Aug 31st, 2005
Katie Robbins offers some helpful advice over at Distance Educator about how to perform well in online courses.
Taking distance education courses requires more motivation and self discipline than traditional college classes. Being able to work at your own pace can result in you falling behind on your work, if you're not self directed. Organization is the most important factor for success in online studies.
Attend the orientation and any study sessions offered by the university, if at all possible. Instructors offer valuable information in these sessions. Utilize on campus resources such as the college library and computer lab. Many schools offer online resources, such as online libraries and tutoring for distance learning students. Take advantage of all resources your school has to offer to get the most out of your education.
Create a schedule with regular times for studying and stick to your schedule. If you are taking more than one class, get a large calendar. Listing all exam and assignment due dates on this calendar makes a great visual aid to help with time management. You can schedule how much time you will spend on each class based on this information. If you have a large paper due this week in one class and an exam next week in another, you can schedule your study time accordingly.More from Katie can be found at DegreeClick.
Aug 28th, 2005
From the Asian Pacific Post:
Ever dreamed of studying at Harvard?
The dream is now a possibility.
Harvard' s Distance Education program allows students living anywhere in the world to experience the world-class university through a number of courses available via the Internet.
Lectures conducted on campus are videotaped, then made available online along with other course-related material.
Local students have the added flexibility of attending lectures in person or watching them online and frequently enjoy the benefits of doing both.
Aug 26th, 2005
From Business Week …
A new publication, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Your MBA Online, praises numerous features of Capella University's online MBA program. In particular, author George Lorenzo cites Capella's "innovative Professional Effectiveness Coaching core," which pairs learners with professional business coaches who help them apply their new knowledge to their current positions and develop and implement career plans.
One of Lorenzo's top criteria for choosing an online MBA program is a "strong focus on gaining practical knowledge that you can immediately use in your workplace." Capella's coaching program is specifically designed to achieve this aim, says barbara Butts Williams, director of Capella's online MBA program, who is quoted in the book: "The intent of the personal coaching relationship is to help learners stretch their skills in key areas of performance improvement and apply what they learn right away, so they can demonstrate an impact on results within their organizations and help reposition themselves for success."
Capella's focus on competency-based learning is also cited in the book, along with its "sophisticated online admission process" and its online Career Center, which provides job-search and career-advancement information, as well as an "Ask a Career Counselor" email service. "Career services is one area of online MBA programs where students generally lose out," says Lorenzo, before offering Capella's Career Center as an example of some of the few "very sophisticated career-development services" offered by online programs.
Aug 23rd, 2005
From Forbes.com …
Online study doesn't mean a second-rate degree when it comes to earning an M.B.A.
Many mid-career adults find that online study allows them to balance a family and a job with pursuit of an advanced degree, while holding down costs.
"Some people have a negative perception of what it means to get an M.B.A. online," says George Lorenzo, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Getting Your M.B.A. Online. "It requires a great deal of self-discipline, and the degree you earn from any regionally accredited institution online is the same degree you'd earn on campus–and the diploma doesn't say you earned it online."
A survey by the United Bank of Switzerland Investment Research found that the number of students pursuing an M.B.A. online was second only to those seeking an advanced degree in education and equal to the number of students studying for a degree in computer science.
More on this story and other aspects of online education at The Online Learning Update, and Accepted Admissions Almanac.
Aug 22nd, 2005
Business Week asks the question – do online MBAs make the grade?
Many of the online MBA programs are well-regarded and offer a way for busy people, such as Bolger, to get advanced education without having to sidetrack a career for a year or two. But, as in many growing fields, cautions abound. Concerns about "diploma mills," or substandard institutions without proper accreditation that offer degrees with little or no serious work, are growing.
"There are now more fake online MBA programs in the U.S. than real ones," says Vicky Phillips, founder and CEO of GetEducated.com, a Web site that evaluates accredited online degree programs and educates consumers about them. "It's an area that's ripe for consumer fraud."
Diploma mills range from those practising outright deceit — like St. Regis University, which falsely asserted Liberian government approval and was closed by court order in June, 2005 — to organizations that require only a modicum of work for a degree, says Alan Contreras, administrator of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, a state organization that approves individual degree programs. "In the case of diploma mills, I call the schools 'suppliers' and the degree-holders 'users' because the educational component is often minimal," notes Contreras.
More good analysis here at The Online Degree Blog, and Accepted Admissions Almanac .
Aug 20th, 2005
From Finanzen.net …
As interest in online education continues to grow, DeVryUniversity announced it will begin offering two new degree programs inthe growing networking field through DeVry University Online. Abachelor's degree program in network and communications management andan Associate Degree program in network systems administration will beavailable for the September 2005 term.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2002-2012 employmentprojections, networking is the second fastest growing occupation inthe United States, with networking jobs expected to increase by 57percent.
"Networking is in demand because it cuts across every industry,"said Steven P. Riehs, vice president and general manager of DeVryUniversity Online. "Graduates of these programs will be able to tapinto career opportunities that exist in fields such as health care,retail, entertainment, and telecommunications, among many others."
Aug 18th, 2005
A story on Kaplan Online University at the Miami Herald:
Signs displaying Kaplan University's name and its flaming-torch logo not only adorn the top of its four-story building in Fort Lauderdale, they're ubiquitous inside — even carved into the wood floors.
But you won't find any classrooms, chalkboards, professors or backpack-toting students here.
Save for its only campus in Davenport, Iowa, all of Kaplan University's classes are taught over the Internet. With 21,000 students — up from 264 in 2001, Kaplan has become one of the nation's larger online institutions in less than five years.
Aug 9th, 2005
From the Boston Globe …
Professors at MIT have decided to teach physics in Thailand, organic chemistry in Azerbaijan, and modern poetry in Bangladesh–and that's just for starters. As part of the university's OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, MIT wants to make every one of its 1,800 courses available for free to anyone in the world with an Internet connection by 2007. There are already more than 1,100 MIT courses online (ocw.mit.edu), which can be used by anybody for nonprofit purposes who agrees to properly cite the original author.
Aug 8th, 2005
From the New York Times …
AT a June orientation briefing for parents at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, talk turned quickly to technology. Five students had given up their Sunday afternoon to address issues that the fretful parents might have had about sending their children to college – finding a balance between study and fun, Greek life, campus safety, binge drinking. But many parents had other questions: which operating system is best; is a laptop or desktop preferable; how good is the wireless access; and is it necessary to bring a printer?
Aug 6th, 2005
These tips are from American Public University about how to be successful in an online education program.
More than 3 million adult learners will study online this fall — maybe even you. How can you successfully finish your courses and continue to earn your degree?
"There are common mistakes many students make — whether they study online or attend traditional 'brick and mortar' universities," says Dr. Frank McCluskey, provost of American Public University System ( http://www.apus.edu ), which serves more than 12,000 online learners worldwide. "Unfortunately, these mistakes can stand in the way of career advancement."
McCluskey — who has received an excellence in online teaching award from the Sloan Consortium, a group committed to quality distance education — offers these top five tips for success:
1. Manage time effectively2. Make time for family3. Create a good study environment4. Make the most of your university community5. Value the journeyMore at the Online Learning Update.