Are you dreaming of going to college, or are you in need of finishing a career you began years ago? Do you need to go a step further in your education and want a higher degree above the one you already have? Any decision you take now must be weighted against the time you will need to complete that goal, and the costs of reaching that goals.
Maybe you have definite goals, but your time schedule is tight and compromised, then distance learning is the right choice for you.
You know, with distance learning and online courses you study at your own pace doing the homework and tasks within a flexible time-frame. However, the time flexibility is within a predetermined dates.
Once you enroll in an online course, the course will have a start and an ending date. A qualified teacher, or a board is assigned to handle the students enrolled in the course. The teacher will supply the course materials (or the links to them), and a time schedule for each one of the course objectives. You should inquire in advance if the course you are going to take requires you to travel and meet with your instructor, or the course is completely online.
Be aware of the institution's credentials and accreditations. Be sure you understand the institution's requirements for completing your degree, course repetition, the process of dropping from the online course, and the money refund in case you cannot complete the course requirements.
Here you will find some information that may help you in making that critical decision.
"The first 6 months of unsupervised driving are the most hazardous in a novice driver’s driving experience (McCartt, 2006). Most States adopted graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems to give novice drivers experience in a protective environment, gradually introducing them to more risky driving conditions as they gain experience. Despite the gains of GDL programs, teenage drivers still have crash rates that are higher than that of experienced drivers over age 25. Statistics show that the causes of teen driver crashes are similar to that of adults --primarily due to failures to scan the road properly (hazard anticipation), speed management, incorrect assessment of roadway conditions, and distraction."
"According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau (2004), over 60 percent of the U.S. population between the ages of 25 and 64 in 2004 had no postsecondary education credential. That is about 65 million people over 25 years of age."
"Students with a mobility disability enrolled in a distance education course more often than students with no disability. No other statistically significant differences in distance education course or degree program enrollment were detected between students with a disability (mobility, sensory, or other) and students without a disability."
"In addition to the meta-analysis comparing online learning conditions with face-to-face instruction, analysts reviewed and summarized experimental and quasi-experimental studies contrasting different versions of online learning. Some of these studies contrasted purely online learning conditions with classes that combined online and face-to-face interactions. Others explored online learning with and without elements such as video, online quizzes, assigned groups, or guidance for online activities."
"More than 4,500 colleges and universities offer undergraduate degree programs in the United States. This vast choice means there are programs available to meet everyone’s needs – but how can you find the best program for you?! This guide aims to give you the knowledge you need to make the right choice."
"Opportunities for short-term study at U.S. universities include semester- or year-long university-to-university exchange programs, non-degree or special student study, summer study, and opportunities for scholars and fellows."
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