Is there a difference between distance learning and online learning?
Distance Learning refers to the varied ways in which education may be delivered to students in remote locations. It can be done through online degree programs, correspondence courses, CD-ROM education and so on
An online degree program is one option under the broader category of distance education. Students who own or have access to a computer can pursue an online degree by completing coursework via the Internet. Online courses give students the freedom to work from the comfort and convenience of their homes
Can you trust online degrees?
Yes, if they are accredited by recognized accrediting agency. In 2009, a meta-study from the US Department of Education found that students taking online courses outperformed their peers in traditional classrooms. In addition, the growth in the number of online degrees moved from 32.5% in 2002 to 62.4% in 2012. Furthermore, online degrees are accredited by the same accrediting agencies like degrees in traditional institutions.
What are the benefits of Online Learning?
• Choice – The ability to choose from a wide range of Colleges and Universities, enabling the student to be able to find the types of programmes which best suits his/her learning style and career needs.
• Networking Opportunities – Increased ability to connect with peers not just across states but also globally.
• Time and Money – Significant time and money can be saved as commuting time is eliminated, which gives extra time which can be used for studying and extra money to purchase better equipment.
• Flexibility – Allows for the student to work at his/her pace and during times and setting most convenient to them.
• Technology – The use of chatrooms, collaborative projects, message boards, podcasting, and web conferencing improve interactivity in classes and so help to further enhance the learning process.
What is MOOC?
Massive Open Online Courses are courses, which are conducted for the most part by reputable professors from a number of major universities, and in some cases, they are sponsored by the university themselves.
These courses however are not accredited, and persons enrolled in them should be advised that they would not get transfer of credits if they decide to enroll in a face-to-face degree programme.