Despite their many positive aspects, online degrees do present some obstacles. Here are some problems you might run into—and how to solve them.
# Unaccredited online degrees: the Internet harbors many diploma mills, although plenty of well-respected schools also offer online courses, including Duke, Stanford, and Boston University. Double-check your online program’s accreditation and reputation before signing up.
# Less social interaction: since you usually have reduced face-to-face time with your classmates and teachers while taking online courses, you should do your best to stay socially engaged through online discussions, emails, and small-group chats.
# Lack of structure: although many people enjoy the flexibility of online coursework, other students struggle in less-structured environments; you should make sure that you have enough self-discipline to attend your online classes.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employees with bachelor’s degrees earn almost twice as much per year as employees who only have high-school diplomas. When you earn your degree online, you can beef up your paycheck on your own terms.
Why Online Study Benificial?
Has your demanding career or busy personal life stopped you from attending school? Never fear: the convenience and flexibility of distance learning can make earning your degree a snap. Because online degrees enable you to finish your coursework from any location with an Internet connection, you can study in your local coffee shop or in the comfort of your own bedroom. Also, because your courses are available 24 hours a day, you can log on to your virtual classroom at your convenience, which means you can keep your full-time job.
Many other bonuses exist for online learners, including:
* Learning technology: since online learning forces you to use your computer, you can quickly master new technology, from Internet search engines to word processing software to videoconferencing programs.
* Saving gas: with today’s rapidly rising fuel prices, an online degree can provide an economically sound alternative to campus commutes.
* Increasing your global awareness: Internet-based degrees can allow you to study at campuses across the world, which may expose you to international faculty members and culturally diverse classmates.