E Learning: Why Choose Online Education?

Written by John Thompson

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There are no travel costs involved with online education and no travel time whatsoever. The only time you will need to dedicate to your learning will berepparttar time you spend studying and any trips torepparttar 147802 library or other institution you may need.

Many jobs and careers demand a good working knowledge ofrepparttar 147803 Internet, and by completing your course online you are already many steps closer to that end. You will have excellent knowledge on Internet research; always being able to findrepparttar 147804 information that is useful to you.

There are some factors you should consider when deciding whether to opt for online education or a more traditional classroom education. You will need a reasonably up to date PC, together with an Internet Connection. Fortunately, computer prices have dropped in recent years, so you can get a capable PC for little more than $300. If you consider using Ebay or buying a refurbished PC then you can reduce this price even more. Donít forget, you will need a printer, operating software, word processing software and an Internet connection but againrepparttar 147805 price of these has dropped dramatically.

If you donít have much working knowledge of a computer orrepparttar 147806 Internet you will need to find your way around at first and this can seem a daunting task forrepparttar 147807 beginner. Donít panic, just stick with it and buy yourself (or borrow from friends orrepparttar 147808 library) books on how to userepparttar 147809 software you are going to need. Once onlinerepparttar 147810 Internet has all of this information at hand, andrepparttar 147811 world becomes your playground.

A summary of online education.

Online education can help all people from all walks of like gainrepparttar 147812 education they want to better themselves or to advance inrepparttar 147813 career they already have. Whether you are a working parent or an unemployed bachelor, there are courses available for you to complete through online education.

Online education offers many benefits and few pitfalls when compared torepparttar 147814 more traditional Ďclassroomí approach but you should carefully consider your options before jumping in.

There are costs associated with virtually all online education courses but these are usually little more thanrepparttar 147815 costs to study at a college and when you consider that there are no travelling expenses and no extra living costs, you may find online education to be a much more financially viable option.

©2005 John Thompson

John Thompson is editor of http://www.e-learning-resources.com , an web resource for online education and e-learning.

Does Voice Over IP Telephony Spell The End For Traditional Telephones?

Written by Nick Carter

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Is VoIP available for me to use now?

Companies like Vonage, VoicePulse and Packet8 are already offering flat monthly fees for their VoIP services meaning you can call anywhere inrepparttar country (sometimes even to other selected countries aroundrepparttar 147801 world) and only ever pay one flat monthly fee.

Vonage offer a service for $24.99 a month that allows you to call anywhere inrepparttar 147802 US or Canada. They also offer similar plans for small businesses.

Are there any disadvantages to VoIP?

VoIP, as a technology, is still in itís infancy and new developments are being found every day. However, there are limitations torepparttar 147803 service andrepparttar 147804 technology which need to be addresses before it can become a complete replacement for your standard phone line.

Becauserepparttar 147805 Internet knows no geographic boundaries it means that, for example, callingrepparttar 147806 emergency services would not necessarily put you through to your local emergency dispatch centre.

In addition, you canít send or receive faxes and you canít route traditional modems, alarm systems or satellite systems through your VoIP connection, because they require access to a voice grade phone line. Forrepparttar 147807 moment VoIP is a compliment to your traditional phone line, rather than a replacement, until these problems can be ironed out.


The advent ofrepparttar 147808 Internet and improved telephone technology has seenrepparttar 147809 introduction of VoIP. It means you can make phone calls through your broadband connection; this in turn means that for a set monthly fee you can call anywhere in your country and selected international countries for as long as required and only pay one flat monthly fee.

The advantages of VoIP are still significant for homes and business users alike. Big businesses are already saving substantial money by installing IP networks and using VoIP protocol to transfer voice data. This essentially makesrepparttar 147810 calls themselves free, only having to pay forrepparttar 147811 Internet connection andrepparttar 147812 monthly VoIP fee.

VoIP looks like itís here to stay. Asrepparttar 147813 technology rolls out, itís impact can only become greater.

© 2005 Nick Carter

Nick Carter is editor for www.voice-over-ip-insider.com , a key web resource for VOIP information.

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