Tips to understanding the ABC's of online colleges
The world of education has been revolutionized. E-learning is a
world where by using simple computing skills and having an
Internet connection one can earn a bachelors, masters, or
doctorate degree. Nothing is impossible.
Young or old, whether you live in a rural environment or urban,
online learning is for all. A person can further their
education, train to enhance their skills, continue professional
education, or take a course for the love of it.
A large number of reputed universities offer online courses
which can be completed from home, a library, or workplace. The
courses are multi-disciplinary and interactive with discussion
boards, chat rooms, personal tutors, as well as course study
Self-paced, a student decides when to learn, how to learn, when
to be assessed. A wealth of resources offered by the World Wide
Web makes learning easy. From the PC one can access books,
journals, and thesis, new as well as old in the many online
libraries. These are open 24/7 and students can complete their
reference work at leisure. Being electronic these libraries
offer facilities like automatic generation of bibliography and
Find out more about the wonderful world of online colleges by
using the World Wide Web. Thousands of articles as well as sites
offer advice as well as information on programs and links to
* WorldWideLearn at http://www.worldwidelearn.com/ is a
directory with information, articles on online learning,
different search engines to facilitate search by subject,
location, school identity and so on. It offers information in
408 subject areas offered by schools and colleges both online
and at 516 locations in the United States and Canada. * Online
Education.Info at http://www.online-education.info/ lists
various degree and certificate programs, popular institutions,
as well as colleges by state.
* OnlineCareers.com at http://www.onlinecareers.com/ is devoted
to career change, development, and skill enhancement.
* eLearners.com at http://www.elearners.com/, features 84
accredited online colleges and universities.
* 2005 Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid Page at
information presented by the American Educational Guidance
Center. It gives information on and links to accredited online
degree colleges as well as universities. Contains valuable
information on preparation for qualifying exams as well as
financial aid and scholarships.
* Search for Colleges Network at
http://www.searchforcolleges.net/ is a directory of
post-secondary educational resources, schools, colleges, and
universities that offer undergraduate online degrees.
* The Education Department at
http://www.educationdepartment.org/ is an US Education
Department Website featuring several learning options, an
Online courses need:
* User comfort with a text based environment. A large fraction
of study material is visual.
* A basic knowledge of computers, Internet, and e-mail.
* Synchronization of interaction between student and teacher or
mentor. A deep understanding between the two fosters higher
* A thirst for learning and the discipline that comes with it.
It needs to be a quest for excellence.
* Commitment as far as time and effort are concerned. At the
minimum a student needs three hours of study for every three
hours spent in class. A three-unit course needs 12 hours of
study per week. The benefit is that these hours can be fulfilled
at the convenience of the student.
To be successful a student must:
* Set goals.
* Establish and maintain a regular study/learning schedule.
* Share the experience with others. Have a study partner or
group or have a mentor.
* Optimize personal learning style. Learn hands on.
* Don't be afraid to ask questions.
* Set rewards for even small achievements.
Check accreditation as well as credibility. Even online
education has a downside. Protect yourself from being duped.
Realize your dreams educate yourself without constrains.