An online diploma… have you lost your mind”. These were the words dad had greeted me with when one fine morning he found the prospectus of an online educational portal in our mail. I had hoped to break the news of my decision to him as gently as possible but as luck would have it my secret had been discovered.
Online education he believed were complete rip offs, nobody ever got a decent job with an online degree. He just wasn’t willing to listen. Most universities and colleges around the world are now offering online degrees, which are several times cheaper than their regular courses.
So I did what any persevering son would have done. Sat down with him and read to him the entire prospectus. Then I took him online and showed him the website… and finally after half the day had passed and he had read through every word printed on the portal, I finally got my dad’s approval.
I haven’t looked back since then. The Internet has made higher education cheaper and more versatile than ever before. Several renowned universities and colleges have added e courses as a part of their educational program and have designed excellent user friendly e-campuses to help students minimize the amount of time spent in locating study materials so they can spend more time mastering their courses.
These online courses are rapidly gaining popularity because of one simple reason that it’s not possible for all of us to attend traditional universities. Lack of funds or grades may stall our march up the educational ladder but e-courses have provided us with an option that is both feasible and inexpensive.
So allow me to share with you guys a few things that you should keep in mind while choosing an online course.
To begin with do some initial research, and find out which are best online institutes.
Talk to the other students who are too are interested in joining these courses. For additional information this you can visit any online learning education blog or forum.
Prepare through in depth, career related questions that you can ask the university authorities to enable you to make the best possible decision.
Though most distance learning online institutes offer a 24/7 program, you too have to dedicate a decent amount of time to your studies.
Finally it’s important that you are prepared to interact with your online tutors and your fellow batch mates. Distance learning is no longer about studying in isolation. Interacting with your teachers will enable you to gain interesting and useful insights about your subject.
Distance learning online is really not for the faint hearted. Those of you who are contemplating enrollment better consider a few important principles – first, whether or not you are serious enough about earning an online degree, because after all the onus is solely on your shoulders.
As more and more students pass out from online universities, more and more people will start accepting this form of education. Though in all probability these programs will never be regarded as highly as degrees from traditional universities there is a fair chance that most graduates who enter the work force will have experienced some form of online education or other whether in the form of tutorials or online coaching. This will really help in bridging the gap between traditional and online education.