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Distance Learning Online Grows in Enrollment and Reputation

While some people succumb to the overbearing sense of overwhelm that is the imposing and crushing cousin of a downturn market and a slow economy, others choose to do much more than simply tread water and keep their heads just above the surface. For those of you who want to achieve a vastly improved quality of life, distance learning online can help you enjoy a comfortable float instead of having to constantly tread, kick and thrash just to survive.

In today’s alarmingly cutthroat job market made all the more vicious by a volatile economy, more and more people are realizing that they need to arm themselves with proactive tools and resources instead of simply trying to hunker down and weather it out. Who really wants to try and see how far they can stretch their unemployment check? Across virtually every industry, people who have a degree are more likely to earn more money and enjoy a greater quality of life than their peers who do not have a higher education. Not only that, but a majority of today’s employers make college degrees a prerequisite before they will even consider a candidate for a position. When you invest in your education you are making a direct investment in your future, the quality of your life and the lives of your family members. Having a degree can make the difference between earning the salary you deserve and working at a low-paying job that you do not enjoy. Don’t hesitate to take the first step to getting a better education. Your future may depend on it!

The problem for many adults, however, is that they do not have the time or the money it takes to attend at traditional college or university. But there is good news: Distance learning education offers working adults the opportunity to complete their degree and get the skills they need to survive in today’s market. Distance learning courses cost much less that university courses, provides the same information, and can most often be completed in the comfort of your own home. And the best thing about distance education is that you can adjust your class and study schedule to fit in your busy life.

About 27% of online courses are work related, and about 21% of the courses are for personal interest. Colleges and universities are competing heavily for online students. It is seen as a way to boost enrollment without increasing expenses, according to a report by the University of Idaho. Most of the growth in online classes is occurring in programs that are already offered online rather than new online programs, however. Some small schools that would like to boost enrollment by offering distance learning online cannot afford the technology required.

Many teachers feel that the preparation required to teach online classes actually improves their teaching and gives them more empathy for their students. For these teachers, the disadvantages of not having the class present is outweighed by the wider number of students they are able to reach, being able to reach students that could otherwise not attend class, being able to involve speakers that would not otherwise be available and linking students from different backgrounds (social, economical and cultural).

There are also options for people who find it harder to stay motivated. Many classes are available that meet on a regular basis online. Classes that require work other than on the computer, such as library research, also help students to stay motivated. Educators recommend that students ask to communicate with a professor in the subject they are most interested in before making a decision. Even a few exchanges of email can be helpful when determining what kind of educational setting is provided by the school.

Some online schools offer college credit for life experience or work experience. This can add up to about 25% of the 280 to 285 credits needed for a bachelor's degree. If you are offered more than 25% credit for work or life experience, you may not be dealing with a highly reputable institution. If you are transferring credits from another institution, you can request an official transfer estimate to determine how many of your credits will count toward the degree you are seeking.

There is no reason to put off getting your degree for another day. Invest in your education and you will enjoy the rewards for a lifetime!

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