardware and software you will need and what type of academic support is available both online and over the phone.
One of the most important things to be aware of when considering an online program is whether the school is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies that oversee the quality and consistency of higher education institutions. According to Distancedegreesinfo.com, "Accreditation can mean the difference between earning a diploma that is worthy or one that is worthless." You can verify a school's accreditation by checking with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
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