Online Degree Education - AdvantagesWritten by Katie Robbins
Distance education has been getting a lot of attention lately, but it isn't new. Correspondence courses have been around for over a century, allowing students to complete assignments and mail them to an instructor for feedback. Advances in technology have presented more opportunities in distance education. Classes can be taken through telecourses and internet.
Family and job related responsibilities make it difficult for many people to attend traditional college classes. Distance education makes it possible to complete degree requirements, while attending to other responsibilities. Online programs eliminate need for long commutes and allow work to be completed according to your schedule. You will still have opportunity to interact with instructor and other classmates.
Distance education is available in a variety of forms. Telecourses come with video taped lessons and lectures, which you watch on you home television. Assignments are then completed and mailed to instructor. Online courses allow you to complete coursework on computer and email assignments to your instructor. Message boards and chats with other students add to experience. Video conference classes are held at one site with instructor at another location. Students and instructor interact through two way television.
Some colleges offer programs that don't require you to travel to campus at all. Other programs require you to attend an orientation at beginning of semester and may meet once or twice throughout semester. Brief residency programs require students to attend a weekend long session at start of every semester. After this initial meeting, you complete coursework on your own. In some programs, all courses are offered online. In other programs, you may have to take some of courses on campus.
Online College Programs - How to ApplyWritten by Katie Robbins
The first step to getting your online degree is to apply to colleges. Research several colleges offering degree program you need. Once you have decided on a school, you are ready to begin application process. While requirements may vary slightly, most colleges have similar processes. You will need to fill out an application, either online or on paper. Check with university for application deadlines. Just about all schools charge an application fee; these fees are usually small.
You will need to include any supporting documentation required by school where you are applying. You will find this information included with application. All schools require original transcripts from all schools previously attended. This will include both high school and college transcripts. A few schools look for college preparatory courses in high school. Send your requests early to allow enough time for transcripts to arrive at college. Some schools will require SAT test scores and immunization records as well.
You will have to meet admission requirements of college you will be attending. The requirements vary by school and in some cases can be different based on your major. Be sure to check with university to determine requirements. Many schools have a minimum SAT score requirement for admission, although some waive this for some programs or for non traditional students. Non traditional students are defined as older students who have been out of high school for at least five years and have work experience. Students transferring from other institutions are in this category as well.
Many schools require students pass placement tests prior to registering for classes. These tests usually have English, math and writing components. This is to determine if potential students have reading, writing and math skills necessary to succeed in college. If you don't pass one of placement tests, you may be required to take remedial courses prior to starting your degree; this is not unusual for people returning to school after many years. Graduate programs will usually require additional testing, such as Graduate Record Exam (GRE).