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What's involved in an Online College Degree?

Aug 17, 2007
Education in general is extremely important to be on the cutting edge of business, technology and social groups. You need strong credentials and the certification only a reputable, accredited college can provide you with to be able to be seen as someone valuable to a corporation or business. In the past, students of all ages would enroll in colleges and universities, expending valuable time and money to travel to classrooms and listen to lectures to earn credits, but modern ways have changed the way training is delivered to individuals. The new way to earn your education is to become one of the thousands of students taking courses via the virtual world from top educational facilities. Online college degree programs are an excellent way to land the skills and abilities you need to compete in a fast paced, shark eat shark world, but are distance education courses for you?

Some of the pros involved in earning an online college degree are that cost is low, accessibility is easy, and convenience is very high. There's no travelling back and forth from a campus to home, nor is it necessary to live in dormitories or rent an apartment in another city or state. Travel and lodging alone is a large chunk of expenditures when considering the goal of a college degree. There still are some costs involved in taking courses via the internet. No student will be able to avoid the cost of textbooks or course materials and enrolling with an educational facility for an online college degree means that access to a computer is imperative. However, having a computer, course materials on hand, and all lectures on audio file means that students can work on their credits at any time of the day or on certain days in the week, unrestricted by on site college schedules. Also, students can enroll in one or many courses to earn their online college degree at their own pace, slowly over the years as time and real life permit or as quickly as if they were taking the same full time curriculum as any student on campus.

While studying at the best time of the day for you in the comfort of your own home might seem very attractive, working towards an online college degree demands a certain amount of self discipline and, because of that, can be easily set aside as other distractions or priorities seem to take precedence. The control of being in a classroom has to be recreated in your home, no mean feat for some people. Otherwise, the lack of being able to devote time to your studies may mean that you end up not submitting work, missing tests or possibly even flunking the courses you need. Not only is self control an issue when working towards your online college degree, the environment around you will have a large effect on your ability to concentrate or accomplish your task to the best of your abilities. Studying at home often means distractions, such as televisions, telephones, or family have to be taken into account, which may mean a restructuring of your home organization.

Lastly, achieving an online college degree demands one vital thing, that you are comfortable with a computerized environment, as well as being able to type, manipulate software and know your way around the virtual world. Those comfortable with technology will have no issues at all with online learning and will probably complete their tasks efficiently, but those who aren't familiar with computers or who have a fear of pressing the wrong button will certainly find taking online courses a daunting task. Having access to education is one thing, but in a virtual world, being able to know your way around a computerized environment will mean the difference between obtaining your online college degree or floundering badly. However, there are many places offering free or nearly free instruction on working with computers and the amount of time required for a small course most likely won't be more than a month or two. After that, you'll certainly be adept and confident enough to handle online education.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many Online College Degree programs. Please visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/index.cfm to select the online program that is right for you.
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