Technology has changed our lifestyle drastically. Either it is the adaption of an iPad from a paper notepad or making one click payments to all our accounts. Technology has replaced all traditional means. Education is not left behind. Distance Learning (DL) / online education is a highly growing concept.
We cannot deny the benefits of online education. For example, you can save on cost-of-living and travel by choosing anytime and any location. Whether it is your work or home, you can submit your assignment on time. You can be the master of your own schedule.
However, DL has some drawbacks that you should keep in mind while deciding about the most important degree of your life.
For example, you should know that DL is not for everyone. Self-motivation and self-discipline are the keys of success in this case. You might have less support from other learners. This type of learning always demands extra push from the students. Consider the atmosphere where you can't have any campus life, any group study and you might not be able to have any face to face interaction with your instructor. Your surroundings might not be able to give you a true class room feel to concentrate on your course. Most of the evaluations will be based on assignments and written projects that will not allow you to improve your verbal and social skills. Scholarships and financial grants are less common in most DL degrees compared to the conventional institution based degrees. If you are seeking a degree for specific employment purposes only, keep in mind that all DL degrees are not acknowledged by every employer. All courses cannot be entertained through DL; some specific courses need a brick & mortar environment such as nursing which requires you to be physically present at the lecture. To be successful in DL, the student must be adaptive to new technology.
Here are some of the U.S. universities that offer DL programs:
Arizona State University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Washington State University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Florida
University of Wisconsin, Madison
The most important aspect of this kind of education is the accreditation of your desired degree. There are many programs that you can follow and complete, but without proper research into the accrediting body, your degree may be worthless and you may have hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans to pay. Don’t make that mistake.
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