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Advantages of getting online degree against formal schooling

Updated on December 6, 2009

Advantages of getting online degree against formal schooling

With the onset of Internet technology it brought so much ease to the present generation. For those who don’t have the capability to attend formal school, the introduction of online education helped many people to improve themselves. There are so much things we can do now at the convenience of your home or wherever you are. Getting an online education is the trend nowadays too.

Online education has been proven to be good and it is best for those who have physical disabilities, busy working people, soldiers which are away from their country or home, and stay at home mom, and for those who have endless thirst for knowledge but don’t have the capability to attend formal school. To put it “There is fundamentally little difference between physically sitting in an auditorium listening to lectures versus watching a webcasted video of the professor“.

It had been proven too that for those employers who has employees who have online education performs well at work.

The wikipedia defines “online degrees” as college degrees (sometimes including high school diplomas and non-degree certificate programs) that can be earned primarily or entirely through the use of an Internet-connected computer, rather than attending college in a traditional campus setting. Improvements in technology and the increasing use of the Internet worldwide have led to a proliferation of online that award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Advantages of getting an online education

  • Convenience : Now in the world in which we live in, we become very busy and as if we don’t have enough time to do everything we need to do. It is really an advantage if you can still learn in the middle of the night, when you wake up or after office hours when you are working. Sometimes we have our peak hours and if we are enrolled in an online education you can study whatever time is the most convenient for you. It doesn’t get in the way of your other schedule too because it is you who will decide on the time you are going to learn.
  • You have the option to work while studying and do other worthwhile activities.. It expands your time because you can actually study even in the wee hours. It gives you option to do other major things in life.
  • Sometimes you are not in the mood to learn and this is normal, and attendance in a formal schooling will not get you in the way.
  • You have the option to choose which physical environment you are in when you study. It has been proven that whole studying sometimes you need music or some other media to make you more inspired to learn.
  • You enjoy the nearness of your loved ones all the time without having a hectic schedule. You can still be with your children if you are stay at home mom.
  • Online education instills discipline among its students. It has been known that in order for you to succeed getting a degree online you need to have discipline.
  • In terms of financial aid the US government, students can avail of it now, unlike before 2006. I don’t have data about this in other countries.

One point to ponder here is that: is the interaction among other same students; will it affect learning or not? In terms of sharing and input of some other students, does this help the students. Does the overall advantage outweighs the negative effect?

What do you need to do when you decide to have online education:

  • Decide which course or specialization you will pursue whether this is best for online education or you need to go to a formal school (medicine versus accountancy for example).
  • Check if the site has accreditation
  • Have time to really study
  • Follow the scheduled readings and the modules to be used
  • Communicate with your teacher online often and to your other classmates as well through email so that you can have a good take whether you are on the right track or you are catching up well
  • Dedication is also needed

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    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks, maita

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      opismedia 

      8 years ago

      Just read your hub, and i must say that on-line courses are a really great innovation for those who already have a job and can't find the time to attend to usual courses. Thanks for your post.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      tamilanhub, youre right, ther eis nothing like classroom intearcation as well and the nice camaraderie between actual classmates, thank you, Maita

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      Vincent Ukkra 

      8 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Online education lacks the fellowship you will have with fellow university/college mates...

      the fond memories of working, studying and playing with them...

      These are lifetime memories and fellowship you cherish all your lifetime

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi hubby, how are you, nice youre back, thank you, Happy New Year to you and yours, Congrats by the way for your degree too, MTC< aita

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      hubby7 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent hub regarding online education. I got my Masters in Distance Education that way from the University of Phoenix!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Habee, got this one now, thanks for the read, and I might say that it is really great, plus you can have convenience too, Maita

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      *sigh* I wish I can get an online education but the online education in the U. S. is not available here. I think right now, we only have UP Open University here :(.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      My original comment isn't showing up, so I'll post again. My daughter is earning her degree this way, and she loves it! It's really great for people with full time jobs. Wonderful hub!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Gh, thnaks for the read, congrats for the five articles you did under education, thats great job, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Gh, thnaks for the read, congrats for the five articles you did under education, thats great job, Maita

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great job Maita... I read this before I cannot recall if I made a post in this hub, well I just posted...

      Online learning definitely have some great advantages...

      :D

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi LRobbins, yes I agree with you, accessibility is the key too, congrats for your degree, smart woman, thanks for the read, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Money Glitch, smart woman and you have a great choice, congrats for finishing your degree, and thanks for the read, maita

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      Laurel 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Great hub! I did my Master's degree online which was very convenient although I really did miss the human interaction. Having said that, I do think online degrees make education more accessible to more people as you've pointed out.

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great Hub, Maita! I finished my BS degree and completed my MBA online. The accounting field is known for its long and unusual work schedules with many weeks entailing a 60 hour work week. If it were not for having the online schooling option, chances are I would not have complete either degree.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      yes kerry, Go Lions, happy weekend! Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      yes, at least we have the option to choose taking into consideration time too, thanks Rev for the read, maita

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I think it is so great to at least have an online option. Too bad it was not available during my college days. You provided some really great reasons for pursuing online courses. I trust many will take advantage of it.

      Love and hugs,

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Thanks Maita, the LIONS can use all the help they can get....looking forward to that coffee someday! :) K.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      I will root for Lions tomorrow, no snow here today, but it is cold, hmmmm, will share brewed coffe with you one day, maita

    • K Partin profile image

      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Going good how about you?? K.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Kerry, you are the first to read this hub, how is it going there, Maita

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Online degrees are certainly the trend nowadays. Although I prefer the traditional approach, you made some great points on the benefits of an online-education, especially for those who are disabled or who lack transportation. Great job, Maita! Thanks for sharing this!

      P.S. I'm sending you a cup of coffee for your hard work ;)

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Seems allot of colleges are going to online degrees, I know a few people who have done so in less time too. Very informative Maita. Thanks K.

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