You are a busy person. You work forty hours a week and care for your family as well. You might be feeling like you are stuck earning minimum wage in a job that is going nowhere.
The good news is that even though you are a busy person, you can still earn a degree in a career field that you will love. You do not have to move to go to a prestigious institution across the country either. Due to the internet, online schooling has made higher education more attainable than ever before. You can attend classes anywhere in the world, at any time, via the internet.
When distance learning first came about, very few financial institutions would advance the funding needed to pay for online courses. That has changed now though. FAFSA, as well as other institutions that lend money for education, now recognize many online higher education facilities and will help fund your tuition. With many financial aid packages, you do not have to start paying back loans until your degree is earned, or you are no longer attending school. This means that you have an opportunity to seek out a position and get well established before having to worry about making payments.
Today, there are at least twenty percent of students worldwide that are taking courses online. Every year this number grows as students are entering the work force and needing to have flexibility of attending courses as their schedule allows. According to the U.S. News and World Report in 1999, the number of schools that are accredited and offer two to four year degrees leaped by about one-hundred-twenty-seven percent over a five year period. Even Harvard and Stanford offer some type of online distance learning programs.
Are online courses as good as traditional campus courses? Some online courses are more rigorous than those offered at a campus. It is believed that the instructors of online courses create a curriculum that is tougher than those of traditional instruction. The online instructors also give students fewer “breaks” because students tend to give excuses as to why work is not turned in, and there is almost no way for an online instructor to verify the excuse. This leads students to be more aware of deadlines and take accountability for their actions because an instructor will not give any leeway.
More than once the subject has come up with regards to a students need for the classroom interaction. Many online instructors have devised “discussion boards” or “live chats” to allow students a chance to interact with each other. For some people that are normally shy and fear talking in front of groups, this is an excellent opportunity to “speak up” and receive “feedback”. Many instructors make participating in these discussions and chats mandatory, and participation factors into the student’s overall course grade.
Only you can answer the question of whether or not distance online learning is for you. Take into account your personality type, your motivation, and where you want to go with your career in order to make a decision. Do your research and talk with people that have taken courses online. Talk to the recruiters from the online institutions and choose the one that best suits your needs.