Understanding accreditation and its role in today’s online education

Understanding accreditation and its role in today’s online education
Understanding accreditation and its role in today’s online education   Accreditation is an entire process through which government regulatory authorities access, analyze, scrutinize and approve educational institutions in many terms. From appropriate educational quality standards up to ensuring these institutes’ ethical and lawful recognition, these accreditation authorities play an essential role in the overall management of today’s educational trends. We will critically explore accreditation and its complexities in the following research once we are done with the concept of online education and how it is intercepted. Now, let us concisely enlighten the role of modern day technology on businesses and industries. Global industries that widely vary from mass manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods up to the services sector industry more specifically the field of education, all have come across significant changes in terms of how they have coped up with the modern day technology where no one could ever deny the invincible power of the internet and here comes online education. Similarly, global businesses and their corporate culture also adapted to the new dynamics of technology where transforming into a fully paperless environment is something that clearly signifies the role of Information technology and modern day computing. Let us now get to know and develop an understanding of what is online education and how it actually intercepted. Online education is one of the biggest examples that show how dramatically mankind have adapted technology and invented ways of using it in order to bring as much convenience as possible. Following today’s global population one can possibly understand the various consequences and complexity that people face in their educational path. From time constraints up to prioritizing work above all matters, people have indefinite reasons to claim specialized, technology oriented and well-structured educational platforms that are capable of setting them apart from these sort of real-time constraints and here the platform of online universities, institutions, online certifications and accreditation bodies and the entire industry dealt within. Online Universities and institutions offering higher academic qualifications, diplomas and specialized certifications intercepted and act just like the traditionally accepted brick and mortar educational institutes for higher education. It is just that these institutes mostly exist only on the global internet though their intelligent websites. These universities have brought dramatic change and revolutionized the entire perception of the different ways of learning and education on a global scale. By offering a complete digital environment where students can access their teachers, class notes and even exams as per their convenience and are interactively able to access and manage all of their study material though the provided best in class digital portal. Now, let us come back to the concept and role of accreditation in online education. It is indeed obvious that if we have several pros then on the other hand, we do have some cons as well. We all are also aware of professional diploma mills, that not just exists on the internet but also, working professionally and in a well-managed way, but all that you got from them merely counts in your overall career path as a fruitful product just because they do not comply and present valid accreditation by a well-recognized accreditation body that is responsible to scrutinize these institutes quality standards and legal compliance. This is exactly where the role of accreditation bodies becomes more essential as it is a big slum. If we specifically talk about the United States, there are six regional accreditation regulatory authorities for colleges and universities as follows;
  • Northwest Commission of Schools and Colleges
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Moreover, there are certain third party accreditation organizations as shown in the list below that also provides accreditation to several colleges and universities but, these third party accreditation organizations are also critically accredited by the governmental accreditation regulatory authorities. Famous Third Party Accreditation Organizations;
  • AADP – American Association of Drug less Practitioners
  • AAHEA – American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation
  • AAMA – American Alternative Medical Association
  • International Accreditation Organization
  • AHP – Association for Humanistic Psychology
The list might go on based on both types of these third party organizations in terms of being valid and forged, but all you need to do before enrolling yourself with any online college or university is to refer to the above listed official accreditation bodies and get an insight from their about where would you head upon with the online institute in your case and how much credible it is. We can expand our area of interest and we can easily dig deeper into the debate but, considering yourself as the primary prospect of the chosen online institute, you must do a thorough online research, try accessing as many websites as you can, reach out to the accreditation experts and I’m sure you will definitely get at least a brief idea of where you are about to step in and would be really fruitful for you or not. Followed by indefinite issues in the field of education, I will keep leading my initiative of educating people and developing their knowledge about the latest trends and issues in modern day education. I think I have provided a basic and concise insight upon the understanding accreditation and its vital role in today’s online education but I hope that I will keep myself connected with the community in terms of accreditation with greater and in-depth insights.
Author: Betty Parker is an experienced and qualified associate counselor at the online university www.pcu.edu. With years of experience in the field of online education, Betty Parker has emerged with a dedicated initiative towards educating and expanding his knowledge to individuals who seek guidance and expert opinions on online education.
 

Difference between words that sound alike

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Difference between words that sound alike Snipping or sniping? Pray or prey? Desert or dessert? Knowing the different meanings and variations of words will allow you to properly use them and spell them correctly without worrying that you are making a mistake. Continue reading “Difference between words that sound alike”

Companies offering best terms of employments

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You have finished your studies and now you are looking for a job. Or you have been stuck with the company that does not offer any promotion, nor values your skills and ambitions. If you want to know which company can offer you good or better conditions them maybe the data in the infographic will help you. Companies offering best terms of employments are selected on several criteria and the text is just a digest on their positive conditions. You should go to their web pages and read more about each and every one of them. Continue reading “Companies offering best terms of employments”

4 things every professional should not do

4 things every professional should not do
4 things every professional should not do When you step into the professional life from your college or university life, it is the type of change that will take you as a surprise. No matter how mentally prepared you are for things to come, there will be times when you will be shocked and shaken to the core. This is because the sudden change in roles and demands, as well as your objectives in a matter of overnight is not easy to accept. At one moment you were giving exams, taking classes and now you have to look for a job, earn money and assume the responsibility. Continue reading “4 things every professional should not do”

How to succeed as an online college student?

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How to succeed as an online college student? Everyone always talks about the way that online education is changing the way that people learn, but you—the student—need to develop a unique set of skills in order to make the courses you do take online worthwhile. The technology, the setting and amount of effort you have to put in to succeed really are different when your course is taking place primarily in a virtual classroom. Some of these might seem obvious, but these tips might just save you this semester.

Choose the right program.

This can be hard to do ahead of time, but with a little research you can find out what type of career you really want and what educational path you need to take to get there. It’s discouraging and stressful to try and succeed in a bunch of classes that you aren’t well-suited for. Find a degree program that will give you the career options, earnings potential and life satisfaction that you know you want. Planning is the path to happiness. Continue reading “How to succeed as an online college student?”

How to choose educational software for children?

5 Amazing Apps College Students Must Know
applications With the increased usage of IT gadgets and computers, we must admit that they have become an integral part of everyday life. More people own computers than ever before with the numbers continue to rise, better access to computers is being enabled and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of their usage in education purposes. As a result of all these facts, children are learning how to use computers in school at a much earlier age than ever before. There is no doubt that there is a wide array of educational software available for children of all ages. This provides the parents, with many options when choosing educational software for the children. Continue reading “How to choose educational software for children?”

Learning English as a second language

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Learning English as a second language   There are instructors in schools all around the world currently teaching children and adults English as a second language. These classes are sometimes included as part of a degree program. This is because so many institutions and businesses have adopted English as the central language for communication between members. Understanding English as a second language provides students with a number of advantages in the modern world. Continue reading “Learning English as a second language”

Online education providers join forces to one platform

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online-platform The new online education platform with courses from top-ranked universities will be available to students for college credit starting in autumn 2013. Semester Online, the partnership between a consortium of schools and the online education provider 2U Inc. will deliver university-accredited courses through a virtual classroom environment. Universities involved in this project are: Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Students who attend consortium schools and other top schools across the country can take courses through the platform. This is the first venture 2U’s in the undergraduate space where the online provider has partnered with graduate schools since its founding in 2008. (Graduate programs are also offered through 2U include USC Rossier Online, or Nursing@Georgetown. Chip Paucek, co-founder, and CEO of 2U says that the look and feel of the new undergraduate courses will be similar to the site’s current graduate offerings. This initiative will be defined by its rigor. High-quality courses with intense, small class size. When one uses the platform, it is a very intimate process which will bring benefit for online students and will be well practiced by the online professors. All courses at 2U are like standard online courses: asynchronous content, pre-recorded lectures and reading materials provided by a university professor for students to review each week. The difference is that the students are required to attend a virtual classroom at a scheduled time once a week. The difference in this online courses is the fact that the student has to attend the online class with his mate. When the student is in the class, the professor is in one square, and the rest of the students are in other squares, Paucek explains. Peter Lange, Provost, Duke University, states that Duke has partnered with Coursera and 2U. He says that they have been very open to experimenting with different ways of online learning to improve the on-campus teaching and learning. Coursera has allowed Duke faculty members to expand their courses to a wider audience, but they have not sold on the “fully online” experience”. They did not believe that the fully asynchronous, no face-to-face aspect was going to be a format that would be particularly attractive to them and has decided to go for this platform. There’s a whole lot of interaction you can’t do in an asynchronous course. Weekly “in-class” video component of 2U’s Semester Online, is what ultimately enticed the institution to enter the consortium. The schools offering those courses are very high-quality schools in which high degree of confidence in the faculty exists. The official launching is months away, and the specific courses will be determined soon. The expenses of each course are being evaluated. Paucek says that the online courses will be “slightly less” expensive than its in-class counterparts. In a Semester Online course, there are fixed costs that need to be paid with a course, every time that you teach it. Being a high-quality operation offering ultimate experience of distance learning, it is expected that it will fully justify the expectations. More info at: Duke University: Duke to Offer Online Courses for Credit
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Connection between video games and violent behavior in teens

Connection between video games and violent behavior in teens Majority of U.S. adults admit to understanding little or nothing at all, about video game rating system.Many of them would never let their eight year old see an R-rated movie, but according to the findings from a January 2013 Harris Poll of 2,278 U.S. adults (above 18+) interviewed online, some children may be playing video games beyond their maturity level. Only one-third of Americans (32%) say they understand everything or a lot about video game ratings and nearly two in five (38%) indicated they know nothing about the system, the majority (66%) of those U.S. adults with video game playing  children in their households, indicate using a video game’s rating to determine whether they allow their child to play it. Despite nearly three in five Americans (58%) agreeing that there is a link between playing violent video games and teenagers showing violent behaviour, 33% of those with young gamers under their roofs indicate allowing those children to play whatever games they want. Continue reading “Connection between video games and violent behavior in teens”

The battle space of online piracy

Online piracy is unfortunate reality to the entertainment industry as peer-to-peer technology has grown. Check out the battlefield of the online piracy, i.e. which areas of online content are imposed most on the copy rights and protected content misuse. Social engines, social networks, media sharing and blogs are the four main categories from where the content is taken used, but luckily the governments’ measures are there to cope with these conditions and impose measures. The infographic is picturesque and it gives a detailed explanation of the current situation in the cyber space situation in the United States of America. The Battlespace of Online Piracy

Technology influences education

The infographic below is showing an interesting overview of the technology on education. With everyday development of new tools to make the education more interesting and accessible to everybody, we are seeing the benefits of the technological development in the highest level possible from the beginning of our existence. If education is power then this is the period when most of the power is boosted in the education. Influence of the technology in education makes the learning better and the impact on the results is beneficial to everybody. Let us know if you have anything to add.

How much does it cost to graduate?

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Below is an overview of the high education costs with comparison of 7 different countries worldwide. Do you think it is over rated to spend so much money on education when you have so much free educational resources available online free? When you graduate you will have to pay back the loan that your family has taken for yours studies, so maybe an alternative learning resources should be considered. Have a look and share your comments with us.   the price of high education

Secondary education – more affordable

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money-whole Everyone knows that the cost of attending college increases each year. Whether you go to a public or private institution, you can expect to feel a blow to your budget. Many aspiring college students give up the dream of going to college simply because they can’t afford it, however, there are some ways to make secondary education more affordable. Take a look at how you might be able to make your own dreams come true. Continue reading “Secondary education – more affordable”

Break the online learning misconceptions

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broken glass Adult learners have long thought that the only way you can get an education is in a classroom with a teacher, desks, and students. However, online learning has changed the way that many adults think. Effective and successful learning can happen with a computer connection and a goal-oriented adult. It just takes a little different thinking to get over your pre-conceived ideas of online learning and to take that chance. What are some of the misconceptions that revolve around online learning and what are the truths to break the online learning misconceptions? Continue reading “Break the online learning misconceptions”

Teacher’s salary affects student performance

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The profession of teaching is one of the most challenging professions. In most countries, teachers are satisfied with their salaries, working conditions and other factors and this is the reason why this profession is growing. On the other hand, some countries aren’t spending enough on their teachers, which is why many leave this profession within the first few years. With stress on the education system, does it make sense to increase teacher pay? Better pay is expected to attract more people into the profession which thereby means better student performance. The infographic below explores the potential of students who have teachers that are valued more monetarily. Let us know your comments. Does-Teacher-Pay-Affect-Student-Peformance-Infographic

Student loans don’t have to break you

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bank-loans-for-college The average student loan debt sits right around $29,000, according to a report by the Institute of College Access & Success’ Project on Student Debt. Depending on your choice of school and your choice of major, this number could be astronomically higher. In the meantime, the Chronicle of Higher Education found that roughly 20 million students attend college each year and that out of those 20 million, 12 million take out loans. Continue reading “Student loans don’t have to break you”

Best student health insurance options

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Which are the best student health insurance options? Your son or daughter is off to the big new world of college. He or she is moving out from the family home and will soon be on his or her own. Some things, though, won’t change, just like she/he may come home to do laundry or he/she will probably still send you a text asking for more money. Health insurance is one of those things that need to stay constant. Just because your child has moved on doesn’t mean you should stop insuring them.Also, the Affordable Care Act offers more choice and options on health care options for young adults, including college students. Continue reading “Best student health insurance options”

How to choose a plumbing course?

How to choose a plumbing course? If you are considering taking plumbing courses and beginning your training to become a professional plumber this year, there are several factors to consider. This article will discuss in depth at least five critical tips to consider while choosing plumbing courses in 2014. Type of training Before getting started, you must first determine what type of plumbing training you are looking for. Doing online research or even speaking with plumbers you might know or who work in your community is a great way to determine what type of training is best for you. Also considering apprenticeship training is another factor to consider. Take some time to think about your personal goals and what you want to gain from your training experience. This will help you determine the best route for you to go on your road to becoming a plumber. Time for study Another tip to consider while choosing plumbing courses is how much time you have for study and dedication to the classes. You need to consider your personal situation in order to determine whether or not you should take classes during the day or night, and how many classes you can take at once. You should also consider how much time you have in your schedule to study in addition to attending classes. Factors to consider when making this decision could include your work schedule, kids school and activity schedule, spouse’s work and activity schedule, etc. Knowing our limits beforehand will keep you from taking on too much within your busy schedule. If you need to pace yourself with the courses, there is no harm in doing so. Where do you want to work? Knowing where you want to work is another factor to consider before choosing your plumbing questions. Some questions you might want to ask yourself is where you will be doing your apprenticeship? Do you want to work for a large or small company? Do you want to own your own business? The answers to these questions will determine which courses you take. This is because there are many courses to choose from and you need to be sure of what you want out of your training before enrolling. Different jobs require different skills and techniques. Companies like RF Training offer courses to join big companies, also they provide training to start a business. Affordability With any type of training or schooling, affordability is always an important factor to consider. Before deciding the plumbing courses you want to take, you need to first determine your budget. Once you have a budget in mind, conduct research on which courses best fit that budget and your educational needs. If you are unsure of whether or not you can afford to take any courses, you might want to consider obtaining financial aid. This will also take some time to research and apply for. Keep in mind that is financial aid available to you. Create a timeline Create a timeline for yourself as to when you want to be finished with your plumbing education and training and begin working in the field. Having a timeline will allow you have a goal to look forward to, and will also serve as a motivation to keep taking courses and making the time to study for them. Also, the benefit of having a timeline will allow adequate time for you to begin your job search ahead of your completion date in order to gain employment much quicker than waiting until after you are finished with your training. By following these tips you will be able to meet your goal of gaining employment as a plumber. Take your time and research your options to begin the right career path! By John Gary

Teach with Twitter !

Teachers and students are turning to social media to help inform their learning. This movement – often referred to as DIY PD (do-it-yourself professional development) – is empowering educators to utlize technology resources, digital media and community building to shape their own learning. It isn’t exclusive to teachers — classrooms around the world who are turning to Twitter and social platforms to expand student learning. The Teaching with Twitter Infographic looks at different ways teachers can use Twitter to inform their professional development and classroom practices.   Teaching with Twitter Infographic Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

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”

Paying for online college

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Paying for online college

There was a time when online college degrees were only popular amongst working professionals, who did not have the time to take on full-time college courses. Even though most online students are still working professionals, this form of education has become very popular amongst regular students too. The Center for American Progress has released a report that suggests that more than half of the students in the country will take up at least one online course in the 2014 academic year! Continue reading “Paying for online college”

ASAP Science

Isn’t is great that you could understand the science and all that presented in a couple of minutes illustrated videos that even primary school children can comprehend? Well, here is the reply – you can!! Check the YouTube ASAP Science channel for numerous replies on social and natural sciences topics, all understandable and with down to earth explanations.  
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Women in computer science

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Women in computer science

If you think of computer science jobs, then you often think of men sitting behind computers typing all day and working on servers. The unfortunate truth is that there are woefully few women seeking computer science degrees. Many experts believe that this is due to how society views IT workers, but others believe it’s because women aren’t exposed to the possibility of a tech job early in life. Continue reading “Women in computer science”

Prison Education Programs today

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Prison Education Programs today

Prison education programs are a highly debated issue–some believe that they are ultimately beneficial to society, while others consider them to be a waste of money. However, new studies have shown that prison education programs reduce the likelihood of recommitting crimes and re-incarceration. What are some of the education options available to prisoners? How does it vary from state to state? Continue reading “Prison Education Programs today”