When considering an on-line education, weighing the pros and cons is as important as what you intend to do with your degree.
The idea of an on-line education is a fairly new approach-however, many of the bugs that usually accompany a new concept have been worked out. Initially, some flaws that hampered students progress made it difficult to continue with their education. One significant issue was, the inability of a student to have direct access to the professor, the administration or an adviser. Although, email was available-it was only as effective as the recipients handling them.
As the programs evolved those schools that demonstrated innovation and commitment were able to make access to education nearly universal. While some well-established universities were reluctant to join the on-line degree programs at first, they eventually realized the potential for growth. With the vast resources these schools had, the program became mutually beneficial for the student and the school.
The reputation of these colleges and universities that support on-line degree programs has helped gain acceptance in the corporate world. It is no longer regarded as a test project or a “fly-by-night” business.
In fact, many esteemed universities offer a Masters degree on-line. Recently the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed they have allowed access to anyone who wishes to explore the resources that students themselves have at MIT. Anyone interested can visit their website and “take a class”. Unfortunately, they don’t offer credit or degrees in this manner, but it is free of charge.
A strong point in favor of an on-line education is its accessibility. Students, especially ones that have commitments, can schedule their studies to accommodate their lifestyle. Also, most classes provide a CD for the lecture. This enables the student to revisit the lecture when reviewing, or to gain a better grasp, for exams.
Another added benefit is class time, it isn’t interrupted with questions that may not be relevant to you. Most classes offer or demand participation in a weekly discussion. This may be completed on a bulletin board or an actual chat room. It allows you to address concerns to the professor, and lets a student view others’ questions that may pertain to all.
And lastly, assignments. On-line courses allow for the ease of turning in homework, essays, or other important papers that require a deadline for submission. Emailing the assignment allows for the student to record the time and day it was completed. It also allows for the professor to grade or evaluate the student’s work faster, and to return the assignment in a timely manner.
Taking an on-line course may at first seem tricky. But once a student feels comfortable with the process, they will discover all the benefits will work to their advantage. No running late for class-or missing them-no need for extensive note taking, and most importantly no missed time from the family.