What is the value in doing an online degree or course?
Do these courses, really enhance your skills and job worthiness? Especially a course post your Bachelors degree. Which are some recommended & valuable online universities in US?
1. You can study online and work at the same time. Online studies allow for flexibility.
2. Aside from content, you will learn you will gain valuable experience in using tools of the knowledge based economy that are already used in the workplace (online studies are not just about email and forums. You find yourself participating in video and audio conferences, and collaborative projects with people who are on the other end of the continent or the globe).
3. The practice you get in posting online will improve your writing skills for web and web 2.0 environments.
4. HOWEVER..do check out the reputation of the school. Some are accredited institutions and have excellent reputations. The 'for profit' institutions are all over the map, though and may promise more than they deliver.
The typical student in an online college is a non-traditional student, unable to attend an in-seat institution, juggling multiple responsibilities including a family and a job. If you are looking to change fields and need additional education in your new field, but can't make it to a brick and mortar college, then online has significant value for you.
An online degree should be taken as seriously as a degree from a regular brick and mortar college. With many people turning to online programs to further their education, employers are also gradually accepting online programs, but only if they come from an acclaimed and accredited college that has received accreditation from a recognized accrediting body. There are several non-accredited colleges which you should be aware of. They dole out degrees too, but these degrees have little value in the job market. Online degrees offer immense flexibility to people pursuing them – it allows them to set their own pace of study so they can manage work/family life and studies. I've been looking at online programs offered by Stevens-Henager. These are in healthcare, business, IT, and graphic arts. I googled Stevens-Henager College complaints and found that they received an A rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). BBB is a third party, unbiased review so you should check out any college you eventually choose on their website to make sure you won't face problems later on. Better to be safe than sorry!
See: http://youblisher.com/p/289365-Stevens- … ng-careers
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