Online Education Programs:
To Enroll Or Not To Enroll
There is rapid growth and significant interest in online education programs both in developed and developing countries.
Online education offers advantages against which traditional education cannot compete. And these advantages include:
- affordable price
- attending online classes anytime and anywhere
- interacting with a diverse community of students from all over the country and even from all over the world
- saving time and money on driving back and forth between your home and college
- continuing to work and earn your keep while you learn.
Though online education is a great option, online degrees are not right for everyone. If you need face-to-face classes, do everything at the last minute, or learn better by listening and watching a tutor than by reading, online courses may be a bad option for you.
Online education programs are for people who are self-disciplined and whose mind easily soaks up lots of information by reading online.
If you think online schools are right for you, make sure to check out the school. The school must be accredited. Studying at unaccredited online schools is a waste of time and money.
Also, it is necessary to allocate sufficient hours for study. To get good marks, one has to spend 10-20 hours per week on the classes. A "copy-and-paste" method of reproducing the content written by others won't do. Reputable online colleges use anti-cheating software to compare student assignments to primary sources and detect plagiarism.
As studying online means interacting with your virtual class, you should be prepared to cooperate with other students electronically to prepare joint projects. If you don't want to work with your virtual class, you'll cause problems for other students.
What else is necessary for online education? Full access to computers with fast Internet connections. Dial-up or slow Internet connections and limited access to a computer can cause troubles for those who take online classes.
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