Nowadays, more and more Colleges and Universities offer online degree programs with subject areas varying from business to nursing, and degrees varying from Bachelor to Masters, and PhDs. Online degree programs enable busy people to pursue their degree from their own places and at their own pace.
At the same time, taking advantage of the rapid growth and high demand in online degree programs, unaccredited Online Universities have introduced many fake online degree programs. Mistakenly earning a fake; and hence unworthy online degree, definitely will not add any value to your educational journey. Thus, if you are considering online Universities for your degree or career training, there are a few important points to consider in choosing your online degree offers by an Online University. This article will lists down 8 of them for your reference.
8 Important Tips To Choose The Best Online University
- How long has the Online University been established?
While a short educational history is not a red flag, a long-standing position in the educational committee is a sign of institutional security and reputability.
- Is the Online University accredited?
Accreditation ensures a basic level of quality in the education you receive from the Institution. It also ensures that your online degree will reflect a true and fair view of your performance and capabilities. Most potential employers review the job applicant’s educational history to make sure that he/she has received his/her education from a college, university, or program with accreditation. If your degree, diploma, or certificate comes from an Institution without accreditation, it could hurt your chances of your future career.
- What is the institution’s financial history/current position?
Beware of fly-by-night operations that may not be in business the next year!
- What other expenses are associated with your selected online degree course?
Many online degree programs may require you to attend some hours of physical classes or lab works. Thus, the online Universities may charge you additional fees such as technology or lab fees.
- Does the coursework of your selected online degree program meet your educational goal?
Taking irrelevant courses may waste you both time and money. Ask for a detailed list of coursework and review it against your educational goal before you decide to sign up.
- How current is the course material?
Ask for a list of current textbooks or other learning materials to ensure they are up-to-date and relevant.
- What technological support is available to you as an online student?
Online Universities normally have a webpage for the student which allows him/her to login and view the coursework status and the assignment submission, to access online library and other resources, and to get assistance when needed. Check with online University on these related information.
- What student services are available to online students?
Full advising, student recruitment, and tutoring services may or may not be available to long-distance learners. Get this information from the Online Universities since it is important to know how and what kind of support you will have as an online student.
To conclude, get as much information you can and review it to see whether the Institution is truthful in its advertising and the program meets your education needs and career goal.
An e-learning specialist with core expertise in educational technologies. He received his Master’s degree in computer science from University of Western Australia. Aditya Pullagurla also blogs on a broad range of subjects for online e-learning magazines, he also set himself up as a freelance e-learning consultant for work place training. Aditya Pullagurla continues to progress his passion for e-learning and his enthusiasm in learning technologies. He is also very interested in networking, collaboration and outsourcing. He currently resides in Sydney and can be contacted at his email [email protected]