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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Advantages of Online Learning over Traditional Education by April Davis

Today I have April Davis guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

There are many reasons to cheer for online education, and even though this form of learning has been scorned by the mainstream academia and perceived as the poor cousin of education, it has found many takers because of the various conveniences and advantages that it offers. Also, if you examine the underlying issues more closely, you’ll see how online education trumps its traditional counterpart in many aspects.
  • It’s the best way to gain an education while retaining your full-time job. You don’t have to give up your salary in order to further your education, and you could even get your employer to sponsor your degree (which they may not do if you take time off to enroll in a traditional school).
  • You’re protected from the temptations that plague college students – parties, sororities and other social events that don’t allow you to focus on your academic performance and your grades are removed from the online education scene. And with the recent report that finds that students are spending more time on trivial pursuits than on academic excellence, and so are not equipped with the key skills they should learn from college even after two years of school, it’s all the more reason to opt for an online degree that minimizes these distractions.
  • Most online learners are a focused lot – they go back to school because they have aspirations and want to achieve an aim, or they choose to study online because they want to work simultaneously, minimize their expenses, and reduce their student debt. So they’re more inclined to concentrate on their lessons and more driven to achieve success, even against the most insurmountable of odds. Regular college-goers are not as focused; many of them go to college because it’s expected of them and not because they really want to or because they’re hoping to achieve their goals through college.
  • You can minimize your overall expenditure – you don’t have to commute to and from college, you don’t have to shell out money for boarding and food, and you’re spared shelling out for those numerous parties that seem to be a persistent affair on any college campus.
Having said all this, it must be remembered however that online education works only when the student is extremely focused, knows how to balance many things on his/her plate, and is prepared to make a few sacrifices along the way to realize their aim.

This guest post is contributed by April Davis, she writes on the topic of Accredited Degree Online .

About Accredited Degree Online

Mission Statement:
Students are attending online colleges and universities in increasing numbers every year. Yet not every college is regionally accredited, and some are not even nationally accredited. Unfortunately, schools themselves have not been forthcoming with this information. As a result, I have created this website in order to provide students with the tools that they need to figure out whether the online degree they plan to obtain is accredited, if so by what body, and what the significance of that accreditation is.

Submit your Question: 
The online colleges are only loosely regulated, and relying exclusively on schools themselves to explain their accreditation status and its implications is leaving thousands of students confused or misled each year. As a result, April regularly answers students questions about online schools and whether they are accredited via email at Contact{at}AccreditedDegreesOnline{dot}org. If your question is new or interesting and applies to many schools generally I will request to add your question to our FAQ so that other students can benefit from this information as well.

April welcomes your questions and comments at her email

Many thanks to April.
Enjoy your reading!