The Benefits of Online Education
Education The benefits of online education stretch far beyond mere convenience. Mediaplanet talked to a recent graduate to debunk the myths surrounding distance learning.
“I don’t have time to get my degree; I’m too busy!”
You can log into many online programs anytime, anywhere. That flexibility can be a key factor when deciding your educational future. You can advance your career without sacrificing other important obligations, like work and family. With the traditional on-campus route, it can be a struggle to maintain that balance.
“Online programs are not quality programs.”
There are many accredited universities with online degree programs. By choosing a regionally accredited institution, you can feel confident that its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances and resources meet or exceed standards set forth by the accreditation association. It’s reassuring to know that you will receive the same quality of education online as you would sitting in a classroom.
“I have a lot of experience, but I don’t have that ‘piece of paper.’”
Your experience is valuable. Many institutions offer credit through prior learning assessment, professional certifications or work/life experience. Be sure to mention these proficiencies to your admission rep when you are considering a school.
“The faculty that teach online are not as good as the faculty teaching on campus.”
Quality institutions employ faculty members with advanced degrees who also bring significant professional experience to the classroom. Many present regularly at professional events and academic conferences around the world. Often, they also have experience as an online student and can relate to the challenges that students face.
"Your experience is valuable. Many institutions offer credit through prior learning assessment, professional certifications or work/life experience."
“I could never afford to get my degree.”
Financial assistance is often available to help with the overall cost. Many employers offer tuition assistance, and grants and scholarships are available as well. Your admission rep can help you explore those options during the application process. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average annual income for those with a bachelor’s degree is $15,000 higher than someone with a high school diploma; with a master’s degree, that edge increases to $29,200. You can’t afford not to get your degree.
“I heard that you have to spend a weekend every semester on campus.”
There are many programs offered 100 percent online without residency requirements – you’ll never need to travel to campus. This opens up an entire world of opportunity.
“I’ll never get to know my professors or my classmates with online courses.”
Students experience great personal connections with their professors and classmates through interactive components of the coursework, group projects and more. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the extent of personal interaction with classmates and professors.
“I just don’t think I can do this by myself.”
Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Reputable institutions offer support every step of the way, from inquiry to graduation. Guidance is always as close as an e-mail or a phone call. Look for schools that provide a personal advisor, extensive tech support, and more. You have the right to expect great service after the sale – you don’t have to go it alone.
“Life is too unpredictable. What if I get started, but then have to stop for a while?”
Choosing a non-cohort program allows you to attend the semesters you select. Knowing you have the option to take a semester off reassures you that life’s unpredictability won’t get in the way of your success. With the right program, you have the opportunity to choose your destiny.