Distance education has been in existence since the late eighteen hundred as utilized by major universities in the form of correspondence courses. This method of education provided off-campus learning opportunities for millions in the country. Today, distance education has become more accessible and convenient, with a degree of guidance, to take such distance correspondence courses with the use of the internet.
Accredited and legitimate online education provides the student with viable and recognized learning and the ability and flexibility for higher education that is achievable without greatly disrupting life. Online education can be more challenging as is more involving and engaging of the student than the classroom setting were a student can go along without much interaction with others. It requires personal discipline, time management, and other expediency and efficiency skills from both the student and facilitator.
A bachelor’s degree in a traditional school is 4 years or 8 semesters. So look at it in terms of semesters. Eight five weeks semesters can be accomplished in 40 weeks; that’s without a break in between. Generally online degree programs are condense in that it provides the same amount of information while it is accomplished in a short period of time. Why is this?
Well, let’s look at one semester alone: a course, traditionally, may meet hourly three times a week for fifteen weeks. This amounts to 45 hours. I don’t know about you but I may be able to do this in four weeks, dedicating roughly 10 hours a week. I’m not saying that it takes ten hours a week; I’m simply demonstrating the basic rationale behind the condensed distance education courses.
The 45 hours is counting that the sessions last the full hour each time in the traditional setting, but all of us know that classes do not start on time and often end early. We can also take under account the number of people in the traditional course that may ask questions. In a distance education model, you go as fast or as slow as you want within certain parameters depending on the online degree program.
With this condensation of courses, one may be able to accomplish their goal much expediently without loosing the learning experience. I would suggest before selecting or ruling out an online institution to look into these three organizations: The U.S. Department of Education, The Better Business Bureau, and the institutions accrediting body. The accrediting body and importance will vary on degree type sought.
The main reason for researching this would be to establish the programs credibility. Distance education is not for everyone, so be sure to conduct one of the many self-tests available on this matter. In short, it takes management skills, discipline, and computer skills. This is how the condensation of courses occurs, due to the elimination of certain aspects of traditional institutions such as trying to get all parties involved together at the same time.