Do you think online degrees programs are useless?

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  1. Sun Pen 50 profile image61
    Sun Pen 50posted 13 years ago

    Do you think online degrees programs are useless?

    Some people think that online degree programs are scams and degrees obtained following an online degree program lacks in recognition.

  2. BobbiRant profile image61
    BobbiRantposted 13 years ago

    I have a Masters from the University of Phoenix and it got me some pretty cool jobs with decent pay.  No they are not all scams at all.  Most land colleges offer online courses these days.

  3. profile image0
    Dandraposted 13 years ago

    It needs to be obtained from a reputable institution, like the University of Holisticity

  4. Sunny Barb profile image61
    Sunny Barbposted 13 years ago

    Absolutely not.  I did my entire bachelors degree online, and it counts just as if I had been on ground.  However, you definitely want to do your research before enrolling.  Some schools are nationally accredited, others regionally.  Knowing this could be important in case you want to transfer credits

  5. White Sapphire profile image59
    White Sapphireposted 13 years ago

    Online learning isn't for everyone.  You have to devote a large amount of time to reading the material for the class as well as projects and discussion boards.  The other frustrating thing with online classes is if you have a question for your professor it might take a few e-mails to answer because you don't have the luxury of a face to face chat.  I've taken both online and in-person classes and I actually prefer the in-person ones because it tends to be a lighter workload.  Also some online courses have a lot of busywork where you read a chapter and answer questions every week and you find yourself just finding information to have something to post rather than truly learning the content.

  6. TCM Specialist profile image61
    TCM Specialistposted 13 years ago

    No way! It's an INCREDIBLE opportunity to gain knowledge and training. Knowledge = Power

  7. KatrinaKe profile image60
    KatrinaKeposted 13 years ago

    I think it depends on one's learning style - if you have a tough time with not having face-to-face contact and hands-on time with teachers, then online classes aren't the way to go. One of my undergrad programs was switched to online format after some personal issues affecting my professor's ability to come to class, and the class's overall performance has gone down. I agree, though, that if it's from a reputable institution and suits your learning style, that it can be as valuable as a "regular" degree.

  8. mishdog profile image56
    mishdogposted 13 years ago

    Course they're not useless, in fact when I did my BA (Hons) Marketing Management degree a few years ago, we did a module on online marketing. Well, I didnt care back then but I wish I did because thats what I do now - if I were you, I would take every opportunity to learn about what is still a young industry.

  9. thejeffriestube profile image60
    thejeffriestubeposted 13 years ago

    I think they are just as good if they are from an accredited institution. To coin a phrase, "I got a Hub for that....."

  10. easyfreerecipes profile image61
    easyfreerecipesposted 13 years ago

    ive often wondered this myself. i am not sure how employers look at them but it seems to me that you could definitely learn something through one. i have avoided them because i fear they don't carry much wait....

  11. PMS9 profile image63
    PMS9posted 13 years ago

    Distance learning is helpful now a days, it is best option to get more qualified. Not, all Online programs are scams, but you have to take secure decision before taking admission in institution. Make sure that the institute must be Government Recognized.

  12. profile image0
    ss_sputnikposted 13 years ago

    Yes - I spent lots of money getting my Bachelors that way. Not totally worth it.

    I've got so much farther in my work experience and successes through hard work, work values, and playing a bit out of the bounds (makes you stand out in the crowd - in a great way if done right).

  13. folorunsho80 profile image64
    folorunsho80posted 13 years ago

    Of course it's not,infact it's the most convenience means of acquiring University degree,is just that,scamers make it difficult to believe the genuine University rendering it online.So, the obtain from an accredited University are recognized throughout the world.

  14. ahsn_foreclosure profile image59
    ahsn_foreclosureposted 13 years ago

    i think some programs are fantastic. you have to really weigh why people want to go this route and see what advantages they offer. if you look for high quality programs though you can get a good education in the convenience of your own home. the university of phoenix, national american university, etc are some that i hear have done very well.

    i now hear they are offering some high school courses online as well for students that cannot cope with the normal high school atmosphere due to situational factors (bullying, depression, etc). i think that's a great program.

  15. rajanrayhan profile image31
    rajanrayhanposted 13 years ago

    It depends on the institution from where you earned your degree online.

  16. craftybegonia profile image60
    craftybegoniaposted 13 years ago

    I wouldn't think they are useless if the school is accredited and if a good job would be waiting for you at the end of your diploma. . .THAT would be the main thing.

  17. Brinafr3sh profile image80
    Brinafr3shposted 13 years ago

    No not at all, I think online degrees are useful. Because when learning and studying, there are no class distractions. And chances are you can obtain an "A" average if you stay self motivated.

  18. channy1969 profile image61
    channy1969posted 13 years ago

    I am about to start taking classes from Ashford University. This college has an online program. I think that as long as it is accredited school your okay. Just need to be careful. You do the same amount of work as a normal class. So no matter what anyone says, you still earned that degree.

  19. vinnielee2010 profile image60
    vinnielee2010posted 13 years ago

    I could not do the Phionx online they told me it would only be a few hours But that was for a OK typer not a hunt and pecker
    so 700 to 1000 words took me a lot longer than I wanted to spend for a daily discussion board
    But to though that like it go for it most school credits transfer
    I would even say I would look at online better than community colledge

  20. jalawa03 profile image60
    jalawa03posted 13 years ago

    I think it depends on the area of study. In the medical field, online degrees are considered a joke. I can vividly remember a discussion at my former job that was making a mockery of online degrees.

  21. sophia jia profile image58
    sophia jiaposted 13 years ago

    whether it is useful or not, it is up to you. Do you apply knowledge online into practices, or whether it is useful to your life, work and so on.

  22. rishisab profile image59
    rishisabposted 13 years ago

    They are useless if you want to acquire practical knowledge. 

    And no, all of them are not spams. Some of them are useful if you just want a degree.

  23. ThelmaC profile image93
    ThelmaCposted 13 years ago

    They are great for people that live in rural areas and don't have access to a university.

  24. SD Dickens profile image68
    SD Dickensposted 13 years ago

    It's not useless if you get it from an accredited University.  I got an MBA from Colorado State at a distance.  I interacted with my classmates and teacher over the Internet.  It's the same degree the students on-site received.

  25. moonfairy profile image73
    moonfairyposted 13 years ago

    absolutely not! I just earned a diploma from the "Institute for Children's Literature" and what I got out of it was amazing....not a scam in the least bit....and worth every second of tearing my hair out smile

  26. sophieadams profile image61
    sophieadamsposted 13 years ago

    I do not think online degrees are useless if they are accredited by a recognized accrediting body like The Higher Learning Commission. If they are not then they are useless.

  27. profile image51
    paultaylor825posted 13 years ago

    That is a very broad generalization; there are some very reputed, lucrative and legitimate distance learning programs ( ) out there. You need to do a lot of research on the college and the degree, of course, to make sure that you don’t waste your time, money and effort on something that won’t be recognized. Since so many people have to work while they pursue an education, and so many others have responsibilities of home and family to juggle, a majority of employers understand that an online program is the only recourse. It also depends on whether you can motivate yourself to study outside of a classroom environment.

  28. nancyme profile image61
    nancymeposted 12 years ago

    Yes, there are some scams but not all online degree programs are scams. Online degree programs are quite convenient and flexible. I know a friend who got an online degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and is working in one of the finest hospital in the country. Online degrees from accredited institutions are worth all the time and money you spend. Research well before you enroll for one. … -sciences/

  29. shiloh01 profile image59
    shiloh01posted 12 years ago

    Of course not! As online education helps in providing education at your ease. One can continue studies even without attending classes. Rather online education has opened doors of opportunity for those who had to dropout from colleges for various reasons. Here you can learn how important online education is!

  30. chiquitabiddle profile image60
    chiquitabiddleposted 12 years ago

    Anything that can help with personal advancement is useful not useless. If one decides to receive an online degree one most still promote and market him or her self when looking for work.

  31. breathing profile image49
    breathingposted 12 years ago

    No, I don't think so. If you did that properly and if you have the ability then your degrees help you to get better job and success.

  32. cooldad profile image60
    cooldadposted 12 years ago

    I took some classes for an MBA program with the University of Phoenix back in the late 90's.  The few classes I took were a joke and I am far from a genius.  But, I'm guessing things have changed since then.  I remember most employers didn't give too much credence to employees with online degrees, but now I think that has also changed.

  33. nakhit_x profile image61
    nakhit_xposted 12 years ago

    no my wife has an online degree
    and im doing mine on line as well
    iv never even heard of one being a scam
    so just check the school make sure its real
    and an official sight
    and hopefuly your not a fool
    go for it
    good luck

  34. JT Walters profile image72
    JT Waltersposted 12 years ago

    Yes, absolutely.  Online degrees don't offer the opportunity for field experience or to teach courses or to conduct supervised research.

  35. Jonesy0311 profile image60
    Jonesy0311posted 12 years ago

    It is absolutely and completely dependent on the school and its accreditation. I received a competitive education from a regionally-accredited online university. My advice, check the Department of Education Website and don't rely totally on recruiters and admissions counselors. Also, find out if the school is recognized for federal government employment. All I'm saying is that friends my age are working in factories and I'm playing on Hubpages on a weekday and still paying my mortgage.

  36. profile image0
    SmarttChickposted 12 years ago

    They can be OK. Penn State, UMUC and other traditional institutions of higher educatino offer online educational programs but other schools - known to be chop-shops of higher education - will offer an accredited college experience but when competing in the market place for a job against people with a traditional degree, you will find that often you are on the short end of the stick due to the reputation of the chop shops.

    If you have good work experience and a solid resume, a UoP degree may not hurt, but if you're trying to break in somewhere, it can be a hindrance.

    Buyer beware...

  37. Man from Modesto profile image79
    Man from Modestoposted 10 years ago

    Online degree programs produce superior workers.

    That's right. I said SUPERIOR.

    A site called nosignificantdifference lists more than 300 studies showing that distance learning actually produces a student who performs as good as, or slightly better than, a traditional campus learner.

    Check out this 2012 study on SCIENCE course with lab, online vs. campus:

    The online students received lower grades for the early tract courses. But, when transferred to a 4-year college, and sat side by side with the campus students- they outperform in grades, AND complete more credit hours per semester. … t-Material

    You should see my review of Ashford University: … ity-Review

  38. Jason Matthews profile image82
    Jason Matthewsposted 10 years ago

    No, in general, I do not thing they are useless. However, I think that the quality of online programs can vary greatly. I am in an online program right now and I think it is quite beneficial. I believe it just depends on the type of program. You cannot judge all by one.


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