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Is Online for Real?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
by Ann

online educationMany prospective students have concerns about getting an online degree. They wonder if it will hurt their career aspirations or ability to build on their education goals. In other words, they want to know if an online degree is for real.

Fear not, online programs are real, and they are offered by many big-name, fully accredited and well-known schools like DeVry University, University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Penn State and Grantham — to name a few.

The key to remember is that the schools must be fully accredited. If they are, then the degree will be as valuable as any traditional college or university degree. The truth is that the diploma you earn from an online school will be just like any other, and will not say online.

The more important questions you need to ask are:

  • Does the course delivery (CD-ROM, e-mail, Internet, etc.) fit your needs and abilities?
  • Does the school have the degree program that fits your education goals?
  • Does the school offer scholarships or discounts you may take advantage of?

If you think online may be the best fit for you, begin looking for the school that meets your needs. Schools usually have free information packets they will mail you with answers to the questions above, more on tuition costs and an application.

How to Decide Distance Learning Programme

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Students today are entering, through distance education, into a new type of university. With the advent of affordable and accessible college courses offered over the Internet, there are more opportunities than ever to complete a course or a degree program without leaving home.

  • Student Services

When you decide to enroll in a distance education program, a number of items are important in making the experience positive and meaningful. The checklist should include:

  • Access

Make sure you can access all academic and support areas through email, phone, or fax. You should be required to visit locations in person either seldom or not at all. Many students report that they are drawn to colleges with distance education programs that have few entrance requirements–or those that at least eliminate those entrance requirements aimed at traditional residential students.

  • Flexibility in Program Design.

The program should be flexible in enabling you to utilize transfer credits; in obtaining college credit for successful outcomes on national examinations such as CLEP, DANTES, etc.; in having workplace training and education assessed for college credit; and in offering a specialization within a degree program designed to build on your educational objectives. Look for a program that allows you to complete course work through a variety of distance education methodologies rather than relying on one method for the entire degree program, especially at the undergraduate level. Completing all 40 courses for a baccalaureate degree solely through your PC could be a recipe for burnout.

  • Academic Advisor.

Inquire as to whether there is someone available to work with you from start to finish-someone who can answer any questions that arise regarding the course or degree program in a timely manner and who will serve as a positive influence throughout your online education.

  • Financial Aid Assistance.

Confirm that you will have access to all applicable financial aid information regarding available programs and student eligibility, and that financial aid staff are available to help you complete and process the required paperwork. Information on loans, college scholarships, and grant programs as well as on eligibility for federal, state, and private financial aid are all important to anyone seeking financial assistance. You should be given a clear understanding of what they are required to do if granted financial aid and have a source of information if any questions arise.

  • Registration Process.

There should be clear instructions regarding the registration process, with staff available to assist you in completing this process quickly and easily from a distance. Look for programs that offer online registration and/or toll-free registration numbers rather than on-site, arena-style registration.

  • Tuition and Fees.

Clearly defined tuition and fees, as well as any other expenses you will incur, are instrumental in determining the total cost of your education. Be aware of hidden costs that many times are not reimbursed by employers who pay only tuition. There are many institutions that have dramatically increased various fees while maintaining low annual tuition rates.

  • Library, Computer, and Other Support Structures.

Check into what kind of support structure is offered to complete the required course work, such as library access, Internet sites to obtain materials, and access to textbook providers via email, phone, and fax. Make sure you know the exact computer specifications, both hardware and software, required for completion of the course work. A technical help desk should also be provided.

  • Sympathetic Faculty.

In most cases, students completing courses from a distance have professional and personal priorities that can get in front of their educational priorities. It is important, from a student standpoint, that faculty have experience mentoring students from a distance and realizing the full-time work responsibilities that many students have while engaged in such programs. Because of the demands on students, faculty may need to be flexible regarding assignment deadlines and requirements. If you’re employed full-time, seek out classes that allow you to apply your work experience to class assignments.

Tune in to e-learning

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

This concept isn’t entirely new, online education’s acceptance as a diverse and powerful tool of learning is yet to gain momentum in the country. Students, of course, have by and large heard about online degrees as an option for earning their higher education degrees, particularly in the field of management and IT. Yet, many still compare it with ‘correspondence courses’ or perceive it as some obscure distance learning programmed wherein they would be lost and confused, and ultimately not learn anything.

With a diverse group of fellow students to work and learn with, as compared to an otherwise dull classroom, learning online has a lot to offer in terms of resources, flexibility and culture. Platforms such as Blackboard, Web CT and Moodle even let students access power point lectures, chapter summaries, weekly quizzes/tests, links for additional reading resources, weekly discussion forum boards etc. Along with these tools, e-learning solutions now provide students a virtual classroom experience through live web casts enabling voice chat, discussions and query sessions with their professors.

  • Caution note

Don’t ever miss the orientation session! In an online degree programme you may never get to see your classmates or your professor face-to-face and that’s why this session becomes important for future exchange of views and interpersonal relations, and in acquainting oneself with the online learning platform, course policies and e-learning jargon.

  • Word of Advice

Online learning is often termed as flexible learning but it does not mean being flexible in discipline. Students can afford to miss a lecture (if travelling or caught up in office etc) so long as they listen to the play back recording of the live lecture (which can be downloaded on to the PC) or read the slides/chapter notes posted on whatever e-learning tool they are provided with when they get time.

Always research and read content in the links provided for additional reading. Most reputed online programmes are sure to have a good e-library as a web resource, which enables a student to search/read research articles, case studies, news reports etc published in business journals and magazines all over the world. Spend time in the e-library as you would spend time at any other library. Imagine the immense scope of sharing this knowledge on discussion forums and chats/live web casts.

  • Action plan

Follow your progress through formative assignments (each week) in the course capsules, which are usually embedded in the online learning platforms. However, these formative test marks do not add up to your official marks and are meant for self-assessment only.

Always research and read content in the links provided for additional reading. Most reputed online programmes are sure to have a good e-library as a web resource, which enables a student to search/read research articles, case studies, news reports etc published in business journals and magazines all over the world. Spend time in the e-library as you would spend time at any other library. Imagine the immense scope of sharing this knowledge on discussion forums and chats/live web casts.

Feedback and comments are posted by the professor online and if students need to clarify any issues then they can have an ‘i-meeting’ or e-meeting, which are a part of professor’s weekly office hours for discussing personal or academic issues.

The first few lectures may even seem a bit boring. But, as you gradually catch up with e-learning, break the ice with your colleagues and professors and begin to feel their virtual presence, you will discover that it is indeed an enriching learning platform. And its scope is left for you to expand.

This concept isn’t entirely new, online education’s acceptance as a diverse and powerful tool of learning is yet to gain momentum in the country. Students, of course, have by and large heard about online degrees as an option for earning their higher education degrees, particularly in the field of management and IT. Yet, many still compare it with ‘correspondence courses’ or perceive it as some obscure distance learning programmed wherein they would be lost and confused, and ultimately not learn anything.

With a diverse group of fellow students to work and learn with, as compared to an otherwise dull classroom, learning online has a lot to offer in terms of resources, flexibility and culture. Platforms such as Blackboard, Web CT and Moodle even let students access power point lectures, chapter summaries, weekly quizzes/tests, links for additional reading resources, weekly discussion forum boards etc. Along with these tools, e-learning solutions now provide students a virtual classroom experience through live web casts enabling voice chat, discussions and query sessions with their professors.

  • Caution note

Don’t ever miss the orientation session! In an online degree programme you may never get to see your classmates or your professor face-to-face and that’s why this session becomes important for future exchange of views and interpersonal relations, and in acquainting oneself with the online learning platform, course policies and e-learning jargon.

  • Word of Advice

Online learning is often termed as flexible learning but it does not mean being flexible in discipline. Students can afford to miss a lecture (if travelling or caught up in office etc) so long as they listen to the play back recording of the live lecture (which can be downloaded on to the PC) or read the slides/chapter notes posted on whatever e-learning tool they are provided with when they get time.

Always research and read content in the links provided for additional reading. Most reputed online programmes are sure to have a good e-library as a web resource, which enables a student to search/read research articles, case studies, news reports etc published in business journals and magazines all over the world. Spend time in the e-library as you would spend time at any other library. Imagine the immense scope of sharing this knowledge on discussion forums and chats/live web casts.

  • Action plan

Follow your progress through formative assignments (each week) in the course capsules, which are usually embedded in the online learning platforms. However, these formative test marks do not add up to your official marks and are meant for self-assessment only.

Always know the marking policies for the assessments, which are summative (that add up to your official final score). Since such assignments are submitted online, always confirm with the professor whether your assignments have reached him.

Feedback and comments are posted by the professor online and if students need to clarify any issues then they can have an ‘i-meeting’ or e-meeting, which are a part of professor’s weekly office hours for discussing personal or academic issues.

The first few lectures may even seem a bit boring. But, as you gradually catch up with e-learning, break the ice with your colleagues and professors and begin to feel their virtual presence, you will discover that it is indeed an enriching learning platform. And its scope is left for you to expand.




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