Showing posts with label Online degree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online degree. Show all posts

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Is It Time To Go Back To School?

Harkness Tower, situated in the Memorial Quadr...
Harkness Tower, situated in the Memorial Quadrangle at Yale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There is a Chinese proverb that says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time is now." This applies to most other endeavors that have been postponed for one reason or another as we made our way through life. Many of us wish that we could have finished that masters degree, completed that doctorate, or maybe even taken a different course altogether. Being 50 years old and above doesn't mean that these dreams are now out of reach. In fact, it may be the perfect time to go back to school and learn new things in preparation for retirement. 

The Rise of Online Courses 

A lot of older people would love to return to their university but several things get in the way. Their work schedules may not permit them to attend regular sessions unless night or weekend classes are available. Even then the load may prove too much for their health and well-being. Some may be fit enough to work and study at the same time but are not that comfortable with the thought of being the oldest person in class. It's a good thing that technology has evolved to the extent that courses may be offered online and taken at the student's leisure. 

Take a Dip in MOOCs 

Those who crave for knowledge but are not ready to commit to full degree can ease into it via Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs. These have only been in existence for a few short years but they have already attracted millions of students across the globe. They are typically short courses that last from 4 to 12 weeks dealing with various subjects ranging from arts to engineering. The professors are some of the most brilliant minds at well-known institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Duke and Harvard. Hundreds are available to the public for free. 

Taking these subjects will not result in a formal degree though a few may be accepted for credits at select universities. A lot of them offer certificates of completion as an acknowledgement of the student's efforts. There are several sites to choose from and each has its own methods. Usually, short video lectures are uploaded on a weekly basis and people view or download them from the site. There may be weekly quizzes and assignments. A few only have a final exam at the end of the course. Professors set the weight of each requirement as well as standard for passing the course. Students can interactive on the class forum or on social media. 

Plunge Head On with Online Degrees 

Should the MOOC experience prove successful and the student feels ready to take on a greater challenge, a variety of online degrees can be acquired through universities that have embraced this mode of instruction. The subjects are generally harder and more comprehensive than those found in MOOCs. There is a higher level of expectations when it comes to involvement in discussions and the quality of the academic work. After all, these lead to the conferment of a proper bachelors or masters degree. The time commitment is also more intense but still flexible. Some may be conducted entirely online while others require face time with the professor every now and then. 

In many ways, the age of 50 is the perfect time to return to school. The career is already stable, the finance is in order, and the children are old enough to take care of themselves. Celebrate this milestone by embarking on an endeavor that could lead to fantastic opportunities down the road. It could be the start of an exciting new life. 

Author Bio 
Ryan Ayers is a writer who creates informative articles in relation to education. In this article, he explains a few benefits of online degrees and aims to encourage further study with an online master of education degree.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Udemy Makes Online Learning Easy

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Image via CrunchBase
Udemy, an online education platform, offers a glimpse of the future. I recently spent an entertaining morning exploring this site, and was impressed by the scope of their offerings: over 1000 courses in topics that range from geeky like "Microsoft PowerPoint 2010" to artistic "Karl Taylor's FREE Photography Course" with over 17266 students.

Lets look at the details, the fundamental idea driving Udemy is uncomplicated: the site makes it easy to both take and offer classes (free and paid).

The most introductory courses consist only of video lectures. The more innovative courses mix video lectures with workbooks, samples, and sometimes audio that can be downloaded to your iPod.

All the courses I sampled provide lifetime access (once you buy the course, the material is yours forever) and a 30-day guarantee (a sign of confidence given that 30 days is enough to watch all the material for most courses).

The program is smartly arranged so that you can access your courses from any Internet-connected device, and the user interface is crisp and intuitive.

Summary: As the education model continues to be rewritten, there will be lots of sites trying to match students with teachers. Udemy’s advantage is that they’re taking the time to get the details right.

A few sample courses of the 1000's available, both free and paid.

Be a better photographer.

Become a better photographer by Bernie Raffe AMPA

Learn QuickBooks to manage your business

QuickBooks Pro 2012 Training by Simon Sez IT

Take a free photography course

Karl Taylor s FREE Photography Course by Karl Taylor

Udemy has so many course that you can use to increase your knowledge. Check one out today.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Online Education Balances Work and Career Opportunities

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online education. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Online education has exploded, students are learning that online degrees are becoming more accepted by potential employers like traditional university degrees . According to many companies, online education is continually gaining more respect as it establishes itself in academia and the workplace. 

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal says in the past many businesses were not familiar with online degrees. Today, this opinion is fading because many mainline universities are offering MBA's, Masters of Public Administration online , and other Master's degrees online. 

A recent study by the Online Journal of Nursing Administration shows that Health providers are becoming more accepting of web based degrees. The need for employees to have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, required for their employment, is not being satisfied by the regular university system. Their findings show that the time commitment required when attending a traditional university can not be integrated into a health care workers long hours. The time constraints of a full time job and the many duties that a family and home life require put an employees time at a premium. So nurses are converting their RN to BSN online degree.

Today's health care providers see present employees, who have gone through online degree programs benefiting from their online education. It is becoming apparent that the training they have received has made a them valuable members of the team. Companies also responded that their opinion of a potential employee with an online degree five years ago would of put that persons resume to the bottom of the pile, but not today.

One of the managers major concerns are that when you take courses online you do not have a way to use your social interaction skills that are necessary in a business environment. Sitting in front of a computer in your pajamas doing your course work can not be transferred to a dynamic work environment. Hiring managers have this opinion and it's something the employee has to think about when being interviewed.

Not all health care providers see the benefits of taking entire degree courses online. They do give much credence to already working employees adding additional degrees like a nursing or a bachelor of science degree to an employees credentials through online learning. There still is a prejudice against online colleges. The advancement of online degrees has made it's way into the systems of many state colleges. Every year you see the technology of delivering complete degrees through online programs becoming better. Today's online education system is changing rapidly every year which will greatly benefit both health care providers and employees.

The online student has to keep in mind the views hiring managers have. When taking your course work it is imperative that you work toward receiving the highest possible grades and while you're attending your online school you should continue to work so as to have even more job experience when finally going for an interview after you receive your online degree.

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