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The 101 Course for Online Learning

May 14, 2008
Traditionally, going to college meant packing your bags, buying a pile of books and getting yourself to class on time, but online colleges have broadened the opportunities for earning a diploma.

With online courses, geographical boundaries are no longer an issue. As long as you have access to the internet, it doesn't matter whether you live in a podunk little town or a blooming metropolis. In fact, online learning has become so popular that some colleges only exist as online entities. Additionally, many well-known traditional "brick and mortar" schools have started offering courses and degrees online.

Online courses come with many benefits, but there may be some challenges to overcome as well. The most appealing benefit of earning a degree online is the flexibility that students enjoy. For example, students can complete coursework in comfortable home environments, move through the material at their own pace and do assignments or tests at the most convenient time. If children, jobs or friends have emergencies, online classes make it easy to accommodate their needs. And there is no parking to worry about and no rushing to get to class on time.

On the other hand, online learning requires a lot more independence and self-discipline. Setting your own schedule and being your own boss means that there are less check-points to endure that you are doing enough work in time. This isn't a problem for some students, but others run into trouble by procrastinating assignments until it is too late to get caught up.

And finally, some online classes provide little or no interaction with other students and professors. This isn't always the case because video lectures, chat rooms, phone calls and email can help connect distance learners with peers and professors, but learning on your own certainly isn't the same social experience you would find on a college campus.

Some people worry that employers or other universities won't honor the validity of an online degree. However, as long as you have taken courses through online accredited colleges your degree is as valid as any degree that you would have earned it in a classroom on campus. Just to ensure that you don't run into any prejudice though, there will be nothing on your transcript or your diploma to indicate that you earned your degree online. The most important thing for making you more competitive in the work-force is to have a valid degree, not how you earned it.

You don't have to be a compute genius to earn degrees from online accredited colleges. All you need is the desire, some discipline and some time.
About the Author
If you are looking for more information about online accredited colleges go to Degree Search (http://degreesearch.org/) and check out the schools, degrees and articles that they feature. The articles give especially helpful advice on college searching. The Author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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