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Category Archives: Education

Online University Programs

The best thing about these distance-learning programs is that you can choose to start off as slowly or as quickly as you wish. Some new students elect to take a single course or two that is directly related to their current career while others go “hog wild” delving through course after course until the have completed their degree at record speed. Online university programs are available in business, finance, accounting, nursing, IT, health, law, paralegal, criminal justice and the list goes on and on. Thousands of online students have earned associate degrees, bachelor and masters degrees, PhDs and even law degrees–completely online–why not you?

You get started with Online University Programs, as the term suggests, by accessing programs on the Internet. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find online programs available “everywhere” and, as I have already said, in nearly every topic under the sun. But let me tell you a little bit about what you may expect to experience in your distance-learning quest. Most schools allow you to attend online classes 365/24/7. They can do this by offering prerecorded audio, video and text lectures that you can access on your own schedule. Your assignments, tests and projects are all submitted online as well. Other schools may require you to logon at specific times, but even here you have to admit it beats driving across town after work to attend classes in person, right?

And what about missing out on the so called “real” classroom experience? It is an inescapable truth that you will not be able to meet new friends in person or bump into your favorite professor in the hallway. Some people just prefer to learn in a traditional classroom setting and do not adapt well to change. What you need to ask yourself is what kind of learner are you and, can you adapt to a new learning paradigm? (I think you probably can!)

Before you place too much emphasis on the traditional learning model consider that nowadays online university programs offer bulletin boards, online chartrooms and instant messaging where students can discuss their studies with each other and with their professors long after the class is over. In my opinion this feature alone not only replicates the in-classroom experience, it surpasses it. And many online university programs permit you to accelerate so you may complete your studies rapidly if you wish. That’s something you just cannot do with traditional education, period.

Online University Programs are available to you however modest your budget. Top ranked Ivy League schools such as Harvard University are now offering distance learning courses. As you would expect, the prestigious schools generally command higher tuition fees. But, you’ll find a plethora of affordable online university programs too and some offer convenient pay-as-you-go plans or are approved for student loan programs.

And don’t rule out having your employer paying for your education. Today, online university programs and degrees are widely accepting in corporate America. If your employer already has a tuition reimbursement program, chances are your distance learning courses will qualify for reimbursement. If not, its well worth it to sit down with your boss or company representative to discuss how assisting you with your career related education expenses can be a win-win situation for both of you.

Homeschoolers and College

There are many college fairs available to high school students. When you look at all the colleges, pay attention to yourself and consider the reasons why you skipped a certain college. That will tell you the kinds of colleges that you might be interested in.

You will want your kids to look as well, because there may be something about that college that they have never realized before. You are going to find out fascinating things as you look.

You can give them your address. If you’re interested in a certain college it is a good idea for you to sign up on their forms because then they’ll be reaching out to you. If they like you, they’ll continue to pursue you and send you more information.

One of the best ways to have colleges search for you, as a student, is to take the PSAT test. It will ask you a series of questions about who you are. The colleges that want that particular kind of student will pursue you.

Be prepared, though. When you sign up for that information on the PSAT, you’re going to get a tsunami of paper work in your mailbox. You have to look through it carefully to decide, but that is one good way to find a college that wants you.

The other thing that you can do is to search for colleges yourself. The US News and World Report puts out their annual edition of great colleges. Those have a lot to do with the SAT average colleges. The U Can website does not judge colleges by SAT scores, so you can go to the U Can website, read a few snippets of the colleges, click the link, and go directly to the college website.

As you look through these colleges, think and make the first cut. There are thousands of colleges out there and you can’t possibly know all of them intimately well. You need to make the first cut and decide who you’re going to research.

Preparations for Homeschooling High School

One of the most important courses to pay attention to in high school is foreign language. Colleges like to see two or three years of a single language, so if your student doesn’t start in their Freshman year, they’ll need to start in their Sophomore year. Don’t wait until Junior year to begin!

It’s also very important to plan some rigorous classes. That doesn’t mean that in Freshman year your student must do calculus. It means that you try to keep your child challenged. Make sure to give them classes that aren’t easy. That doesn’t mean they should be overwhelming, just not all easy. Keep it rigorous and keep them challenged. Plan your courses, so you’ll know exactly what courses you’ll cover over the four years of high school

Early high school is the time to think about taking the PSAT for practice. Sophomore year is a good time to take the PSAT just for fun. It doesn’t count for National Merit Scholarship (that’s Junior year), it’s just for practice. The PSAT is only offered during October, so register for the test by September. It’s easy to register, just call your local public or private high school, and tell them you’d like to know if you can register your child to take the PSAT at their school.

If, for some reason, the school says no, call the next closest high school. Most of them are very welcoming. The College Board is the company that oversees the PSAT, and they encourage public schools to provide the tests to homeschooled children.

Make sure as you begin high school that you’re keeping good records. Keep a good reading list and make sure that you get your transcript done each year. Sometimes you might be asked to provide a transcript when you least expect it. For instance, when your child starts driving, and you want to get the Good Student Discount, the insurance company will probably ask for a transcript. This can save you hundreds of dollars, so make sure you have it ready.

Online Trade Schools

Once you know what you want to study, it’s time to start searching. It’s always a good idea to find a state approved or accredited school, because degrees and certificates from an accredited school carry a lot more weight than those from schools without accreditation. This will greatly increase your employment opportunities.

It’s also possible that you can get some form of financial assistance from a state accredited online trade school. Get in touch with the school’s financial aid officer, and you will be able to get the information and documents required for a student aid application. Some schools also have these documents available online, which makes things much simpler for you.

Take the time to look at the curriculum content of an online trade school that offers the course you’re interested in. It’s worth comparing a couple of different schools, to see if there’s any difference in the content. One may be more appealing to you. If possible, chat to the school administrator or even the instructors, to get a feel for how they work and if they’re going to be supportive and helpful during your studies. Check to see if the online trade school has a placement service available, so that you have a better chance of getting a job once you graduate.

Info of Distance Learning Online

Distance learning online.

If you have the desire and determination to take positive steps to insure a better career future for yourself, all you need is an available computer with internet access, and the ability to set up a realistic schedule.

Everyday, degrees, diplomas and certificates are being successfully earned by people of all ages and circumstances — the stay-at-home mom, people living in rural or remote areas, handicapped persons, as well as thousands of working men and women too busy to commute to a school building and sit in a stuffy classroom for a mandatory block of time – all are pursuing distance learning by computer from the comfort and convenience of their own homes.

Such students are enjoying the many advantages of higher education of their choice from accredited schools and colleges through distance learning online. Some advantages include:

o Fitting college work nicely into a busy schedule;
o Twenty-four hour access to course materials;
o Work at the time of your choosing and at your own pace.

— and all of this while continuing to work a full-time job.

As part of the distance learning program, audio lectures are often delivered through speakers or headphones. They can also be recorded and reviewed by the student at a more convenient time.

“Chat rooms” are available if you wish to discuss ideas with other students taking the same courses. Questions and comments can be addressed live to the instructor.

You can even take tests or hand in completed assignments online and have them graded and returned to you.

Such are some of the advantages and benefits of distance learning online.

It will be your responsibility to develop good work and study habits as well as to keep on top of your assignments, just as you would in any bricks-and-mortar school setting.

Finances need not be a stumbling block. Grants, loans, or other financial program tailored to suit your individual need are usually available.

So, if you are serious about carving a better future for yourself with the degree you seek, then sweep away those imaginary obstacles and further investigate distance learning online – it makes good sense!

Leading Online Schools

DeVry University offers business and technology degrees on the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, the school offers graduate level certificate programs. Headquartered in Illinois, the school allows students to work on their degree while online, at a local campus, or both. Indeed, campuses can now be found in 21 states as well as in Alberta, Canada.

Westwood College traces its roots to Denver, Colorado where it was founded in 1953 as the Denver Institute of Technology. Fifteen campuses in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas comprise the physical campus with the internet opening up the school to students around the world. Westwood offers programs in Aviation, Business, Criminal Justice, Design, Technology, Health Sciences, and Industrial Sciences.

Kaplan University is a wholly owned company of The Washington Post Company, a publisher of one the nation’s leading newspapers, The Washington Post. Kaplan’s offerings include degrees in Arts and Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Technology and Design, Nursing and Health Care, Paralegal Studies, and Financial Planning. The school offers students degrees on the Associates, Bachelors, and Masters levels as well as certificates for certain programs.

Founded in Naples, Florida in 1970 by a couple who wanted to offer a way for working adults to pursue doctoral degrees, Walden University has evolved into a large, online university offering students degrees on the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral level. Now headquartered in Minneapolis, the university features five distinct schools: School of Education, School of Management, School of Health and Human Services, School of Psychology, and the NTU School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Must know about Online College Degree

Take a moment and evaluate how much free time you really have in your personal life. After tending to your work, house chores, possibly children, and making time just to relax, how much time do you have left to study and work on assignments? This involves hours reading which can be very time consuming.

Do you have the peace and quiet necessary to read and study? Are the people in your house (spouse, children, friends, etc.) willing to give you the time and space you need? More times than none, this is the biggest problem. Everyone around you might not be willing to put there life on hold for your betterment. This is a hard reality, but when you are at home, people will be tempted to confront you with home issues that will interfere with your studies. If you were in a classroom setting, this would not be a problem. Unless you are one of those individuals you can’t turn their cell phone off.

There are now several online colleges to choose from, but how credible are they once earned? Will the college degree earned online hold any weight in the working world, or did I just put all this time and effort into a worthless piece of paper? You may want to research via online bulletin boards or websites. Even word of mouth to some extent. It’s not my place to tell you which online college is worthy, but rather to advise you to take the time to see if the college you select will get you the job that you want.

Certain online universities have government loan programs set up where you don’t have to pay back your loan if you complete your schooling. These sound great in theory, but what if you don’t complete your schooling and have to pay it back? They are usually very expensive and here’s the catch: Once you get the loan, the school gets paid in full. So they get their money no matter what, and you get stuck paying the government back the remainder of your loan for nothing in return. The online colleges are making a fortune off students under these circumstances. From information I gathered off of different online studies, the freshman dropout rate is over 25% higher for online students. The overall dropout rate is nearly equal that number.

Under most circumstances, people who say they don’t have the time to attend traditional college classes do so mainly because of family issues. Children involved and no sitter available. Unfortunately like I said earlier, the children can make it difficult to concentrate at home. I am not trying to discourage any parent in getting further education, but trying to prevent them in finding themselves in a hard financial situation because they couldn’t make it work for them. More than half the time, if you don’t have time to go to classes, you probably won’t have time to do them at home either. There have been many parents as well as other individuals who have made this work successfully though. These are just things to consider. A big convenience for most to online class is not having to partake in the social aspect of college. If you are an aging adult, sitting in class with pimple faced kids can be annoying. It can also be distracting hearing about all the parties and other gatherings that take place at school. If you have any health issues that make it difficult to leave the house, online college is a fantastic option.

About Exemplary Online Learning

The size of their operation is astonishing. They’ve developed into the largest accredited university in the United States. Here are some of the numbers they provide: more than 17,200 instructors, 163 campus locations and learning centers in 33 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and now Mexico, and over 171,600 earned degrees since 1976. They provide, naturally, world spanning online learning through the internet.

Their curriculums are developed by working with industry and business in order to provide the skills and knowledge that are in demand. Focused on providing not only the content needed by today’s professionals and businesses, they continue to upgrade their formats and methods as well as their curriculums.

An innovative program put in place by the University of Phoenix is called FlexNet. Rather than being a purely online learning experience, a portion of each course is held at a campus or learning center location. For many this feature adds a sense of personal and community involvement, giving the student a chance to interact directly with instructors and classmates.

Courses at the University of Phoenix Online are concentrated. Students need to be willing to make a serious commitment.

While online learning courses vary they tend to have certain features in common. In today’s hectic environment, the ability to flexibly schedule your hours is critically important for many prospective students. Being confined to fixed hours in a fixed location for a traditional offline course just won’t work for many. The demands of work and family too often cause missed classes.

Traditional college education may also involve taking subjects with little application to the professional’s working life. Online education can allow you complete a degree in two or three years.

In many online college environments, all your courses will be focused on your professional needs. Generally, you’ll also be able to focus on one course at a time rather than having to split your attention among several over a long period. This intensity and focus can be a significant benefit.

Since most online and distance learning is oriented toward professionals, working people, generally the materials you’ll study will be up-to-date and can be used immediately in your working environment. This combination of studying things that you can implement, materials relevant to your work, can make online learning a uniquely rewarding and pleasant way to earn a degree.

You do want to make sure that wherever you decide to study, that it is accredited and that any degree or certification in a field that requires licensure or state certification will be accepted by your state. If your employer has an educational reimbursement plan, be sure to verify that the college or university you chose will be acceptable. In some cases, part of your expenses may also be tax-deductible. Accreditation is important not only for employer acceptance, but also if you are going to seek scholarship funds to help with the cost.

Associate Degrees Online

Earn Online

Thanks to recent innovations in online education, you can earn an associate degree via the Internet. The benefits of pursuing an online degree are numerous. Online programs are often much less expensive than their campus counterparts, and you don’t have a commute to campus every day.

Flexible Scheduling

One of the most attractive advantages of online education is that most of the classes are archived online and can be streamed at your leisure. This allows you to design a schedule that fits with your current lifestyle. If you’re serious about advancing your career, you don’t have to take time off from work to reach this goal. Simply enroll today.

Different Types of Online Associate Degrees

Any one of the many available online Associate degrees can prepare you for career advancement or continued study in the field of your choice.

Job Opportunities

This type of degree demonstrates to employers that you have attained a certain level of mastery in a very specific area. Whether as a stand-alone certification or a degree that supplements your pre-existing educational qualifications, an associate degree can help you secure more positions and advance much faster than those who lack comparable certification.

Home Schooled Curriculums

Now there are basically two types of home schooled curriculums, One which will hold your hand and help you do everything and then there are those that are more independent. The hand holding type tells you exactly what to do, it will include the materials that you need to read, it will have the worksheets, the tests, the answer keys, and it will even tell you what to say when you’re teaching. Examples of these are Abecca or Bob Jones or some of the dvd or video curriculums. The disadvantages of these is that they can be rather expensive and actually that’s probably the worst, it could get kind of boring a little bit if you like to be more adventurous you might feel stifled.

The independent home schooled curriculums will give you guidelines and then you decide where to go from there. An example is unit studies such as patchwork primers and these will give you a guideline to follow. You select the books from the library or books that you already have and then you teach it in the way that you see fit. You can make up your own home schooled worksheets or tests, or you may decide that you don’t need worksheets or tests. It’s all up to you and the advantage to this is going to be much less expensive, but it’s going to require more work and a little bit more time on the part of the teacher to get all the benefits of homeschooling.