Are Online Degrees The Secret To Success?

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online-degreesNot everyone wants to go to college these days. While a college degree has long been considered a gateway to success, the economic shakeup has people questioning whether the long hours of classes, the four or more years of commitment, and the tuition rates are really going to deliver the goods.

But while the value of conventional college is in dispute, job seekers are still facing a very clear reality: the best jobs all assume that, at a minimum, you will have a college degree. So how do you come out ahead? More and more, people are pursuing online college degrees to get the best of both worlds.

How does online college work? In terms of the content, it’s remarkably similar to a conventional university education. You need the same number of credits to get a degree and you get access to the same curriculum. The difference is in how it’s delivered: typically online classes are in the form of videos, readings and web-based course work that substitute for going to a physical classroom.

This is an attractive package for a few reasons:

  • Work while studying. Online college classes are less time intensive. The actual amount of coursework is equivalent, but you don’t have to worry about getting to and from classrooms on a rigid schedule. This allows students to work and still get their course work done.
  • Lower cost. Running online courses costs a university less, and allows them to serve more students. In many cases, this translates to savings on tuition for online students.
  • Flexibility. Although online students are still required to attend their “classes,” they can do so on their own schedule. Early morning, late night or lunch break are all fair game for logging in and doing the next section from your class.
  • Unique opportunities. You would think that an online course module would be more rigid than in-person education, but in practice it’s often more customizable and offers more opportunities. Since online classes don’t follow a “lecture and notes” structure, there’s more room for different teaching methods and creative assignments. Partnering up digitally with other online students is also common.

Does all this translate to a cure to the economic blues? That depends a lot on a student’s individual situation, but more and more are saying yes. It certainly makes more room for a flexible, dynamic approach to education and, for many; online college degrees are more compatible with a 21st century career.

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Heather B has been going to school online for a couple of years. She is now trying to spread the word on how easy it can be to get your degree.

Image courtesy of ddpavumba / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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