Advantages and Advice About Online Degrees

Written by Larry Denton

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Demand isrepparttar second force propellingrepparttar 136005 substantial growth of online degree programs. Many students, particularly adults, just want to finish their higher education as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. People learn at different rates and in many different ways. Most traditional college classes are geared towardrepparttar 136006 average learner, which means that some people get left behind, while others quickly get bored. Online courses allow students to set their own pace, so that they getrepparttar 136007 most value out ofrepparttar 136008 classes they take.

An online college degree is more important than ever for several reasons. First, employers feel that we are presently in an employer's market. This means, simply, that there are more workers than jobs atrepparttar 136009 moment and consequentlyrepparttar 136010 employers can be more selective inrepparttar 136011 individuals they hire.

Secondly, jobs which payrepparttar 136012 highest salaries are those that arerepparttar 136013 most specialized. Specialized occupations require more training/education, primarily because these jobs requirerepparttar 136014 manipulation of facts, figures and technology.

Another factor driving people to obtain online degrees isrepparttar 136015 indisputable fact thatrepparttar 136016 current jobs inrepparttar 136017 U.S. are becoming more and more service oriented. These jobs have relatively low wages and are labeled as "unskilled" work. Thus, to prepare yourself to qualify for a job paying higher wages, you need to retool or learn new skills and competencies.

Finally, we now live in a global economy which demands higher prices for homes, automobiles, utilities, medical care, andrepparttar 136018 like, without actually providing enough gainful employment opportunities. If you want to increase, restructure or enhance your wage earning abilities, an online degree is, indeed, a good place to begin.

The best online college let students apply past college credit and even relevant work experience towards their online degree programs. Some employers will even sharerepparttar 136019 costs of your online education, because they appreciate your desire to improve your job skills--without leaving your job.

Online degrees have become widespread because we want them, and we need them. Investigate what an online degree can do for you. Search for a degree that interests you. Do some comparative research onrepparttar 136020 Web, then enroll inrepparttar 136021 classes and receive your online degree in a few short months. You'll be glad you did!

Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently V.P. of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing valuable information on a variety of timely topics. For a computer room full of advice, resources and suggestions about online degrees, visit

Quality Schools

Written by Kim Olver

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For students to have freedom, they must have choices. They must not be bogged down in rules and regulations. When students have choices, they wonít haverepparttar need to create destructive choices of their own.

In school, learning should be fun. Learning is always fun whenrepparttar 135828 learning is useful andrepparttar 135829 students want to learn what is being taught. Imagine students having fun learning! Isnít thatrepparttar 135830 dream of teachers everywhere? When your students are having fun, you do too.

I know this sounds like an impossible task but there are many schools doing just that with training in Dr. William Glasserís Choice Theory. Creating a need-satisfying environment is what actually eliminates discipline problems. If someone has a legitimate, appropriate way to get his/her needs met, then there is no reason to create discipline problems.

Switching courses over to a competency-based approach is critical torepparttar 135831 Quality School concept. Students are not permitted to get credit for less than B work and they have opportunities to improve their work until it meetsrepparttar 135832 minimum standard for a B. Concepts are taught in such a way that reducesrepparttar 135833 need for memorizing facts that can be found in any encyclopedia or text.

This and more speaks torepparttar 135834 second condition of quality that students will only be asked to do useful work. It isrepparttar 135835 teacherís job to convince students that what they are being asked to do is useful inrepparttar 135836 real world. If you are successful in that endeavor, you will have willing students. Wouldnít that make your job more enjoyable for you?

The final condition of quality is self-evaluation. Students are asked to grade their own work. There are two essential items that must be met in order to get accurate self-evaluations from students. First, they must have no fear thatrepparttar 135837 teacher or anyone else will hurt them with an honest self-evaluation. Second, there must be a clear rubric in place that will give students a model against which to compare their own work.

Self-evaluation does not replacerepparttar 135838 need ofrepparttar 135839 teacher or teacherís aide (another student already judged to be competent in that particular area) from corroboratingrepparttar 135840 studentís self-evaluation. Students are not punished for less than competent work. Rather they are shown where their work is lacking and givenrepparttar 135841 opportunity to fix it. This, again, is a skill that is seen everyday inrepparttar 135842 real world. Rarely do people actually loss their jobs for substandard work. They are told what is wrong and asked to fix it.

Of course this is just a thumb nail sketch of what is necessary to become a Quality School but if you or anyone you know is interested in learning more, visit and check our calendar for upcoming teleclasses, chats and workshops.

Kim Olver is a licensed professional counselor and a life/relationship coach. She helps people unleash their personal power by living from the inside out, focusing their time and energy on only those things they can control. She also helps people improve the quality of their relationships with the important people in their lives.

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