What’s New in Online Schools

Today’s Internet has literally changed the face of the public and private education forever as online schools continue to meet the student needs that campus based programs never could.

Students are now able to enjoy the flexibility of choosing their own schedule, interact in lively online class discussions and even engage with professors all from the comforts of home. With the continuing advances in e-leaning technology, web access speeds, online video and teachers who specialize in distance learning programs… Online schools have become the fastest growing sector in the continuing education sector.

For example, the evolution of online chat tools like Skype, Yahoo and MSN has made it possible for students to have virtual, real-time conversations with their professors and fellow classmates.

Now that everything takes place online, the physical location of the student or their teacher is not even a consideration.

Distance learners have the added benefit of attending classes and making friends with students from around the globe. They also have the advantage of gaining insights, sharing research and collaboratively writing papers with peers from one of the most culturally diverse background educational settings possible. No wonder the online schools and their training programs are growing so quickly.

Completing your training online can also save time and money. Why spend hours searching through books at a huge campus library, when you can use the Internet to find what you need in a matter of minutes or even seconds. And how often are those books updated anyways? The Internet is an ideal source for up-to-date information.

As for financial benefits, in some cases you can complete your degree program more quickly with an online education. From college and university, to community certificate and degree programs, when you eliminate the cost of commuting between campus, dormitory apartment and home each day, you’ll save in a very big way. In addition, because you can complete the coursework, write papers and attend class on your own time, it’s likely you can continue working as you complete your degree online.

OK, so the advantages of e-learning are clear. But what do employers have to say about it? Do recruiters value a degree from online schools as much as those from campus based programs?

While some employers were once skeptical of the quality of Internet education, with government regulation, aggressive marketplace competition and advances in technology, many now actually expect that some or all of a student’s education will take place online.

In addition, as the majority of distance learners are holding down jobs while they study, they have both a degree and experience when they graduate.