JEE Main: Ensuring future

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believe- in-yourself   JEE Main reaching its culmination, it is time for the aspirants to wait for the result. Soon the result will be out and there will be many who would rejoice and simultaneously some will silently either turn their ways or start preparing for the next time. Those who took the exam know what result they are going to get. But ultimately, result is result and until it is declared, nothing can be stated with certainty. There are many who are confident that they will top the merit list. There are also some candidates who know that they will not be able to get their names in the merit list. Others are in confusion whether the result will be positive or negative. Those who are confident, they are now preparing to tread the further road in life. They are busy arranging funds and making preparations to relocate to some new and quaint places. Those who are confident of their failure must start working to mend the ways of their life. They must learn from their errors and resolve not to commit the same mistakes again. Were the questions of JEE Main quite tough? Was it easier than the previous year examinations or more difficult with the increased level of complexities? The opinions vary from person to person. High level entrance-examinations like JEE are always tough and it is the only way that the talent can be identified. Why do you think for some it was difficult? Well, the answer is that they were either less smart or lacked proper preparation. In such examinations, being intelligent alone does not suffice. Often the average candidates score well and the so called intelligent ones lag behind. Tough exams always call for rigorous practice and preparation. So those who consistently work hard, get success and those considering themselves extraordinarily over-smart, regret a lot in their life. There are also some candidates who fail even after working hard to the extent of using all their energy and strength. Why do you think it happens? Isn’t the Divinity with them? You should understand that hard work may be the key to success, but hard work alone is not always sufficient to guarantee success. Hard work is mandatory for success, but this should be guided in the right direction. You may work hard, but the things you exert your efforts on may not be the appropriate ones. You need to press the accelerator and not the brake if you wish to increase the speed of your car. So, you should work hard, but it should also be a smart work. Right thing must be done in the right time and in a right manner. The result of JEE Main will open the door to bright future for many and meanwhile it will also cause tears in many hearts. The result will also compel many to learn a tough lesson to survive and progress in life. Those aspiring to appear in JEE 2014 must not procrastinate to move towards practice and preparation. The mistakes may be made by some, but everyone has the opportunity to learn from them. Author’s Bio: The article is contributed by Amritpal Singh, who is working in Pioneer Mathematics an Internet marketing Expert. Pioneer Mathematics is first of its kind a unique portal of mathematics, containing each and every thing that a student can need to study & excel in mathematics. It will not only HELP you but also PREPARE you for all the national & international level examinations like JEE MAIN. Pioneer website has been launched on the basis of long teaching experience .This is an indispensable tool designed to help you excel in the exams.  

Which business diploma is right for me?

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The choice of the professional career is the most difficult, yet most important in one’s life. The choice defines one’s future, standard of living, interest, or to cut short, one’s whole life. If you are like many others, and have funneled your choices to business studies, you may consider one of the following courses:

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Why would you choose online course for a teenager?

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teenager-studying Online studies are getting more interesting for younger population. There are several things you should consider when deciding why to recommend online course to a teenager. 1. Accessibility: The young generations just love to be around the latest technologies. They have their little and big chats, games and different staff they exchange among themselves: music files, movies, some interesting funny (or not so funny) stories and photos…the list goes endlessly. While they are already familiar with the manner of using the technology itself, why don’t you make them try some of the online courses that will increase their knowledge on the current subject they have at school. These are some of the links where you can find convenient colleges for your teenagers: Continue reading “Why would you choose online course for a teenager?”

What is CLEP?

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What is CLEP? The abbreviation of College Level Examination Program or CLEP is a program of exams offered by the College Board, a not-for-profit Examination Board in the United States, formed back in the nineteenth century. The College Board manages standardized tests, such as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, CLEP, ACCUPLACER, and the subject-specific SAT Subject Tests and Advanced Placement tests. CLEP offers the opportunities to the students of any age to demonstrate the college-level achievements in a series of tests. There are approximately 2,900 colleges and universities that grant college credits and/or advanced standing for CLEP tests or exams. A credit is a unit that gives weighting to the value, level or time requirements of an academic course. CLEP tests facilitate the US students in high schools or universities to earn credits for the successful completion of each course, for each academic term. The state or the institution sets a minimum number of credits required to graduate. You have to be aware that there are various patterns of credits, which include one per course, one per hour/week in class, one per hour/week devoted to the course (including homework), etc. Continue reading “What is CLEP?”

4 tips to find the best online university

4 tips to find the best online university   Online degree programs are in a growing trend and are in conjunction with the high demand of the online education. In this sense getting a university degree online has become a practical reality for people who cannot spare the time and commitment, just to go back to regular university for earning a degree. It might be confusing and hard for you to make a decision on so many online degree program choices, but although it is a hard decision, making the right choice that will suit your schedule, your learning style, as well as your education goal is of prime importance in your future educational endeavors. Continue reading “4 tips to find the best online university”

How do MOOCs work?

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How do MOOCs work? The main characteristics of the MOOC can be categorized in the following manner: – informal setting learning via Internet for free or low fees – all materials presented can be shared by everyone, whenever needed – variety of assignments to be chosen from all professional disciplines – no enrollment needed, self-discipline is a key to successful learning – no language barriers considering the online translation tools – development of digital skills and networking. MOOCs are present at edX, the nonprofit start-up from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that recorded 370,000 students its first official courses this fall. Coursera has reached more than 1.7 million and is less than 2 years in use MOOCs have been online for a few years as collaborative technical learning events, but this is the year when everyone wants in. Top universities are partnering with Coursera at a furious pace. It now offers courses from 33 of the biggest names in post-secondary education, including Princeton, Brown, Columbia and Duke. Google unleashed a MOOC-building online tool, and Stanford unveiled Continue reading “How do MOOCs work?”

Why enrolling at online Masters?

Why enrolling at online Masters? If you want to continue your higher education, a master’s degree can be a very viable option to consider. Moreover, if you want to proceed with your educational upbringing, without actually needing to go to school, you can opt for an online master’s degree. In today’s fast paced world, people have less and less time and with the advancement of the Internet getting an online degree from the comfort of your own home has never been easier. If you have already graduated, you may know that a master’s degree will take your knowledge base even further. During the Masters’ studies you will be required to take advanced courses, pass exams and write your own thesis. The thesis will be based on your own research, done independently by yourself and with support from your Mentor professor. Continue reading “Why enrolling at online Masters?”

Which academy is the right academy?

Which academy is the right academy? How many students do you know who have a clear idea about what their future holds?- In my experience, very few. With this in mind, selecting a college or university is, certainly an important decision and there are many factors to take into consideration. Such a choice has to be fully thought-through. Choosing which University, and of course the right program can become, for many people, a great source of anxiety. For some it can take days to evaluate a list of the pros and cons, but for others, the choice becomes a kind of lottery. Frequently, the choice is deduced from randomness over reason, and it all ends with signing up for a faculty without any kind of pondering at all. Continue reading “Which academy is the right academy?”

Ten tips for university e-learning

Ten tips for university e-learning Online higher education means a lot of things. It’s flexible, convenient, students can study on their own time, schedules, without compromising their work and professional lives. In addition to these it is effective, accommodates virtually any learning style (Skype, video, podcasts and a other multi-media materials to supplement more traditional, text-based learning.) e-learning is also more relational than you might expect. Students in the online environment have great one-on-one interaction with their professors, and interact with fellow students (adults with a wealth of professional and life experience to share) in forums and message boards. Continue reading “Ten tips for university e-learning”

Financing your education

Financing your education One of the most important decisions you can make in your life is to decide how to pay for your education. Education is a very big thing for all of us and is the key to our success.  Often this “big thing” is ignored because of financial problems, and having the option to look for a grant or scholarship. Just as you investigate which schools have the best programs for you, it is still necessary that you gather information about the best possible way to finance your education and your future. Continue reading “Financing your education”

MOOCs in traditional education

MOOCs in traditional education Massive open online courses, have begun to be integrated into traditional colleges — by making them eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses. The American Council on Education, and Coursera announced a pilot project to determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that should be eligible for credit. The council’s credit evaluation process will start early next year. They will use faculty teams to assess how much students who successfully complete Coursera MOOCs have learned. Students who want to take the free classes for credit, would need to pay a fee to take an identity-verified, proctored exam. Continue reading “MOOCs in traditional education”

The pillars of distance education in India

distance-education-cloudThe bright future of distance education in India seems to be bright and getting even better. With more professionals and students opting for distance mode to pursue the postgraduate degree on account of saving time and money, it helps to know about the best distance education centers of the country.

Ever since its introduction in the country , the e-learning has spawned an endless number of debates and discussions questioning its utility. Every aspirant who decides to take up distance education is faced with questions like does the degree holds relevance for employers or do other universities recognize a degree earned through distance learning. The truth is that the distances education is a specialized mode of learning, meant for those who owing to some reason, or other couldn’t climb the rope of regular classroom education. It does have less recognition than the regular form, but considering the advantages it offers, distance learning is more than just a compensation for its shortcomings.

Moreover, it is nothing but unfair to compare distance education on the same platform as all regular courses. Both have their own sets of benefits and limitations. While in traditional schools, you can interact with your tutor in person, and collaborate with your classmates in various community activities. Distance education offers you the ability to learn at your pace, place and comfort without spending huge sums of money. The concept of distance learning sometimes referred to correspondence learning which was introduced for students, who due to some concerns were not able to attend regular classes. Instead of leaving such candidates devoid of any opportunity to pursue higher education, distance education serves them by providing them with an option to pursuing higher education either from the comfort of their homes (online mode) or at weekends without having to leave their jobs.

Without digging the dirt of which option is better of the two, as it means starting a never ending debate, it would be fair to discuss the top education institutes that offer courses in open mode. It is a matter of great relief and pride that India has a lot of good distance education options, as it is a direct reflection of the evolution of our education system since the pre-independence era. The institutes discussed have been unanimously accepted as the best by experts. All of the above educational institutes are known for their excellence and expertise in delivering top quality education through distance mode. All of these colleges have created new benchmarks of success with their class leading teaching methodology and excellent facilities. Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi: Undoubtedly the most dominant authority in the field of distance education, the “People’s University” was established in 1985 by an act of parliament called IGNOU Act 1985. INR 20 Billion were poured into the making of this huge academic institution, and what resulted was the largest university in the world in terms of student intake, with a mind-boggling 3,500,000 students enrolling themselves for different courses. Apart from fulfilling its objective of providing education through distance and open mode, the university is especially dedicated towards the betterment of the underprivileged section of society, in its overall mission of strengthening the human resource of India through education. The university defines the standard of distance education in India and plays host to Secretariats of the SAARC Consortium on Open and Distance Learning. Serving approximately 3.5 million students globally, IGNOU has centers in 40 countries including most of the gulf countries like Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and others. The university functions through its 21 schools and a network of 59 regional centers, 2600 study centers, and 52 centers on foreign shores. Another statistic that would give a perspective of the institute’s importance is that nearly 20% of students who enroll for higher education in India do it through IGNOU. Amity School of Distance Learning, Amity University: ASoDL is a product of the foresightedness of its founders who predicted that the next generation of learning belonged to distance mode of education. The distance learning programs of ASODL are specifically designed for those who aspire to soar high in their professional lives but are blocked by a lack of time to join a regular classroom course. Whether it is the world-class education in management or short-term courses in niche subjects like Cyber Security, Amity’s range of courses is simply unmatched. The study material has been designed keeping in mind the strict time constraints that a professional worker experiences. It is self-explanatory and interactive in nature, requiring only a part of one’s leisure or weekend time to effectively learn the topic. The Amity School of Distance Learning enjoys the confidence of thousands of students and industry leaders owing to its excellent quality of course material, delivery methodology, student support service, and faculty. The institute has been ranked as number one in distance mode and offers a diverse array of courses right from Masters degree in Business Administration, Masters of Science, to one year PG Diploma Program in Materials Management, Financial Management, to Executive Program and Certificate Course in Carbon Finance. The fees of courses are one of the lowest and taking admission also requires no special entrance test or eligibility conditions. Sikkim Manipal University, Distance Education: A result of collaboration between Government of Sikkim and Manipal Education, this unique government-private initiative has been instrumental in providing high-quality education to students in this region. Established in 1995, the distance education school of SMU is approved by UGC and recognized by DEC (Distance Education Council). It is ranked as the third best distance education provider in the country. Author’s Bio: Saurabh Tyagi is an expert writer having an interest in diverse topics like education, technology, career, top part time MBA colleges, PGDM colleges, engineering colleges and Web 2.0. He is a social media enthusiast and a self-confessed gadget freak, who loves to follow the latest happenings in the tech world.  

2013: the Year when the Colleges should start taking online education seriously

Why should students have their own blog? “Big breakthroughs happen when what is suddenly possible – meets what is desperately necessary.” — Thomas Friedman The American education being the engine behind unparalleled economic prosperity, a military without equal, limitless invention, and the unquenchable ambition that put a man on the Moon, has reinforced the barriers that divide and weaken us. The future of schooling in America could look very different of what it is today. Recent and rapid developments in online technology and pedagogy are providing ways to break down these barriers and perhaps reassert America’s credentials as the world leader in education and innovation. In 2013 American higher education faces big ideas: the adaptive and the accessible nature of the internet are changing the way we communicate and interact, by creating new tools and methods capable of revolutionizing the ways in which we teach and learn. Media coverage has been focused on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), offered by Coursera – offering courses taught by some of the world’s boldest and most well respected faculty from schools such as Duke, Princeton, Berklee, and the University of Edinburgh, and Udacity — having courses focused on computer science taught by leading programmers and engineers, including Sebastian Thrun (Udacity’s founder) and Peter Norvig. Enrollment in Coursera or Udacity courses runs into tens of thousands per month. The potential for online education is exciting. MIT, Harvard and Stanford — are leading the change, but apart from them many of not all schools are engaged in a conversation about what online education will mean for them. Being adaptive, it represents machine-guided Learning Management System, therefore the evolutions are impossible to predict.

The beginning

Throughout the educational history, the traditional classroom has had little competition. In the early twentieth-century, with the advent of the postal service, the “correspondence classes” emerged and were massively popular for a short time before subsiding. Companies like the University of Phoenix and The DeVry Institute offered more synchronous remote learning, but their offerings were not directed at the typical college-student scheme and they offer scant student engagement and interaction. These for-profit institutions have proven far more adept at delivering debt, than jobs and, they have done little to affect in any profound way the methods by which we teach and learn. The new wave of online programs and techniques changes the way we educate. It expands the classroom to anyone through an Internet connection and augments the ways teachers, students and administrators engage. This movement is based on the idea that the lecture is an ineffective and with the inefficient use of the educator’s expertise students cannot absorb new material best. This is why a better solution is that if they can move at their own pace. The popular name for this new type of classroom is the “flipped” or “blended” classroom (coming from its “flipping” or “blending” of traditional classwork and homework.)  The blended classroom replaces the traditional lecture with short instructional videos, quiz assessments viewed outside the class in a way that allows the student to watch and re-watch a lecture or topic until he or she fully understands the material. Class – time is spent in more interactive and collaborative homework-style questions, problem sets and case studies. It provides the students with greater contact and feedback from their teachers and professors. If the physical classroom is not accessible, the online discussion groups and labs supplement the lecture material. This change in the higher education is more about the mere delivery of the content or a new technology. It encompasses a broad collection of tools, methods and philosophies that engender self-paced, adaptive, and active learning and decouple the traditionally introduced components of a higher education: admissions, instruction, interaction, assessment, certification, and networking. The online classroom offers data, including how long a student or class takes on in resolving a particular problem or what lecture format is most effective for an individual. The gathering and the analysis of this data asks far greater insight into teaching styles and learning methods work, which do not to create a system built on empirical evidence and analysis, but rather on a tradition and conventional wisdom. The data collected from a class can be used to tweak and enhance a course or lesson, both for current and future students, it can be carried from course to course, like a digital passport.

The break through

The scale of the challenge represents an opportunity for the existing institutions to develop big ideas and offer a more valuable and comprehensive product, moving beyond the customary boundaries of higher education. The standard model for higher education is based on either a four-year track (for undergraduate degrees) or a two-year one (for graduate, postgraduate, and most of the associate and trade programs). A school delivers a number of courses of predetermined content, the student receives a certification of achievement, and then the relationship, in large part, terminates. Online tools and components are condensed into larger Learning Management Systems, that allow higher education to be a non-discrete, continuous process: or to say it nicely – a university for life! Prospective students can investigate and explore beyond superficial guided tours and orientations, the newly accepted students will have access to preparatory courses that bring freshman to a common starting point upon arrival on campus by introducing and emphasizing the culture and expectations of the school. Students can shorten their time to graduation by having greater access to courses and content prior to freshman year and outside the typical semester-based academic year. Graduating students will benefit from advanced recruiting services and a more engaged alumni network. The alumni will remain active parts of the university,  take new courses, interact more easily with other alumni and connect with the current student body on a deeper level. “Probably the only candidate left for a bubble … is education. The education bubble is predicated on the idea that the education provided [by traditional residential colleges and universities] is incredibly valuable. In many cases that’s just not true. It’s basically extremely overpriced. People are not getting their money’s worth, objectively, when you do the math. And at the same time… there’s this sort of psycho-social component to people taking on these enormous debts when they go to college simply because that’s what everybody’s doing”. — Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist

Expenses

The most troubling issue in higher education today is the spiraling cost of a degree. Undergraduate tuition at a world top-tier private university in 2012-13, with textbooks, room and board, can cost over $60,000 a year. Tuition costs and fees at public universities are rising at twice the rate of inflation, where as the total student loan debt in the US now exceeds one trillion dollars — more than US housing debt and credit card debt, and shows no signs of abating. Nobody within the higher education system seems to have a plan to fix it! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, to connect the dots. American tech companies are creating high-paying, skilled jobs faster than America’s educational system can fill them. By making higher education more effective and more accessible, everybody benefits, across every industry, every state. It is time to think big and use the tools and methods of adaptive online education in order to avoid the current cost dynamic. Most students at large public and private universities have little contact with full professors during their freshman or sophomore year, as they work mostly with graduate teaching fellows and assistants or adjuncts. Using remote online tools more effectively could lower costs to students in the thousands of dollars, it can enable professors to hold more office hours and labs by doing more research, it will reduce strain on campus facilities and could even grow revenue by offering paid introductory courses online to nonresidential students or licensing courses to other schools. Coursera, Udacity, edX, The Khan Academy, The Minerva Project, General Assembly, and many other new players in the education game have shown, there is an insatiable appetite for knowledge and instruction, both within the U.S. and abroad. We are still at a budding stage in the life cycle of online education, but these companies and programs are already employing exciting and substantive techniques to engage under-served student populations, while crucially maintaining a low barrier to entry. Time will show how the traditional residential universities will attract and connect with these “non-traditional” student cohorts, but the options are wide and varied. Brick-and-mortar school has a customer base, respected credentialing, a reputation, a staff of faculty and administrators ready to work, and this is something that they can reply on regardless of the e-learning developments in future. This is a good position to take advantage of in the globalizing power of online education. Whether they will implement more e-learning tools, convert into online or decide upon themselves which way they will take, it is up to them. However, the prices of education will definitely have to go down.

Globalization

“I taught more students AI, than all the AI professors in the world combined.” — Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, Stanford course lecturer Pankaj Ghemawat, a leading academic figure in globalization and business strategy, became Harvard Business School’s youngest full professor in 1991. He noted that the major discoveries and developments in online education will remain largely unknown, before we begin to fully “attack the data” being accumulated in these emerging programs and services. In the meantime, all American universities can “pull the same levers,” adaptation, aggregation and arbitrage, and take advantage of a new global audience. Ghemawat emphasizes that it is essential for all schools to adapt “a mix of courses and content to local environments,” (meaning a class taken in New York on financial systems, should not look or feel exactly like a financial systems course being taken in Shanghai). His CAGE distance framework, is adopted by businesses across the world to better understand the distances, cultural, administrative, geographic, and economic, companies and organizations, that must navigate when developing international strategies. This framework should be utilized by schools hoping to adapt to and be communicated more fully and effectively with a new student population. Some fields of study, may require far less adaptation and this is where schools should aggregate, seek partnerships at home and abroad in order to take advantage of “the economies of scale across borders”. Universities with well developed international programs and satellite campuses should properly exploit these resources alongside a sophisticated Learning Management System, that could open up new markets and add a great deal of value to a university’s offerings. American universities are a luxury brand with “cachet and mystique” that can be leveraged and marketed to great effect. David Stavens, one of the founder of Udacity concedes, “There’s a magic that goes on inside a university campus that, if you can afford to live inside that bubble, is wonderful.” In this sense the online innovators are narrowing the gap between the virtual and the real campus. There should be real worry and, more importantly, real action at all institutions, especially medium-sized state universities and less-selective private colleges as without action, online education could be a death knell for many of these institutions.

Working together

“Everyone is both a learner and a teacher.” — Peter Norvig, Udacity Professor and Director of Research at Google In order to be able to fully exploit online education, colleges and universities must build partnerships and share data. The intellectual property of course materials is a complicated issue, but it would be redundant and wasteful if each school or institution develops entirely independent systems and protect their data from wide analysis.  It would be absurd for a school to use only reading materials written by its own faculty and not share them with anyone else. The powerful force behind the online movement, is the spirit of collaboration and collective experimentation which is shared by many of its pioneering figures and programs. Schools should strive to establish partnerships with other universities, private online education companies, content providers, educational platforms and applications, engineers, Learning Management System designers, and investors to get the ultimate out of their online product. The Innovation “If you have an idea that seems worth doing, don’t wait to hire other people and get funding and all those things. Just start doing it, wait to see what happens, and then iterate on that.”Salman Khan, founder of The Khan Academy When developing new projects and initiatives, Google has a simple philosophy: launch and iterate! This encourages “permissionless innovation,” employees are empowered to experiment, pursue original ideas, sometimes with only a basic grasp of their future utility. “Perfect”’ is often the enemy of “good,” in this process, but Google values unconventional and disruptive thinking, over the perfect plan. Steve Jobs aimed to create a workplace founded on collaboration and cooperation when entered in Pixar. By building a central atrium, connecting all branches and departments, regardless of specialty or status, they were inevitably forced to mingle and converse, which fostered collaboration with kaleidoscopic skills for a common goal. Using these principles, colleges and universities can similarly establish creative environments for professors, administrators and students. They can develop robust, sustainable and customizable online platforms, upon which the new concepts can be discussed, tested and implemented. This has to be unrelenting process, guided by a collective leading to resolve and improve education through experimentation and the systematic analysis of data.  “A truly memorable college class, even a large one, is a collaboration between teacher and students. It’s a one-time-only event. Learning at its best is a collective enterprise, something we’ve known since Socrates. You can get knowledge from an Internet course if you’re highly motivated to learn. But in real courses the students and teachers come together and create an immediate and vital community of learning. A real course creates intellectual joy, at least in some. I don’t think an Internet course ever will. Internet learning promises to make intellectual life more sterile and abstract than it already is — and also, for teachers and for students alike, far more lonely.” — Mark Edmundson, Professor of English at the University of Virginia

Further steps

With the schools developing more comprehensive online courses and programs, the new methods will continue to encounter debate and disagreement. E-learning needs realignment of the traditional teacher-student relationship, and because of this it will be seen as a threat to a status quo that has served many professors rather well. The traditional relationship between teacher and student is special and valuable, but the dynamic of the higher education’s runaway costs and lack of accessibility are coming first in consideration. So far, the lecture is the best attempt at making education affordable and accessible, but it needs to be improved further. The best parts of American higher education can not be simply merged with digital tools and methods. What we’re observing is a complete re-imagining of education, blending of old and new! Novel technologies and disruptive minds are disassembling the components of teaching and learning. With this they make them more than what they were before, for more students than ever before. The idea od having the online education be whatever we want it to be sounds great. Those that still can and want to pay for the traditional residential experience, can do so.  The vast majority of students, see in the online education a quality of instruction that has previously never existed, which is powerful. By definition, the educators are an older and more conservative group than the students they teach. This is why many of them will be unable or more likely unwilling to adapt to this brave new world. Schools must make the professors adopt and experiment with online tools and establish a straightforward administrative framework for reducing the strain of producing new blended classes. The efforts to implement online education at a school-wide level will be a question of investment and commitment at administrative and pedagogical level. Since the professor’s time is the university’s most precious and vital resource. It is up to the university leaders and innovators to show how classes will be improved by the online integration, and how the remote learning can be a time-saver for professors. Professors and administrators must confront the reality that effective e-courses and programs will threaten the jobs of those that teach and support them. The states may conclude that its students are better served through online courses in a combination with physical meeting points on its state university campuses, rather  than an expensive network of community colleges. The assumption that the blended courses can be as effective as traditional courses, will continue to be tested. It is not a matter of trying to do “more with less,” but vice versa it is about doing as much as possible in education promoting and upgrading. It will be essential for the continued functioning of the school, to consider that the faculty members and administrators oppose to this new online paradigm for philosophical reasons. The needs and expectations of students past, present and future should be put at the first place. Professors will want to teach the way they were taught, but if this model doe not represent good value for the student, the school or the professor him/herself, a change must be encouraged and incited. There is no doubt that the students will demand that colleges and universities invest financial and human capital in online education. This will be just because of the simply pedagogical benefits, but also because they will emerge from their formal education into a society and work environments premised on digital communication and collaboration. If students are not well practiced in this new language, they will inevitably fall behind their colleagues and competitors.

Conclusion

Coursera, Udacity, edX, 2U, the Khan Academy and other innovators have provided teachers, professors and students, from elementary schools to Ph.D programs, extremely convenient opportunity “to taste the online cake”. 2013 can be online education’s biggest test, as in this year colleges and universities should stop thinking of online education as just a by-product, as something inherently inferior to the traditional lecture experience, but rather as an integral part of any student’s education. Schools will have less success if (like the music industry a decade ago) choose to keep their products as inconvenient, inflexible and expensive. Students have tasted the changes and want to pursue further. Any school that ignores the benefits of online teaching and learning, needs to examine whether it is acting in the best interest of its students and the future of that institution. Inevitable question rises: Is a top-class education something we want to block, to put behind a velvet rope for only a select few to enjoy or is it something that, we share with anyone with a little curiosity and desire? There is no stopping in this movement, since what is desperately necessary is suddenly possible. The time is now – we should rise our expectations of what an education can be and go all the way in this.  
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Online education resources for free

Online education resources for free In this increasingly ”connected world”, obtaining free education online is actually a relatively simple thing to do. Library If you do not have Internet at home, you can go to your local library and use one of their freely available computers. The best online college offer free classes, and you can make use of the top gratis audio book and podcast resources. Most of those are available in the library, though strict time limits of computer usage time, that could be used to go through some of the lessons available online. Continue reading “Online education resources for free”

In-House Executive MBA, most convenient online education degrees

In-House Executive MBA, most convenient online education degrees Online MBA programs for senior executives through traditional university is aimed for those who do not wish to take a break from their careers and enroll full time. The advantage of an Executive MBA program is that working ADULTS can use prior business experience toward their degree.  Online programs traditionally do not accept past experiences as credit toward completion, with a few exceptions. E-MBA programs used to be the only way working executives could obtain MBA without full time enrolment. Continue reading “In-House Executive MBA, most convenient online education degrees”

E-learning companies to check out

E-learning companies to check out 1. Kineo is the global workplace learning company, helping the business improve their performance through learning and technology. They design learning solutions that deliver measurable results, from custom e-learning to accredited programs to hosted learning management platforms. AS a part of City & Guilds Group, Kineo supports businesses with all aspects of skills development and training, drawing the extensive resources of the wider Group, which includes the Institute of Leadership and Management. City & Guilds offers more than 500 qualifications across 28 industries and works with over 10,000 centres and training providers in 80 countries around the world, with over two million learners that work towards a City & Guilds qualification every year. Continue reading “E-learning companies to check out”

Saving options for college

Saving options for college Every family with a child that is about to enroll at the college of his or her dreams are not aware that they do not have to spend a fortune in order to have the expenses for the studies covered in time or at all. The rising college costs continue to plague students and families across the United States and worldwide. The new survey released this week shows that parents are more likely to consider making sacrifices at home budgets, such as putting off retirement or cutting back on the little luxuries, instead of exploring ways to save on the cost of college itself. The survey, that was sponsored by Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University, an online college that helps students create a cost-effective plan for their college education, included responses from nearly 900 parents who had a student planning to enter college in this school year or the next one. – 90 percent of parents said that the overall process of planning and paying for college was stressful on the entire family – 87 percent said that cost affected which school their student decided to attend. Parents that are funding more than one college education were especially impacted by the rising tuition and many of them felt forced to reevaluate their finances. – 30 percent planned to cut back on “extras”, like dinners, parties, vacations and clothes – 20 percent were delaying retirement. Families were also considering other ways to pay for their students’ education: – 72 percent were ready to co-sign on their child’s student loans – 29 percent of parents expected their student to cover more than a quarter of annual college costs – almost 30 percent would consider having their student live at home to reduce total costs In spite of the cited importance of cost in decision-making, most of the parents answered that they plan to cut back on family expenses to find ways to save, while fewer were exploring ways to reduce the cost of their student’s education. – 17 percent would recommend their student take summer courses to graduate earlier – 34 percent considered having their student attend a two-year community or online college, rather then transferring – 10 percent had not considered any options to reduce the cost of their student’s degree at all Jennifer Ruggiero, College admissions and career counselor at Ivy Bridge College said: “I was surprised to see so many parents planning to make major sacrifices, even delaying retirement, before thinking about other options that could actually reduce the cost of their child’s college education and future debts from student loans. After hearing what families are saying, it seems like many just stick with what they know, tightening budgets, rather than examining the options that have the potential to make college more affordable.” One of the possible reason that parents may not be aware of all their options in respect to their children education prospects is the fact that they’re not talking with counselors or advisors about rising college costs, but are seeking answers from their own network. When asked what resource they found most helpful, when making critical decisions about choosing and paying for college: – 28 percent answered friends and family; – 31 percent said the Internet and books; – 21 percent mentioned talking to a school counselor. Ms Ruggiero explains: “It’s great to do research on your own and I always consult my friends and family on important decisions. But I’d hate for families to miss out on opportunities because they dismissed an idea before looking into it more. That’s how counselors can help. Attending a two-year school or taking extra courses over the summer may call for more planning and foresight, but these kinds of options can dramatically reduce the cost of a student’s overall degree program. In the case of transferring, students can sometimes reduce their costs as much as $64,000.00 depending on their end school.” At Ivy Bridge College, the institution that sponsored the actual survey, counselors like Ruggiero can help students explore ways to save on their overall education by outlining a plan for two- to four-year college transfer. As part of their services, the online college offers a robust college mentoring program , through success coaching and counseling that successfully helps students create a path for their education that works with their financial situation and degree and career goals. When advising how to create a successful plan for college, Ivy Bridge’s experts, recommend that parents and students consider the following: advertisement Transfer options and partners Choosing to start at a two-year college, and then transferring to finish a bachelor’s degree is a time-honored way to save on the total cost of a college degree. Many parents and students do not know that almost every school, even top-tier programs, have established relationships with two-year community and online colleges that make it easier for students to transfer from one school to the next. Students who know they want their degree to come from a particular institution should always check the school’s website or talk to the counseling office, in order to see if there are transfer partners in the area or online. Many schools offer dual-admission “2+2” programs, where students fill out one application and enroll in both schools at the same time. Transferring is a great option for students whose grades or SAT scores may be just below the requirements for the school they’re interested in. If attending a two-year program first, they have a chance to bring up their grades. After this they are more likely to be accepted as a transfer student as an undergraduate. Class size and availability College enrollment in the United States is all-time high phase and many colleges are taking on more students than ever before. As a result of this, the classes (and especially the general education courses students, take their freshman and sophomore year) may become overcrowded and even unavailable. Consequently, this can cause and increase in tuition for students who are forced to take courses, that do not work towards their degree in order to stay full-time and receive financial aid. Students who need to meet popular prerequisites and requirements before they move forward with their program, may find themselves having to pay tuition for extra terms in order to get the course they need to graduate within four years. Checking out the school’s class sizes and looking at whether or not there are waitlists for popular courses, enables parents and students to get a better idea of whether or not they’ll be affected by overcrowding. Online courses and Blended options Undoubtedly, the online education has come a long way in a short period of time. It is a proven fact that in early every institution, including larger state schools and private institutions, there are classes and entire degree programs that are offered online. Online courses generally cost less than their in-person counterparts, and with this can provide opportunities for students to save by living at home, eliminating commuting costs, and working as they pursue a degree. Online courses can provide more options for students to get into popular courses and can make it easier to take more classes per term and speed up the path to a degree. Undoubtedly, the options vary from school to school, so when considering a four-year or a community college program it is good to see whether online courses are available and check the cost difference. If students are considering a fully online college (like Ivy Bridge), it is important to make sure they talk to the admissions department and ensure that the online learning environment and course schedule will work for them. Unfortunately there is still a myth that online learning is easier than taking courses in person. What you should know is that the online programs are just as rigorous as in-person courses and that there are still deadlines for assignments and tests students need to be prepared to meet. Ms Ruggiero clarifies: “Options like taking courses online or creating a plan for transfer aren’t for everyone, but neither is putting off retirement, taking on a second job, or cancelling vacations. Families and students have a lot more choices to make college more affordable than they think.” If you are looking to learn more about Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University and their online associate degree and college transfer program you may visit College cost survey About Ivy Bridge College Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University is an online college with a tradition of excellence and as an online branch of Tiffin University of Ohio, it is a part of the private institution founded in 1888. Ivy Bridge provides students with a direct path and support services to earn an associate degree online, as well as to transfer to one of over 150 public and private four-year partner institutions across the United States. Created through a joint venture agreement with Tiffin University and Altius Education, Ivy Bridge offers students from all walks of life, the college mentoring, academic foundation, engaging online learning experience, and college connections they all need to successfully graduate with their Bachelor’s degree and pursue a rewarding career.  
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Online education financial plan

Online education financial plan Upgrading your skills and knowledge is always a good thing to do. The more knowledge you acquire, the better off you can be in life. It’s all about learning more, getting better skills, upgrading your knowledge. You are more desirable to companies if you obtain higher quality education or if you have extraordinary unique skills. Besides this, there are other reasons to acquire knowledge. The skills you can get from the online education courses , lectures, university degrees can help you in everyday life. If you have stable Internet connection and a computer, you are on a good way to fulfill these wishes. However, there are cases when you can not get the desired knowledge , but you will need to spend the money you saved for “rainy days”. Continue reading “Online education financial plan”

110 school district partners in e-homebound education

110 school district partners in e-homebound education The highly individualized learning program enables school districts in order to increase engagement and academic outcomes for students away from the classroom K12 Inc., leading provider of technology-powered individualized education solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school, announced that since August 2012 it has signed new agreements to provide its Homebound Education and Alternative Learning (HEAL) program to more than 110 school districts, being one of four full-time online learning programs that K12 provides to school districts. Continue reading “110 school district partners in e-homebound education”

Checking online students cheaters

Checking online students cheaters In the last year, literally millions of students worldwide have signed up for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses. The free, web-based classes available to everyone, taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, M.I.T. and other universities. When those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, how will their professors know that the test-takers on their distant laptops are doing their own work, and not asking Mr. Google for help? The online cheating concerns is present for many educators, particularly as more students take MOOCs for college credit, and not just for personal enrichment. Five classes from Coursera, a major MOOC provider, offer the possibility of credit, and many more are expected to join the initiative. Continue reading “Checking online students cheaters”

Which is the best online university for you?

Which is the best online university for you? You are probably aware that the enhancement of internet technology leads to rapid growth of online education. Having said this it is a fact that online degree programs are increasing in popularity and creditability, where more and more online universities are available on internet offering degrees from Bachelor to MBAs and PhD and Subject areas range from business to nursing. There are so many information and options available on online universities that sometimes it can be really difficult to choose which online university to enroll for your degree program. Continue reading “Which is the best online university for you?”

Edutopia: What works best in education?

Edutopia: What works best in education? Maybe you were not aware that the famous Director George Lucas has a well established Educational Foundation called Edutopia. With a dedication to improving the K-12 learning process, they support the documenting, disseminating and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based educational strategies, which prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. Continue reading “Edutopia: What works best in education?”

An affordable degree catering to the needs of a teacher

An affordable degree catering to the needs of a teacher   Trainers and assessors need to be trained themselves before going on to assess others. In Australia, all trainers hence must undergo a program called TAE40110 –certificate IV in Training and Assessment. There are ten parts to this program, seven of which are compulsory. The trainer (who incidentally becomes the student) learns how to plan assessment activities and guidelines, how to plan and organise group learning and how to plan and deliver learning in the work place. Continue reading “An affordable degree catering to the needs of a teacher”

Is online education right for you?

Is online education right for you? Most probably the greatest benefit of online education is the incredible convenience that it offers: you can do your schoolwork and studying based on your schedule, no more 8:00 a.m. classes, no more 4-hour lectures. This has huge implications for students who have jobs, a family to take care of, or both. So, instead of trying to juggle your classes around a 9-to-5 job or your son’s soccer practice, distance learning gives you the flexibility to take your classes when you can fit them in. Earning a degree through online education brings many advantages, but still you may not suit for this type of education mode. If you want to check if the e-learning is not right for you or not, go through the following points below: Continue reading “Is online education right for you?”

Women vs. men in online education fields

Women vs. men in online education fields With the society going digital, education remains one of the few fields that have not transitioned fully from traditional models to unified technological design. When we analyze the issues in education, or education gaps across race, class, and gender divides, an inevitable question arises: How will a move towards the digital influence these differences? There is no doubt that education will not avoid the technological revolution, considering the development of the distance learning courses and online degrees expansion. New York Times wrote last week about discussing the rise in popularity among, massive open online courses (MOOCs). Continue reading “Women vs. men in online education fields”

4 healthcare certificates to start your career

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medical assistant in lab At one time, if you wanted to be part of the healthcare industry, you could almost count on going to college for several years. Today, that is no longer the case, because there are many healthcare careers available. Many of these careers require only completing short-term programs and obtaining certification. Learn about these four quick healthcare certifications that will jump-start your career. So, here are the 4 healthcare certificates to start your career in the medical industry. Continue reading “4 healthcare certificates to start your career”

Time management and online MBA

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time management Online MBA is one of the most successful examples of an e-learning course. However, we still remain a little skeptical about it. To understand about what online MBA is all about and how to manage your time is extremely important before you opt for this course. We are living in a day and age, where education can no longer be ignored. Sometimes through situations life happens, which makes it quite difficult for many to leave everything for a degree. Money, work, and time makes it hard for people to even consider the possibility of a higher degree. Leaving the luxury of earning for even a year is a no-no for anyone who doesn’t have the bank balance to support them.  Taking out time for education is not possible in today’s fast-paced world. Continue reading “Time management and online MBA”

Get the most out of your online class discussion

Getting the most out of your online class discussion
Getting the most out of your online class discussion A report from the 2013 College Explorer found that online learning has jumped 96 percent over the last five years. Currently, about 45 percent of college students are taking at least one online course. Online courses can be just as challenging, if not more challenging, than traditional brick-and-mortar classes. With online, the professors are encouraged to give students the same experience they would get by attending an actual class. One way to help with this is by having online class discussions in each course. I took a few courses online a few years back. Class discussions were required – in fact, they were where you received the majority of your “points” for the class. Continue reading “Get the most out of your online class discussion”

Types and costs of online schools

types and costs of online schools
  types and costs of online schools Since the arrival of the internet technology, schools providing online education around the world have been a fast growing sector in the industry of online commerce. In fact, a majority of potential students can obtain higher degrees and certificates through attending classes on the web. Generally, the lessons are delivered to students through distant classrooms, e-mail, chat rooms, etc. On certain occasions, online schools are also known as distance or remote learning institutions. Continue reading “Types and costs of online schools”

Evaluation of the costs of e-learning

Evaluation of the costs of e-learning To give more learning opportunities to its students, when a college or university decides to establish online educational programs, you will definitely ask the questions: How can we evaluate its planning costs? When you get the answer of this specific question, it naturally follows other different questions, which include: Does an online learning cause more work for teachers? Is online learning much more costly than traditional learning environment? What investments are required to get education online? and few other questions in this sense. Continue reading “Evaluation of the costs of e-learning”

Building business with LMS

Building business with LMS E-learning field advances with giant strides: according to Global Industry Analysts (GIA), e-learning market is expected to reach $168.8 billion by 2018. More and more companies are contributing to online learning field by implementing e-learning strategies, integrating components and tools for employee training and e-commerce practice. E-learning, in comparison with regular education methods, allows cutting costs and provides anytime/anywhere learning by means of Learning Management Systems (LMS) usage. Continue reading “Building business with LMS”

Global e-learning facts

Here are some interesting facts about e-learning compiled by Capita.  
  • Companies who use eLearning tools and strategies have the potential to boost productivity by 50% (IBM report, 2013)
  • Companies who offer best practice e-learning and on-the-job training generate around 26% more revenue per employee (e-learning magazine, 2013)
  • The Asian eLearning market is expected to reach $11.5 billion by 2016 (ambientinsight.com)
  • Employee training sessions designed to clearly communicate company strategy and processes are vital.
How can you be sure though that your messages are being correctly communicated to your employees based all over the world? How do you know that the training being delivered across different geographical locations is consistent with your native programme? Capita TI can help you with a comprehensive 6 stage process for localizing your eLearning solutions to ensure that they are appropriate and effective for each geographical area of your business. Global eLearning Infographic

What are the best careers with flexible hours?

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flexibility For many people, flexible working hours are a must. Parents raising families need flexible schedules that let them balance personal and professional responsibilities, as do people working a second job and needing the ability to change their schedules if necessary. Whatever the reason, there are many jobs offering great pay, benefits, career satisfaction and flexible schedules. Continue reading “What are the best careers with flexible hours?”

The power of MOOCs

The power of MOOCs
Several years ago not everyone could follow the studies from Harvard or Yale, but thanks to the massive open online courses you only have to have the determination and to begin.
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University of Yale

Yale University, is one of the world’s leading centers of learning and research. Established in 1701, Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut. It has three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Continue reading “University of Yale”

Degrees for getting a job in online marketing

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Degrees for getting a job in online marketing In today’s world there are very few jobs for which you can choose a clear-cut major in college. Online Marketing is one such career path. What major do you choose to help you get a job in Online Marketing? Many people are in this exact situation right now, wanting to get into a dynamic an high-paying marketing career but not knowing where to start in their education. To help those in this situation, here are four majors that will be the most helpful for getting a job in the online marketing industry: Continue reading “Degrees for getting a job in online marketing”

Media projects for teachers and students

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Media projects for teachers and students Visual aids are essential in teaching. The use of these aids enhance the learning of students. One specific form is the use of media. As a teacher, you can use videos or slide shows in delivering the lessons to your students. Students can also create projects using these media to enhance their learning of the subject matter or submit as a school term requirement. Continue reading “Media projects for teachers and students”

Rise corporate ladder with a degree in finance

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Rise corporate ladder with a degree in finance A career in finance is highly challenging and rewarding. The first important step which you can take for a financial career is to enroll in an appropriate accredited program. Bachelors in economics and commerce can help you to kick-start your career. Right after school you can enroll in a program which gears you towards a successful future. He courses in finance are the right blend of practical training and theoretical classes. To build a strong career you can opt for the programs which are offered by universities located overseas. You can benefit from the placement opportunities offered by the colleges. Required traits and skills Competent finance professionals can be the leading CEO’s of tomorrow. They play a vital role in keeping the wheels of the corporate industry running. A finance professional needs to have the following traits:
  • The candidate should have the innate abilities to solve problems. Employers recruit candidates who can face challenges of all kinds well.
  • To become a leader in finance, it is important to have strong analytical skills.
  • If a student displays high levels of motivation and is a strong team player chances are higher that he will succeed at the interview.
  • Strong communication skills and high levels of motivation can help in convincing the recruiters.
Work as financial advisor As work settings vary in finance aspirants should have the ability to work both independently and in a team.  If you opt for the path to becoming a financial advisor the following points can prove very useful:
  • If you are interested in finance and investment, it can be the right career for you.
  • It is necessary that you get a four years degree which will eventually help you to get a license. Degrees in economics, finance and mathematics, can prove useful.
  • A work experience can help you to gather vital information about the industry. As you get acquainted with the requirements of jobs in finance, you can browse the various career paths which are available.
You can opt for student debt relief programs which help you to meet the cost of post secondary education. Career opportunities Several careers in finance are offered by banks. Most of the financial careers require undergraduate training. Accounting careers deal with financial reconciliation. Accountants keep track of expenditures and monitor the flow of money. With a career in financial planning, you will be able to help clients make the utmost of the resources which they have. This financing guide will be of use when selecting the career opportunities, depending on the interest and the opportunities offered. Select right job It is important that you land with a job which is compatible to your skills and interests. You can aim towards a career in corporate finance. You can serve in important positions which are offered by large and small companies. You may have to deal with mergers and acquisitions. If economics interests you, you can work in banks. Financial services offered by banks can become a part of your professional life. As you work in a bank, you may have to deal with issuers of security. Most firms offer financial jobs. You can adopt both online and offline methods to search for jobs. As finance jobs require high specialization, it is important that you select the right majors. Staying in touch with the university alumni can help you to browse greater avenues. If you are good in crunching numbers, a career in public accounting may be ideal for you. With strong interpersonal skills, you can take up the role of a financial advisor. The key to success lies in conducting a thorough research and giving in the best at the work front.   Author Bio: Bryan planned to take up a course in financial planning. He opted for student debt relief in order to meet the educational expenses. To know more click here.

How to build your career in finance?

How to build your career in finance? The finance market is a crazy system. With random numbers generated every millisecond, the professionals need to be on constant vigil. The mind needs to process several streams of complex calculations every moment. It is a highly challenging occupation. Only the most persistent professionals can survive in the super-dynamic industry. One needs to stay aligned with political and social developments effectively in making financial decisions. You have to be an expert analyst of the different market aspects. There are so many complicated parameters in finance. You can choose a career in the debt settlement industry. You can work as an investment consultant. Perhaps, you may want to work as a currency trader. The alternatives are numerous. Continue reading “How to build your career in finance?”

The cost of college blues

The cost of college blues It’s no secret that college tuition costs have skyrocketed in just a couple of decades. This means many young people are taking on crippling amounts of debt before they even begin their working lives. Furthermore, unlike other types of debt, student loan debt cannot be dismissed through bankruptcy. If everyone who went to college graduated with a high-paying job, this might not be a problem, but is this the case? Continue reading “The cost of college blues”

Academy One learning incentives program

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Academy One learning incentives program My son’s in his first year of high school right now and it’s actually been a really tough year for him, and for all of us. In elementary school he was such a happy student. But in Grade 7 something happened. I don’t know if there were some lessons that he didn’t understand or if it had to do with something else. All I know is that around that time, it was clear that my son wasn’t enjoying school like he had before. Continue reading “Academy One learning incentives program”

Online vs. traditional education

Online vs. traditional education
I hope you like the infographic showing the current trends of online education opposed to the traditional education.
Trends clearly show the rise of popularity of online education and the percentage see an upward trend in the coming years.
 
 
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The benefits of distance learning courses

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The benefits of distance learning courses What is distance learning? Online learning is the ideal method of study for a wide range of individuals, of all ages, who would like to gain a qualification. Distance learning has a number of advantages over the traditional learning environment. Distance learning allows students to study at a pace convenient to you. So what are the advantages? There are a wide range of positives as to why people should study online. It is becoming an increasingly popular method of study. For many people it is a more suitable way of gaining an education, over more traditional methods of learning. Below are some of the benefits that come with distance learning: Continue reading “The benefits of distance learning courses”

Top 5 reasons to study abroad

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Top 5 reasons to study abroad When it comes to choosing a college or university, most people tend to think of those that are in their home country. But there’s another option that you should consider, and that’s studying abroad. More and more colleges and universities are looking to add diversity to their student body, so they are more willing to accept foreign students into their programs. If you are currently looking for the right college to attend, the following are five reasons to consider studying abroad. Continue reading “Top 5 reasons to study abroad”