Online Degrees – Distance Education At Its Best

The ability to research college programs online will allow the potential student to compare schools, programs, costs and the most important of all, acceptance requirements for the program. Finding degree programs online is as easy as 1,2,3. With the world of education online, it is a matter of mouse clicks and page scrolls to find a degree or a program or a school. All aspects of education can be performed online from a campus tour to filling out your graduation paperwork and accepting your degree.

Aside from individual schools being online there are many portals online that serve as educational search engines. These portals allow the student to search their vast database and choose the school and program right for them. Search options can be filtered by school, geographic location, degree or course of study. It also allows the student to compare the offerings of each and choose the one that fits them best.

Some portals will only include accredited schools while others will indicate which are accredited and which are not. Finding accredited schools is imperative if the students want a degree that is recognized in their industry. Diploma mills will sell anyone a diploma for a price that rewards them for “life experience.” Those degrees are not recognized by the industry nor are they acceptable for transfer credits to other schools. Do not be taken in with the advertisements that claim a college degree can be earned with no to little work.

Another option that can be found online is the educational portals that show you how to compare and choose the right school for you. They will take you through a series of questions to ask yourself about your college education and then analyze your answers to fine tune short list the schools to choose to from. They will also show you where and how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. An important part of the application process is usually an essay describing yourself and why a particular school should admit you to their ranks. These portals will give you the proper buzz words to use throughout your essay, maximizing your chance of acceptance.

Online education is a wonderful thing. It has made education possible for people that might not have the opportunity to go to school or further their education. It is opening doors that might forever be closed for some and bringing education worldwide as the Internet has all but obliterated geographic boundaries.

Open Education – How to Think About Your Online Community’s Purpose

Useful metaphors for creating a vision of your online education portal:

1. An InstructorNet Mall of available resources for instructors to meet their needs.

2. A Google “Knowledge Map” of available content that’s searchable, zoomable, and subscribeable through RSS so the network alerts you for items meeting your interests instead of waiting for you to craft a search every time you feel a conscious need.

3. The Amazon/eBay “smart network” that automates the search and recommend function based on stated interests AND by remembering searches and paths

4. Customer Service center for instructors seeking help

5. Tour guides/Marketing Aide to demonstrate “How to use these resources”

6. Magazine model of info mgt/distribution: a targeted demographic, whose readers shape the course of the magazine/tools (Dear Readers! We listened to you!) Lean 6 Sigma (LSS) techniques have a way of accomplishing this, and a partnership with an LSS project seems like a natural one

Other work to be done:

1. Considering how we encourage/reward professional writing like lesson notes, course content, blog/wiki work that contributes to the practice of knowledge, in the same way we have tied promotion and retention to academic writing.

2. A faculty Development Program that incorporates more ideas related to “Master Classes in graduate teaching” on a regular basis. Some ideas include: a. Group learning vs Team-Based learning. b. RSS in the classroom (and blogs and wikis and podcasts…oh my) c. Live dialogue mapping skills to frame group discussions better (Google “Compendium” for demonstrations) d. How about giving Voice to faculty to let them nominate classes they want to receive, or challenges they face, and target the top vote getters?

3. An instructorNet Mall should have a “store” that has searchable index of available, recorded Faculty Development Programs with quick summaries of what’s available for the individual instructor looking to sharpen his practice.

I hope these ideas generate some quality ideas in your situation.

Internet Changing the Way We Educate Ourselves

Internet has revolutionized the way we think, learn and work today. It is a platform that encompasses information related to each and every subject- be it science, history or general knowledge. Notable impact of internet in education industry is being witnessed in the form of online degrees.

As a result of the advent of technology and ease of access to internet facility, online education is taking the world by the storm and is providing an ideal means to make quality education available to working professionals, students, senior citizens and others. Imparting or gaining education has become easier as well as interesting with the use of Internet. A number of colleges and universities offer a variety of online executive programs that are specifically designed to meet the requirements of professionals. Online education portals give details about the courses offered by some of the top and most reputed institutes of the country. For instance, people all over prefer earning an Online MBA in order to learn the nuances in their field, and thus improve their skills. It helps them increase their level of productivity and add more value to their respective companies. As working professionals find it difficult to attend regular education programs owing to their demanding job schedules, they prefer earning a degree online for getting better career opportunities and improving their qualifications.

Instant communication is the foremost advantage that internet education offers. E-learning allows students and teachers, sitting at distant places, to communicate and exchange information without much effort. Facilities like emails, instant messages, messengers, online chat options etc. have made possible a hassle-free and instant communication between two or more persons at the same time.

Though quality of education is almost same in both the online and in-campus learning programs, cost incurred in online executive programs is much less as compared to that of traditional ways of education. Books and other material can be easily downloaded from the internet free of cost or at negligible rates. Internet also facilitates the broadcasting of educational events, lectures and educational channels on the web. Since information is shared through internet only, students are not required to sit in the classrooms. Information shared via internet is available 24*7. Online libraries are becoming more and more popular as these are easier and convenient to access than visiting a brick-and-mortar library.

Internet, today, has become an indispensable element of learning environment. We find that the importance of Internet in today’s education industry cannot be denied. Internet has eased out the process with which one can choose an apt course for oneself because of presence of numerous online education consultants. Though Internet cannot replace books or traditional education method, but it is the best alternative for those who cannot attend regular courses.