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Online Colleges - Know What to Look For

Aug 17, 2007
Online colleges are a part of the boom in online education. College-level programs are using online delivery, due to the easy availability of computers and the internet. Some of these courses involve little or no student interaction, and are like correspondence courses.

Others are more interactive and innovative. They use threaded discussions, video and audio clips, internet resources, e-mail, etc. Online programs are more convenient, easier to access, and are more cost effective, both for students and colleges.

Benefits of Joining an Online College

Online colleges allow you to earn a top-class degree that is nationally recognized, entirely online. You can learn at your own pace. The degrees you can earn online range from a certification, or associate degree, all the way up to a master's degree, or even a doctorate.

You can enjoy personalized attention and avoid driving long distances to attend scheduled classes. Online colleges allow you to attend class from anywhere in the world, and at any time of the day or night.

Whether you are a student, or an experienced professional, you can reach your educational goals, through distance learning. Some of the oldest universities are offering online degrees.

Online colleges offer you unrivaled flexibility and convenience. The online programs usually cost much less than traditional programs. You can be in close contact with faculty members, experts, and experienced professionals. You may even be able to specialize in an area of your choice.

Choosing an Online College

You need to take time to research your options, while choosing an online college. Ensure that the program is accredited by a Department of Education-recognized accrediting body; otherwise it will not have much value in the job market.

Find out about the qualifications of the teachers. Ask about whether they are trained and experienced in providing online education. You can contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if anyone has registered a complaint against the online college. You can also contact the appropriate licensing board to make sure that the degree or diploma is recognized.

Talk to former and existing students, to find out about their experiences. Find out about the financing options. Enquire about the transfer of prior learning assessments and existing college credits.

Don't be in a hurry, while selecting an online college. It is a decision you will have to live with for years to come. You will have to invest substantial time and money. Make the right decision for a path to a better future.
About the Author
Jim Zorn is web master of the Guide to Distance Learning. Please visit to learn more about online colleges and universities, distance learning degrees, majors and courses offered.
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