An online college education connects students and teachers onto a network, or website where they can interact and learn. Lectures, assignments, exams, and instructions are presented online so that registered students can access their class work at any time. Online degree courses are taught using a variety of methods. In most approaches students interact online in a chat environment, or a discussion board with their teachers or other students. This is a real time environment just like a traditional classroom. However, unlike traditional learning, Online Degree classes can often be held at the students convenience -24/7, with no commute.
Is Online Education Effective?
In multiple studies of non-traditional forms of teaching, such as distance learning, it has been proven that there is no significant differences in a student's ability to learn the material. These studies were based on exam results given to online students and traditional students. The perception of degree courses taken online is also improving. In fact, many employers now view successful distance learners as more self-sufficient than their campus bound counterparts. Online students are self-motivated, independent, and technologically savvy, all the attributes that employers look for.
What Students Say:
Laura, age 31, says - "Distance learning allowed me to work towards my Bachelor's degree while working full time. I now have a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Human Resources from AIU Online. I was able to secure a job in human resources at a Forture 500 company, all thanks to my online degree."
Peter, age 27, says - "Without online education, I would probably have never been able to get my Associate's degree. I live more than 2 hrs away from the closest college. Distance learning has changed my life. "