“Education is the transmission of civilization.” – Will Durant (American writer and historian, 1885-1981).
Education is an indispensable good to achieve fame, power, money, freedom, social justice and peace. With increasing global economic trends, education becomes more imperative to face many challenges that the future holds for humanity.
A constantly changing and developing economy needs a well-educated workforce to propel it into a newer world. With an economy on the mend, the job market for a new set of skills is born. Recruiters prefer people with new or recent degrees, attached to their existing education, to fill the vacancy. Today, the career of a job seeker can suffer due to a lack of proper education. Therefore, it becomes essential for every job seeker to continue to evolve. Education, perhaps, is the best means to improve knowledge, skills and personal development, resulting in building healthy relationships between individuals, groups and nations for a better tomorrow.
Education has crossed borders and has become international. Today, distance learning has become a new face of education, recognized throughout the world. Universities and colleges around the world offer various programs for people seeking continuing education or a professional degree.
Distance learning creates an educational experience outside of the classroom. Teachers and students communicate through print and electronic media or through technology. Individuals can now earn their degrees in the relative comfort of their own homes.
The Internet offers a variety of educational and professional courses online, which are priced or free. Many accredited universities, colleges, and schools provide an online platform to revive and enhance continuing education. People should choose a virtual school from the full range wisely and not be fooled by the freebies on offer.
People must first assess their need for a degree. Is it the need to graduate with a flexible education program or increase the value of your resume to get better jobs?
Choosing your subject, curriculum, faculty, correspondence mode, and fee structure is the next step to bettering your future. Enrolling in an online degree course is the last step in improving the credibility of your education.
Credibility (accreditation) and learning costs are the two parameters that need to be considered before proceeding with online education.
Education regulatory bodies are built to certify colleges and universities interested in offering online degree courses. Depending on which agency the university is affiliated with, people can choose their board of education online.
The fee structure must be appropriate for the courses offered. It should be able to fit people’s pockets. After all, the purpose of online education is to impart knowledge to all mankind and the goal can be achieved when education is provided at a reduced cost.
Earning a degree at home can be achieved by choosing one option from the following six options, which are:
– Correspondence made through regular mail.
– Telecurso/Broadcast, in which the content is delivered by radio or television.
– CD-ROM: the student interacts with the computer content stored on the CD.
– Pocket PC/mobile learning: students access course content stored on a mobile device or through a wireless server.
– Integrated Distance Learning: Interaction with the integrated distance learning curriculum of the group live instruction program.
– Programs conducted over the Internet either synchronously (phone, video, and web conferencing) or asynchronously (message board forums, email, fax/voice mail, audio cassette, and video cassette).
Online degrees cover subjects that are offered in the regular curriculum on campus. Therefore, students who enroll for distance learning can pursue subjects in the fields of science and technology, business and finance, humanities, and fine arts with the same ease as a regular student on campus.