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In today’s world, earning a college degree can be done through a variety of ways. Some students will attend regular brick and mortar classes while others may enroll in hybrid classes that are a mixture of online and in-class work. However, a large percentage of college students nowadays are earning their college degree online. Online schooling is widely praised and attracts many due to the fact that it is convenient and offers more flexibility than normal classes. With online school you can do your work wherever you have a computer and an internet connection.
Though online schooling is much more convenient for those of us with busy schedules, flexibility doesn’t mean that earning a degree online is any less demanding; in fact many would say it’s just the opposite. Online college students have to be extremely self-motivated and organized in order to be prepared for online discussions, homework, as well as tests. Here are seven tips that will be helpful in assuring you are successful at earning a degree online:
(New York Times) — Jack London was the subject in Daterrius Hamilton’s online English 3 course. In a high school classroom packed with computers, he read a brief biography of London with single-paragraph excerpts from the author’s works. But the curriculum did not require him, as it had generations of English students, to wade through a tattered copy of “Call of the Wild” or “To Build a Fire.” Mr. Hamilton, who had failed English 3 in a conventional classroom and was hoping to earn credit online to graduate, was asked a question about the meaning of social Darwinism. He pasted the question into Google and read a summary of a Wikipedia entry. He copied the language, spell-checked it and e-mailed it to his teacher.
Mr. Hamilton, 18, is among the expanding ranks of students in kindergarten through grade 12 — more than one million in the United States, by one estimate — taking online courses. Advocates of such courses say they allow schools to offer not only makeup courses, the fastest growing area, but also a richer menu of electives and Advanced Placement classes when there are not enough students to fill a classroom. But critics say online education is really driven by a desire to spend less on teachers and buildings, especially as state and local budget crises force deep cuts to education. They note that there is no sound research showing that online courses at the K-12 level are comparable to face-to-face learning.
(Businessweek) — In an ideal world, with unlimited funds, all students would have access to the best educational systems we could design. But our world is not perfect. And our traditional model for undergraduate education costs too much and delivers too little. Over the past 25 years, higher education costs, at our more modest institutions as well as at elite schools, have been skyrocketing. And many question whether the majority of today’s graduates are well prepared for the world of the future.
(AOL Black Voices) — Radio show host Tom Joyner has decided to start making investments in the educational arena. Joyner has announced that he will help found a company designed to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in their quest to create online and distance learning programs. Joyner’s foundation has donated quite a bit of money to HBCUs. He is also a proud advocate for these campuses, which have struggled a great deal during the recent recession. Tapping into additional revenue provided through online programs would provide a much needed boost for many black colleges and universities.