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Guide to Distance Learning and Online Education

Guide to Distance Learning and Online Education

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For a wealth of information on Online Education, Visit: http://onlineeducationsite.info
For a wealth of information on Online Education, Visit: http://onlineeducationsite.info

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Published by: torsina3 on Dec 28, 2011
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 ==== ====Check this out for more information on online education:www.onlineeducationsite.info ==== ====Distance learning opportunities used to exist through what was called correspondence courses,which were conducted over the mail, on the radio or on television. Today, the internet is theprimary method of presenting educational materials. Online education affords students who littletime or money, or who live in remote areas, to attend classes. Classes Offered Through Distance Learning Online Education Almost any curriculum can be pursued online. Students can seek programs that result incertification, advanced technical skills, associates degrees, bachelors degrees, graduate degreesand even doctorates. Even continuing education classes for licensed professionals and highschool equivalence courses can be completed through virtual classrooms. Methods for Distance Learning Online Education Online education is usually web-based with a specific web site designated for the course.Supplemental materials, such as software, may also be part of certain online courses. Studentsvisit the course web site to complete the posted assignments and take tests. Instructors andstudents communicate through email and chat rooms. Sometimes virtual lectures and discussionsare part of online coursework. Students can attend virtual classrooms to complete their educationand some colleges even have virtual graduation ceremonies. Types of Students Who Pursue Distance Learning Online Education Many different students from all over the world participate in distance learning online educationopportunities. Some students work and attend classes online during their free time. Otherstudents live in remote areas where local colleges do not exist. Still other students choose tocombine online courses with traditional classes for what is known as a blended learningexperience. Student who pursue distance education do not fit a particular mold, but shouldpossess the following qualities: self-motivation; well-organized; independent learner; computer literate; good time management skills; and
 excellent communication skills. Validity of Distance Learning Online Education: Research from the Sloan Consortium states thatonline learning is comparable to education obtained in a traditional setting, based upon a poll ofacademic leaders. Academic leader James Sherwood, Ph.D. and dean of University Extension,the continuing education branch of The University of California at Berkley states that, "Coming outof World War II and getting into the 60's and 70's there was a kind of stigma associated withdistance education. That has certainly changed." Because of technological advances and onlineresources, distance education has improved and offers an equivalent opportunity to traditionaleducation. Faculty Perspective of Distance Learning Online Education. Dr. Michael Otaigbe of StrayerUniversity in Virginia has taught courses both in person and online at the same college. Hisopinion is that online classes generate an unexpected level of motivation, saying, "Online, I havethe freedom to require contributions. Every week, my students have to submit essays andparticipate in group discussions. I get a better sense of the learning process." He also finds thatonline students come from all over the world and have unique contributions that benefit the otherstudents. Online Education Distance Learning Association in the US. Several distance learning associationsexist within the United States that offer additional information about taking classes online forprospective students. The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The USDLA is a non-profitassociation that promotes the development and application of online distance learning foreducation and training purposes. The USDLA encourages distance learning for grades K-12,college and higher education, corporate training, continuing education, government training andmilitary training. Further, the USDLA supported the implementation of the Snowe-RockefellerAmendment to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, as well as other legislation in 1997 that wasintroduced by Kennedy and Snowe. The Distance and Education Training Council (DETC). The DETC is a non-profit educationalassociation that is a central hub of information about distance study and the correspondencelearning field. Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA). The FGDLA is also a non-profitassociation. The FGDLA was formed to promote development and application of distancelearning programs. The Association also acts to foster understanding and collaboration amongthe people involved in education and training within the federal government. Covering Costs for Distance Learning Online Education ProgramsFinancial aid is available to online students, just as it is for traditional students. Online studentscan apply for applicable state and government financial aid, Stafford loans, student loans, tuitionreimbursement and scholarships to cover costs for cyber classes. Also, virtual students savemoney on transportation and housing. Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, said,"The College Board continues to advocate for need-based aid, so that students can have theopportunity to benefit from college education."

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