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Online Degree Alternatives-Education Beyond Brick And Mortar

It used to be that education by way of online learning or what is called distance learning or distance education was implemented as a supplement to the brick-and-mortar classroom (or conference room) teaching and learning methods and materials. But technology as it is progressive and multi-beneficial–online high school and online college courses have become sometimes viable sources of learning, without the student having to ever step foot in a classroom.

Contemporary learners taking online college courses can benefit in a number of ways that they otherwise could not, having no way to get to school, for example, or having no desire to attend an institution of higher learning. They might have children, a home, and one or more jobs that keep them from physically enrolling in or attending classes at a campus that might be too far away.

These individuals can make use of online college courses that feature lectures, video, audio, email, IMs, instant messages, bulletin boards and chat rooms, and online study and research sources that all comprise the online college courses rather than serve as supplements to them.

For the home-schooled, the advanced placement high school student, for instance, who is now into levels that reach online college courses levels, the benefits of choice, segregation, or integration are available to those who prefer a particular curriculum that is religiously oriented or carefully monitored.

And for anyone, online college courses are equal opportunity for anyone of any race, creed, color, religion, location, learning ability or disability, or mindset can find the materials, sources, and lessons he or she needs or wants, many times accredited and transferable.

In the same respect, before applying, signing up, and paying, the learner who seeks legitimate online college courses should do a little background checking to protect him or herself from the beguiling and conniving that does sometimes happen. Some offering online college courses and other online courses are not qualified to do so. Some are not accredited. That is, if you are looking to use the online learning experience as credited coursework (to transfer, to get a job, to get a degree), be sure that the online college is one which meets the standards set by the states, provinces, or countries accreditation body, agency, or board. In the U.S., for instance, the Department of Education (the DOE) oversees and regulates American universities, though each state is responsible for its own higher learning authorization standards.

This can be an arduous task by itself: unscrupulous and greedy money mongers can be “licensed” to run a business (in this case, the business of running a degree mill, a fake college)–because every state has different ways of regulating standards, and because con artists and scammers claiming to be legitimate e-universities will link their pages to the real sites of DOE or of the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), so when you are looking for an online degree you might be tricked.

You might read the website’s claim of being accredited or will infer from the official links or the way the text is worded, in lies, or implications, that the institution is accredited when it is not will pay unreasonably high fees, will sign the necessary and official-looking documents, but then will be required to do very little work and will graduate online with a bogus degree.

So if you are looking into online college courses, the best way to go is through a legitimate college. And even then, if you are unsure, look for the distance learning college accreditation info. Or ask directly about it. When the said distance learning institution names an accreditation agency whether it is DOE or CHEA in the U.S., The British Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in England, a named Private Colleges Accreditation Board in Canada, or any other Authoritative body’s contact that named agency and check to see that the college is in fact accredited, NOT just licensed to do business.


USDA Seeks Public Comment On Distance Learning And Telemedicine Programs

Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced that USDA will facilitate a virtual discussion for individuals interested in the field of telemedicine. The Power of Telemedicine web discussion is an extension of the USDA’s Open Government effort and Rural Development’s latest effort to encourage a more widespread use and understanding of telemedicine.

“The Obama Administration believes that all Americans, including those in remote, rural areas, deserve quality health care and every child, including those in rural America deserves a world-class education,” Tonsager said. “USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program provides quality health care and access to education in communities across rural America. Telemedicine has grown steadily over the past decade and your input is crucial as a stakeholder in the health information technologies field.”

The Power of Telemedicine discussion will encourage the exchange of information, innovations and success stories involving the varied uses of telemedicine. This information is essential as Rural Development examines the Distance Learning and Telemedicine program (DLT) and works to improve program delivery to telemedicine practitioners, patients, institutions and others affected by this cutting-edge technology.

Starting today, Rural Development is encouraging individuals, organizations, and professionals in the telemedicine community to contribute feedback and ideas on a series of questions provided for discussion. Please visit the USDA’s Open website and discover the conversation by searching “telemedicine” or browse for the latest discussion threads.

Since 1993, the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program has funded more than 900 projects in 48 states and several U.S. territories, totaling more than $300 million. The program is designed to provide rural residents with innovative and affordable learning and health care opportunities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $140 billion in loans and loan guarantees. To access the discussion site go here.

E-learning- Delivering Knowledge beyond Barriers of Time and Distance

In the present times internet plays a significant role in daily lives of people. The global reach it provides to the users has made it possible to educate people living far and wide. This has made it feasible to provide e-learning to people in a very cost-effective manner. The students are no longer at a disadvantage due to time and distance. The web world has made is possible for students to override these drawbacks easily and connect with instructors electronically.

The online learning is a highly flexible process that can be divided into four broad categories. They are:

  • Individualized online
  • Individualized offline
  • Synchronous group based
  • Asynchronous group based

The individual or group of people can easily pace their learning process according to their own convenience as it gives them flexibility of time and place. They can easily fit into their distance learning schedule in their daily lives. This is an internet or intranet based, mode of education and provides many advantages that are mentioned below.

  • E-learning cuts cost and time
  • It provides  a vast customer base on a global level
  • It provides a common delivery platform for the same content that is presented to different people in a same way
  • The content is highly accurate as it is updated on a regular basis. This feature also helps in quick distribution of new information to all people.
  • As more and more people are using web, distance learning is becoming highly acceptable mode of education, today.
  • It helps the student to gauge his or her progress, maintain a record of what is achieved and carry out self analysis of knowledge gained.

E-learning is a boon to the students has it allows them to overcome the barriers of time and distance, easily. Educational institutions can also reach wide audience without spending on and maintaining costly infrastructure. In the end online learning is beneficial to both providers and receivers.

E-learning is gaining importance as it considerably reduces overheads for the organisation.

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