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Is An Online Distance Learning Program Right For You?

Aug 17, 2007
It's amazing how much information you need to know in the information age. Fortunately, there are many ways to acquire it. The little corner book store has become the unlimited online book store, there are free encyclopedias on the Internet and, best of all, there is an online distance learning program for everyone.

Whether you need to learn how to install a wireless security system, speak Klingon or earn a masters degree, there's an online distance learning program for you.

What Do You Know?

The essence of communication is the sharing of information. Not surprisingly, the greatest method of communication - the Internet - is also the greatest learning tool invented.

Whether you need one recipe or a cooking course, you can find it on the Internet along with a way to buy the most unusual cooking implements and ingredients. Every television channel, book chain, and college has an online presence offering to teach you something.

Before you start thinking about what you want to learn, think about how you're going to verify the information you receive. For every piece of information you find on the Internet, you can find information that conflicts with it. Obviously, when you click on a link in your search engine and find that the web site that wants to share the secrets of molecular science is blinking teal and pink with dancing fish, you know that you've come to the wrong place.

But a professional-looking site is no guarantee that the online distance learning program that it's selling is any good. After all, professional web site developers have a personal life, too. Just because they know enough to delete the dancing fish doesn't mean they know the secrets of crop circles.

In general, if a site is connected to a credible company, then you can trust the information on it to the same extent that you would trust the company. If the site is not part of a larger company, look for a copyright.

Professionals copyright their material. Look for a name on the site or the articles. Before you sign on to a course or offer any personal information, do a search about the web site or course. Look for warnings. If you are considering an online school, make sure it's accredited by a regional agency or an international accrediting agency.

Accrediting ensures that the information in the online distance learning program meets proper standards and that the credits from the program will be accepted by other schools, licensing boards and employers. Whenever you think about an online distance learning program, check it out first. Knowing what others know about the knowledge they offer will make sure that you know your knowledge is worth knowing.
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