There is another option if you want to advance your academic pursuits. With the use of the computer Internet technology, earning a college degree is not that hard anymore. The mode of education that used web-based instructions is called online education or distance learning. Since most of the students in progressive countries such as United States of America and Europe have computers and an access to the Internet, the desire to study online has become a norm. Consumers are discovering the advantages of earning a degree online, this system of education is gaining its popularity especially among the working individuals and people with responsibilities at home.Learning online enables you to attain a college degree that interest you the most at your own pace. You can graduate and get a two-year associates degree, a bachelor’s, a master’s or even a doctorate in your choice span of year to complete it. That is why many colleges and universities are now offering online courses to cater many students who prefer to study online. And many are now discovering the effectiveness and efficiency of this mode of learning. Through the use of a computer and Internet access, a student can study and earn a degree by staying conveniently wherever and whenever they want to study. They can study at home, in the park, to the confines of an office work space, in the public library or even when they are travelling as long as there is an available Internet access. There is a wide area of educational interest in an online education program. To name a few of them, you can have learning degree programs in business, education, engineering, law and criminal justice, arts and humanities, social science and technology offered by accredited online schools.In this modern and fast-paced world, education is available in almost everywhere and in almost every language. Just like with the traditional mode of education, financial aid is also available in almost every schools and through the federal government. Deserving students can receive grants from the government as long as they pass the qualifications. There are other expenses that are usually tied in getting a college degree are absent when a student prefer to go online learning. No need to rent an apartment or boarding house because you can stay at the comforts of your home and study. Travelling that may cost you for transportation expenses like bus fare or gas for your car. You can save time and much money that you can use in paying a substantial portion of your tuition fees.Online students are also free from classroom distractions. But virtual learners also needs self-discipline. It takes you a great deal to work in earning a college degree course online. Internet could also distract a student because it has a hypnotic effect even how conducive a bedroom or office for studying. That is why commitment and perseverance of a student are very important in order to complete a college degree. For those who are willing to work for their achievement, success is just there to be had, it all depends on the one seeking of earning something worthwhile.
Online education was reviewed three years ago preceded by Oscar Wilde’s quotation “The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately, in England at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever”. My intention was to amuse, rather than to denigrate online education, although the conclusions reached in the literature at that time about its success were mixed. This special issue comprises a number of articles mainly from people working in various parts of the world; content and technology are nicely balanced.You will notice that there is a noticeable trend towards getting to grips with the difficult but essential matter of evaluation discussed by Merisotis and Phipps. James Merisotis and Ronald Phipps are senior staff members of the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington.There seem to be roughly equal number of enthusiasts and skeptics so the conclusions of Merisotis and Phipps are unsurprising. During their review they unearthed “several hundred articles, papers, and dissertations” and list what they consider to be the shortcomings of research on the subject. They believe that “more emphasis has been placed on the Utopian possibilities of the technology and its potential to do as well as classroom-based instruction, but not enough pragmatism has been applied to allow for a discussion of online education’s practical implications as a supplement to enhance teaching and learning”. They also believe that technology can “leverage faculty time but it cannot replace most human contact without significant quality losses”.Gordon Joyes and Rachel Scott from the Centre for Teaching Enhancement at the University of Nottingham write about the inadequacies of teachers. They are commenting on a ten-university European project called SteelCAL. New learning technologies are not effectively “embedded in the day to day practice of learning and teaching in most higher educational institutions… the main reason is that many academics have had no training and little experience in the use of communications and information technology as an educational tool”. Note that Joyes and Scott mention under “Full Evaluation” that they are comparing “the effectiveness of SteelCAL with an experimental group of students to a matched control group who are taught traditionally”. It will be interesting to hear exactly how they do it. As they say this exercise is “difficult to organize”.Dr. Martin Oliver, a member of the higher education research and development unit at University College, London, describes the difficulties of evaluating online teaching and learning. In talking about the importance of evaluation he says: “The drive to evaluate has not been matched by support and training for the practitioners who are supposed to carry out these processes”. He concludes that the issues raised in his article “represent only the starting point for an ongoing discourse on the evaluation of online learning and teaching”.Anthony Rosie’s article is about his experience covering “meaningful engagement and the enjoyment of learning” following the ideas developed by Biggs who suggests that “Relational knowledge involves students in developing systems of interconnection between concepts and learning approaches with teaching as a contributor to this linkage”.Bernard Scott from the Centre of Educational Technology at De Montfort University talks about the CASTE system for course design and the matter of “conversations” between system and student. Scott was associated with Gordon Pask who died in 1996 and was regarded as a founding father of Cybernetics. The Web of Science shows that Pask’s 1976 book about Conversation Theory has been cited 66 times since it was published. CASTE is being used at De Montford as part of a master’s level program in learning and teaching.Diana Thompson and Garry Homer are situated at the University of Wolverhampton which is also active at other sites in Shropshire notably at the new town of Telford. Wolverhampton and Telford are two of the few large towns in one of the most rural counties in England with a widely dispersed population mainly engaged in agriculture. The authors describe the way in which IT training is carried out at all levels for people in the county.Mr. M.J. Wood is the enterprising head teacher of a Maidstone secondary school which recently won an award for its Web site. He is under no illusions about what has to be done “on a scale of 1 to 20 for measuring the potential use of IT in teaching and learning. I would not be confident to place us beyond point 1”. He comments on the climate of opinion at home: “If parents realize that there is a shortage of text books in a school they will be quick to complain but as yet they see access to computers as a luxury. One of our teachers recently discovered that 24 pupils out of a teaching group of 25 have access to the Internet at home. I suspect that one Christmas in the near future our pupils’ stockings will be filled with cheap hand-held devices which, among other features, will provide Internet access”.
Education is a very important element to people. It is very essential to every business, technology and social group. For you to build a good name in a certain business industry or society, you have to be seen as someone valuable. An accredited college or university could provide you the credentials and the certification you need in earning the degree you want.Before students would go to physical colleges or university and would spend most of their time and money for their tuition fees and transportation. But the modern technologies have changed the way education and training are delivered to students. And in this new way of earning a college degree is called online education or distance learning. There are already millions of online students taking courses via the virtual world from reputable accredited universities and colleges. More and more people fascinate to have online education because it is considered as an excellent way of enhancing your skills and gain more related knowledge you need to become competitive in this fast-paced-world.There are many advantages that an online education could provide to its students. This mode of learning is usually low cost, accessible and could give you the convenience you are looking in earning a college degree. Each student should have the computer and Internet service that are essential in the distribution of course contents and lectures. A student should know to manipulate computer softwares and know way around the virtual world. Being able to work comfortably around these technologies will eventually complete their tasks efficiently with no issues on online learning. Since online education is available 24 hours 7 days a week, a student could work on their choice of time that would fit on their working schedules. They could also choose a course degree in line with their interests and learn at their own pace.This mode of learning attracts a lot of people because they could study at the comforts of their home. But in order to finish a course degree online, you also have to exert a little of your effort and have self-discipline so that you can set aside certain distractions that comes your way. You should also develop self control since their are many distractions that may affect your concentration in learning such as television, telephones or your family.There’s no such easy way of achieving success in life unless you exert an effort and time. It is a matter of managing your time well and deciding what is best for you. Online education could be your best option that could change your way of life for the better.