Distance Education

Distance EducationDistance learning has been accessible to adult learners for decades, and has grown in popularity and acceptance.  However, not all online schools and online degrees are created equal.  Consistent with the tenets for our website, our mission is to provide you the unbiased information you need to decide whether learning via an online education is the right path for you.

Our team of distance education experts has done all the research for you.  In this section of our website, you can find answers to every pertinent question you have about pursuing your education as an adult learner.  We've created articles on everything from the importance of accreditation, how to avoid diploma mills, what to look for in an online school, college, university, degree, program, or course, and whether you have the personality type to succeed in online learning, among others.

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Women and Online Education

"Good teaching involves enriching, not impoverishing, students’ understandings of others, and the world. It means expanding, not contradicting, students’ knowledge, insights and interests. It means deepening, not rendering more shallow, students’ ways of thinking and feeling. And it entails paying intellectual and moral attention as a teacher. "

Exploring the Moral Heart of Teaching: toward a Teacher’s Creed, David Hansen

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An Online Education Can Give you a Competitive Advantage in a Rough Economy

With the turbulent economy and dismal job market, pursing an online degree does offer opportunities to increase your marketability. There has never been a more appropriate time to earn a degree from an accredited online university. By completing an online degree you will buffer yourself from the recession and you'll come closer to reaching your income goal and earning that coveted six figure salary.

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Top Ten Online Degree Programs

The most popular online degrees are programs that are versatile in today’s job market and the jobs that are experiencing the most growth over the next decade. A major in these areas can almost guarantee a job after graduation. For example, the most popular online degree is business administration.  A degree in business administration can lead to jobs as a financial analyst, a marketing manager or an investment banker depending on if it’s a bachelor or masters degree.

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Education, an Authentic Journey

In this celebrity obsessed culture, I find myself watching less and less T.V. I’m not interested in the voyeuristic turn entertainment has shifted into. What I can take from it though, as people tune into these shows endlessly, is that everyone seems to value success-even if that means watching a celebrity display in a reality television show.

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Online Education-Connecting Students Worldwide

Distance learning aims to deliver education to students who are not physically on site in traditional classrooms. This field of education concentrates on pedagogy, technology, and instructional designs that provide access to learners that are separated by time and/or distance.  Online education is becoming more recognized in universities and institutions around the world for providing individualized attention and communication with students.

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Online Education and Graduate School

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Become a School psychologist and get your degree online

A school psychologist is a job that is currently in high demand. With the majority of practitioners reaching retirement age in the next ten years, the demand for professionals will continue to rise. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, the average salary is in between $47,880-$67,070.00, while top salaries can exceed $100,000. In most instances, a school psychologist’s salary for a school district is comparable to university salaries and sometimes even better. School district salaries are also often better than hospital and clinic compensation which will give a prospective student greater confidence to take on education costs.

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Why Online Education Works!

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Online Education is definitely here to stay. It continues to establish a presence in corporations and schools of higher learning. It is rather interesting to note that until recently; a lot of jobs that were available to most of the population were connected to farming or professions involving physical labor. These employment features have dramatically changed and now demand skills that involve the intellect.

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Online Education Popularity

New year's resolution: get your degree online
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According to Reuters, online degrees were up 13 percent in 2009. Public perception for online education is becoming more and more acceptable as businesses are hiring folks that got their degrees online. Also noteworthy, are that companies are providing tuition reimbursement for online programs as well.

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Online Degrees

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like the rest of us, the New Year is a time to list out all of the things that you want to accomplish in the coming year.  Why not have a goal that will improve your current qualifications and income, but still leave you with all of the flexibility you need. Going back to school online to improve on your current skill set, or to change careers entirely is going give you a great shot at effecting your life, and your family’s life in a positive way. If you’ve felt the crush of the recession, or you feel that your career is stalling, why not look into all of the available programs and degrees that are at your fingertips.

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Distance Education Credibility

What employers think of online degrees

In short, the answer is it depends on the university you attend and program you choose.online-degrees2

  • Try to attend an actual brick and mortar school that offers online programs. These schools already tend to have a solid reputation. In many cases, the transcript will not even show that the degree was earned online.
  • Make sure your school is accredited. To check if an online school is accredited check the directory.
  • Look into how long the school has existed. While the age of the school does not necessarily mean that employers will give your degree credibility, an online university that has been around for a long period of time will be better perceived.
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Job Security with an Online Degree

Most people have heard the term, "online education" if they are on the internet, or watch the news. Sometimes it is called, "distance education" or "online learning’ all of which could describe a variety of efforts. These geographically dispersed learners take courses via an internet connection and don’t have to be physically in the classroom.

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New Technology Making Online Education Even Easier

Bill and Melinda Gates are on a mission. At a recent Technomy conference Bill Gates declared that the future of education should be evolving and all colleges and universities should offer a quality education online. In Bill Gates style, he is also putting his money where his mouth is, he’s got millions in grants for those with the best ideas. The Gates’ have structured a multiyear grant program giving millions of dollars to individuals with cool ideas on ways to use technology, and in particular, ways to improve online courses and ultimately, online education.

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The Future of Online Education

At a Technomy conference in California, Bill Gates predicted that higher education will change substantially over the course of the next five years. Using the internet, students will have access the best lectures from the best universities. These students would not attend a traditional brick and mortar school, but take different courses (and possibly lectures) delivered as an online education degree. Gates thinks that this online method of delivering education might also be free.  Furthermore, Mr. Gates believes that a traditional university is too expensive and too hard to gain admission. Also noteworthy, is his belief that the current university textbooks are too large. His message was clear, an online education was the future and the only way for universities to gain control and expand is to embrace technology.

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ONLINE COLLEGE- A Great Alternative to Traditional College

Going to a traditional campus-based college or university is not for everyone.  For those who have family and work responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, getting an online degree might seem more viable.  Among other things, distance learning offers greater flexibility, speed, and is potentially a better value.  Like a traditional university, tuition for online courses can be expensive.  It all depends on the school and discipline.  However, what many people are not aware of is that there are numerous grants, scholarships, tax credits and student loans available for helping students pay for their education.  So you might ask the question: How do I get started?

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Professors Without Borders

A Nonprofit group -- Professors Without Borders -- announced itself Monday. This new group has a goal of sending faculty members abroad to promote public health and sustainability, and to build infrastructure that will help developing and disadvantaged nations. The idea grew out of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program. A first on-the-ground project will take place in August in Thailand, and work is also being explored in Haiti and other nations.

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Education and You, Still Considered One of the Best Ways to Get Ahead

You’ve heard it before but it can’t be stressed enough, getting a degree can help improve your job situation, or help you change careers entirely.  If you’ve ever wondered about going back to school to improve your job prospects and income, you should act now by exploring options for an online degree. One of the easiest and fastest solutions to jump starting a career and bettering your income is to get an education online. An online education is a great way to fit your degree into your schedule. By studying online you won’t disrupt your current routine or income.

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Online Courses Come in Many Varieties

Online degrees reflect a modern way to learn

“We must abandon conceptual systems founded upon ideas of center, margin, hierarchy, and linearity and replace them with ones of multi-linearity nodes, links and networks.”

George P. Landow, Hypertext 2.0. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1992.

If you're wondering whether an online degree will be as valuable as a traditional, brick and mortar degree you should realize that most of the grievances about distance learning are misconceptions and myths. Online schools know you want skills and credentials and they are committed to providing very quintessential information on modern learning platforms. 

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Online Learners Perform Better

This U.S. Department of Education study conducted systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identifying more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. Analysts screened these studies to find those that contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition by:

  • Measuring student learning outcomes
  • Using a rigorous research design
  • Providing adequate information to calculate an effect size.
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Is An Online Degree Right for you?

Get the degree & skill set you need to succeed

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There are many factors that are important in determining why an online education might be right for you.  Getting an online education may translate into a better career and more money. There's a consensus that education will improve your quality of life and better prepare you for a job. Government studies show that the more education you have, the more lifetime earnings and opportunities you will create for yourself.

Pursuing an online education can also mean getting a vocational degree. Vocational degrees prepare individuals for jobs that are in high demand as well. The *U.S. Department of Labor Statistics have established that approximately 21 million of the 21.6 new wage and salary jobs generated over the 2002-2012 period will be service providing professionals. Having the right vocational degree can definitely lead to a rewarding and lucrative career.