Have you tried online education? How was it?

May 21, 2008 7:52pm CST
Just recently, my husband decided to go back to school to take up Masters in Business Management thru an online program of a University. He plans to finish his PHD online as well. Its good that education can be acessed even in a computer but how does it work? Will it be as effective as personally going to school to attend class?
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@deemazing (395)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I've taken almost my full degree online. I did not finish because I couldn't afford it. I attended 3 online universities: AIU, Kaplan and Cornell (I got a certificate there). It's just as effective, if not more effective, than going to traditional classes. The way it works is you usually need to participate in a lot of forum discussions with your classmates and teacher. Teachers respond to questions you ask via email or PM. For emergency questions related to a term paper, teachers are usually accessible through a hotline phone number. I personally found it to be more educational for me than high school was. The reason is because I realized I am better off self-taught. I have attention problems when it comes to learning, and I get bored and agitated when I have to wait to move on to a new discussion when someone else just can't understand what is going on. One needs to be very good at reading comprehension, as most of the learning process will be on their own and with a textbook. One also needs to dedicate a lot of time to online learning. The reason is because a course is usually only 1 month long at the most and there are term papers every week or every 2 weeks. There is usually a Sunday deadline to turn in all work for the week...try not to wait until the last minute. It is widely accepted just as any other degree is. For me, it was a bit harder because I graduated high school in 2003 and 2004 is when online Universities really started to show up, and employers thought it was a joke at the time. Now, however, things have definitely changed and it's perfectly fine to go to college online. In fact, I've found that employers like the dedication a person puts into attending both school and work at the same time.