It’s no secret that online education choices are becoming plentiful, but prospective students have to be picky when it comes to choosing their courses. Unfortunately, there are many scams out there in virtual academia, and you have to be careful not to fall victim to any of them.
We’ve all been inundated with ads for schools offering quick degree programs and such, many of them for free. But really, how much in life is really free? With all the talk about how expensive a traditional college education has become, we should all know better than to believe that we can really obtain a degree online for free. And, if that degree is promised by a school you’ve never hear of, chances are, it’s a big fat scam. Nothing in life is free, and a degree you can get while sleeping is most assuredly too good to be true. Think of all those weight loss ads that promise results despite being able to eat anything you want and not exercise.
Many universities that previously eschewed online learning are dipping their collective toes in the water by offering “MOOCs,” an acronym for “Massive Open Online Courses.” These MOOCs are free to anyone who can access them online, from anywhere in the world. Schools like MIT, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, the University of Toronto and other big academic names are making lectures available online, but not for students interested in obtaining degrees. The idea is to give students the opportunity to expose themselves to coursework without making a commitment. If you just want knowledge, MOOCs are ideal. If you’re in the market for a degree, there will be homework involved.
Many online training and education pundits are encouraged by the creation of MOOCs, but there’s no telling at this point what they might morph into. Many traditional universities have not fully embraced online learning, and others have made myriad online degree programs available to students. Students, however, are the ones getting caught in the tsunami of choices.
Our advice to anyone planning to embark on a training course of degree program online: Choose carefully! Make sure you read up on your chosen institution/training provider before you sign up for anything, and definitely before you give up the digits to your credit card. Make sure the institution is reputable, and accredited to provide the education you want. Same goes for training, especially if you need a certificate or some other type of proof that you’ve completed the necessary sessions.
Remember, Anything worth doing is worth doing right; that is especially true of online education.
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