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Do you think an online education should be just as credible as a brick and mortar school education?
Well I certainly hope so, yet there is a perception that an online degree may be less valid than one from a bricks and mortor institute (it is thought you don't have to work as hard). Consider, thought that the vast majority of schools are offering courses, certificates and degrees online (even Harvard). I got my Masters online from an accredited Canadian University with a worldwide reputation in my field. I worked very hard at my courses and learned a lot. What is happening is that online education is big business. There are "for profit schools" out there such as "Phoenix" and Jones, and you should do your homework before you enrol in these schools.
I went to a brick and mortar institution and I would say that I definitely have the perception that the online 'for profit schools' are easier and less credible than traditional schools - not saying its true, but that's my perception. However, I would say that online programs that traditional brick and mortar schools offer seem just as credible as taking courses on campus.
No, mostly because professors and other mentors are readily available for on-site students. And that can have a huge impact on the learning process. Further, long-distance learning is just as expensive as on-site (based on tuition costs per hour taken). So if the on-site option is available students would be wise to use it.
Students who live in remote areas, or require a specific class not available locally, now have an excellent resource in long-distance learning, however.
Another problem is a student's self-discipline. Students who are not self-starters usually squander long-distance learning opportunities. Many students use long-distance learning as a supplement to the degree they received at an on-site institution. In this way they can stay current with new technology, etc., at their leisure.
There are some some valid online educational opportunities. You just have to do your research first.
Many of the ones you see advertised all the time, especially the trades related ones, are little more than diploma mills. If you do a little research you will find most are not accredited in any way! Most also have a dismal track record of job placement for their graduates.
There are some good opportunities out there. Just do a little research before jumping in.
As in any new situation, there are the good, the bad and the ugly - aka black hat types. We have two daughters in our family that have attended online high school and it has been a fantastic experience.
The school they attend is the online side of an accredited brick and mortar traditional school. The online side is also accredited and shows up on all SAT or College board sites as a real accredited high school.
Let me tell you it is much MORE than that. The course work is intensive, the teachers are attentive with each student getting as much one on one time as they want or need. The systems to protect against cheating are something traditional schools should adopt and the social interaction in online clubs, and real face to face get togethers is energizing and amazing.
Is it popular? Look at these numbers.
Two years ago at graduation there were 200 students.
Last year at graduation there were over 400 students.
This year for graduation it is predicted there will be 4000 students.
Not only should this online education be considered credible, it already is, and deserves to be.
So if an online education course is properly accredited or working toward that accreditation I believe parents, students and employers should be happy to see these institutions in action.
One of my daughters graduated and is entering university.
The other daughter is a senior and an official candidate for entry into the U.S.Naval academy. How is that for credibility!
That depends upon the individual quality of the school(s) in question, the type of program resources offered, cost to attend, and what one is looking for in their education. If you are a 21 year old student who wants to socialize and gain access to parties while obtaining an education then Brick and Mortar maybe the way to go. However, for non-traditional students online education can be a wonderful educational experience that can also lead to job advancement or entry into a new career.
I began my educational journer via a well respected college and I have seen various programs at other B & M institutions. I now attend an online University. I can tell you first hand the quality of education for the majors I chose are on par with, and often times even better than the education and training offered at well respected and high tier institutions. The University I attend should be considered on par with traditional University educational formats and learning modalities.
Where I attend we have access to: live chats, phone calls, video lectures, podcasts, online aysnchrnous discussion forums, a massive online library, a writing center, a tutorial center, a career services center and 24 hour access to our classes.
The live chat feature is to speak to both students and the professors. The discussion forum requires significant reading peer reviewed literature and textbooks to support a quality, graded classroom discussion.
Now would I want a surgeon to operate on me with only a "virtual" understanding of the surgery? Of course not.
It shouldn't be at least ideally! I think nationally accredited courses should be given with equal weight as other regular courses.
While that’s certainly desirable, it cannot be an all-encompassing rule. There have to be some checks to prevent the growth of diploma mills that sell fake degrees in the garb of online education. Having said that, distance learning courses from recognized and respected accrediting bodies should be treated at par with on-campus programs.
Indeed yes! Sometimes online education is much better than the traditional learning. See here why, http://www.elearners.com/
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