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Choosing Your Online Education School

Aside from the billion-dollar online commerce, communications, news, entertainme


nt and others, online education is one of todays growing industries in the Intern
et.
For people with intentions of enrolling in one of these online learning institut
ions, it is best to check out upfront some important things. After all, educatio
n is one significant undertaking that should not be taken lightly.
Accreditation
The very first consideration about a school is its status. Is your prospective s
chool accredited by reputable organizations or by the industry at large? Your pr
ospective employment will depend on your schools standing and reputation.
How long has the school been in existence? It may not follow that the schools ag
e is a barometer for excellence but experience is always a plus factor.
How many students are enrolled? How many have graduated? If the school has few s
tudents, it might not reflect much on its credibility. The same is true with low
graduation rate.
Costs
The cost of educating yourself with either online or a traditional school is alw
ays an important factor. Your tuition should be slightly less than that of a reg
ular university. Look out for overcharged mandatory fees, hidden costs and other
extraneous fees.
Determine the curriculum to be used. If there is a requirement for books, check
out the costs first. Some institutions dole out their own lesson modules. These
come out in other forms of media (downloads in audio, video, PowerPoint, etc.) C
heck out the fees, if any.
Instructors
Do your research on the schools teaching staff as well. It is important that they
are of the same level or have comparable experience and competence as those of
traditional university professors.
Junior college teachers usually have an M.A. degree on the subject they handle.
Professors usually have Ph.D. degrees. Online education teachers should be compa
rably competent.
One other thing is the number of students per teacher. Teachers with many studen
ts have less time assisting each one. In essence, online education sometimes is
a one-on-one learning process.
Computer needs
From your end, what computer hardware and software are to be used in the lessons
? Online education requires that students must be well-versed in current multime
dia and other programs.
Will the students purchase additional software for dedicated education programs?
Lastly, if your computer is old, it may not work well, or not work at all.
Degrees
Needless to say, the first thing you check out in your prospective online school
is the list of degrees offered, and if your degree of choice is offered at all.
Some programs may not offer the degree you want.
The next question would be how long will it take to complete the program needed
for your degree. Some schools offer the chance of completing some degrees in les
s time. (Sometimes, they can save an entire year of work.)
Different schools offer different methods of student work: the chance to speed u
p or to work at ones individual pace. Some schools require their students to part
icipate in virtual classes and specific deadlines for assignments.
Some schools allow students to communicate with their instructors on all things
about their lessons. Others do not offer such kind of assistance and students ha
ve to work out things on their own.
This early, it is good to remember that in online education, the student most of
ten takes the initiative.