Online Degrees Increasingly More Acceptable
The success of online education has grown significantly and
receiving a degree via the Internet has becoming increasingly
more acceptable. Once an idea that was regarded as highly
unusual has come to the forefront of education. Most major
colleges have an established online program in place that is
easily accessible and carries a variety of accredited degrees.
According to last year's Sloan Survey of Online Learning there
was a 22.9% overall increase in the number of students taking
one or more online courses, growing from 1.60 to 1.98 million
students. The overall percent of schools identifying online
education as a critical long-term strategy grew from 49% in 2003
to 56% in 2005.
This shift from teacher-centered learning to student-centered
learning has provided a world of educational opportunities.
Adult students can now enroll in a learning center that once was
too far or whose schedules did not allow for on-site schooling.
The current online technology can provide an effective,
personalized education for non-traditional students around the
world. Online courses offer the opportunity to customize the
learning experience to best meet personal and educational needs
in the most flexible way possible. A person can change their
life with the benefits of online learning.
Although the rewards are easily recognizable there are some
aspects that should be explored. The online student in many
cases is coach, teacher and pupil at the same time. The student
must be self-motivated, disciplined and able to multi-task every
day life, family and work responsibilities with coursework,
homework and exams.
Common sense must be applied before joining any online degree
program. The Council of Higher Education Accreditation warns
about diploma- and accreditation mills that offer certificates
and degrees that are considered completely bogus. Contact the
organization to find out what is really legitimate and confirm
the quality of the online training courses. Those institutions
who went through the process and are approved will always have
their program's accreditation status visibly posted on their Web
site and online course catalogs.