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Getting a college degree using 100% online learning

  1. globaltechsource profile image62
    globaltechsourceposted 8 years ago

    What do you think of getting a college degree with all classes using internet based 100% online learning?

    Going back to college for mid career professionals or pursuing a degree just right after high school needs a commitment of time, energy and resources. What are your thoughts on getting a degree or certification which offer 100% of their classes online? What are the pros and cons of having a real live classroom versus an internet based virtual learning environment? Fifty to a 100 years from now will we still have universities with real live classes being offered? What do you find more effective as a student- online based learning or actual live classroom based learning?

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      C.J. Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think right now for career minded, working adults the online route is a good way to get your degree.  Especially if simply getting that piece of paper will further your career. However with the way most are set up today, I don't think its a good way to pursue post secondary education as a new student.

  2. thranax profile image50
    thranaxposted 8 years ago

    I think its a great idea, your employers probably don't.


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    zampanoposted 8 years ago

    The human aspect is very, very important.
    I've had teachers who were strong dominating personalities that had the talent to leave us students breathless during a class, so marvellous were the things they unveiled from obscurity to daylight in front of our fascinated eyes.
    But we were impressionable kids and those ways of teaching worked perfectly with us.
    Impressionable kids are rare nowdays.

    I think e-learning can work fine for adults or university students.
    Several experiments have been done in France.
    Actually there are some degrees working that way
    I work at a school where courses are videoed and broadcast to students on demand.
    And you apply for exams and eventually get your diploma.
    Tryied to add some urls, but all I got were french e-learning sites.
    Actually I have a work colleague who spends an hour or so on the web learning to apply for a higher grade. And this is absolutely legal.

  4. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 8 years ago

    on-line learning needs disicpline, I taught before in an online setting but I required my students to meet me once a month, I noticed that they are more patient and more consistent comparing to the other students of mine in a classroom setting.

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    That's the way I want to go when I can 100% online because I have done the in classroom thing and so over it lol. I think it depends on the people learning..some can do online and some can only do in classroom big_smile

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    TMinutposted 8 years ago

    Just this morning I was reading about online exams not being proctored, simply taken online. Someone could use notes or even have someone else take the test for them! It's hard to see getting a legitimate degree that way. With proctored exams, it would be wonderful. Long, long ago I took telecourses and only had to go in for exams after coursework was submitted and returned. Just be sure to check the accreditation of the school you plan to "attend".

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    Scott.Lifeposted 8 years ago

    While it is certainly possible, thousands do it every year, your degree choices will be severely limited and there is a growing backlash from businesses and employers concerning online degrees and accreditation. Phoenix Online is once again embroiled in a huge scandal and legal battle with the Fed concerning fraud and unethical practices.

    Online classes are certainly appealing to many today, but the success rates are still not high in regards to those finishing their entire course. It takes alot of discipline and dedication to keep focused on your classes when there's no one to remind you or push you but yourself. Many traditional universities are offering online courses to supplement regular classes, but bear in mind that many employers especially today are not wanting just a degree but hands on experience. Several local hospitals have come together to ban online nursing degrees from their facilities, as these recipients are not receiving the hands on experience traditional students do.

    Just be careful to research the career field ahead of time and check with potential employers about accepting your online degree. Waiting until after graduation to see how viable your new degree is will not cut it.

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      C.J. Wrightposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      And a more thorough answer above....

  8. Miss Belgravia profile image76
    Miss Belgraviaposted 8 years ago

    Many of these online degree programs are scams. You should thoroughly investigate the provider before spending any of your money or time on these programs. There are some very sad stories of people getting a four-year "degree" from one of these so-called universities, and finding that the degree is worthless. Be particularly careful before taking out any student loans or other financing to pay for these programs. Check with your state Attorney General's office to see if any complaints have been filed, talk to graduates and see if they have actually been able to get jobs after they completed the program, and talk to your employer and/or potential employers about how they view the program before you part with your money. Many of these programs charge as much or more than a traditional college, and you miss out on the personal interaction with faculty and other students that adds depth to your educational experience.

  9. TINA V profile image76
    TINA Vposted 8 years ago

    Online degrees are already acceptable in the employment industry.  There are a lot of Colleges and Universities that offer different courses.  For example, Kaplan and University of Phoenix are offering online programs.  You can visit their websites and asks for additional information.  Goodluck!

  10. aroberts profile image68
    arobertsposted 8 years ago

    Thanks, but I've already got one.

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    jimwilliams1posted 6 years ago

    I think both online and classroom-based study have their share of advantages and disadvantages. While one offers great flexibility, the other provides deeper level of interaction that’s such an important part of learning.

    The way things are going, more and more schools will make use of technology to impart education in the coming years. Hybrid or blended courses, that combine the best of online learning and classroom instruction, have already become quite common in universities. 100% online degrees are also catching up as far as acceptance from the professional and academic world is concerned. That is why so many brick and mortar schools are now offering fully online programs!

  12. diseasessymptoms profile image58
    diseasessymptomsposted 6 years ago

    Studying online may give others great advantages but it also entails disadvantages too. I think if ever you think about studying online, you should weigh things first. Think of the pros and cons of this decision.

  13. kschimmel profile image47
    kschimmelposted 6 years ago

    I got my MLS completely online.  The quality of the classes often depends upon how well trained the faculty are at using online tools like Blackboard.  The head of distance learning at my school was also on the library science faculty, so my instructors were pretty good.  Some even used tools to allow verbal discussions in real time for students who wished it. 

    If I had to drive to campus for classes, my MLS would still be just a dream.