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ricmon87 Said,
January 7th, 2011 @11:23 pm  

I really don’t even know. I think because people are too sad and lazy to get off their computer to face the real world.

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Aaron L Said,
January 8th, 2011 @12:06 am  

I kept getting calls from some school called DeVry University suggesting that I go there. Now I wasn’t someone who was out of college or anything like that, I was enrolled at Indiana University(of which I’m now a proud graduate). Not only are these schools rediculous, very few employeers or graduate schools(if you are looking for higher education) take them seriously. I would strongly advise against anyone attending these diploma factories.

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CoachT Said,
January 8th, 2011 @12:51 am  

I took some courses in a couple online programs and I can tell you — it was not easy!

Give them a try yourself if you have the nerve. Then you can speak from experience about “online schools”

Try one of these first: Harvard http://www.extension.harvard.edu/2007-08/DistanceEd/courses/
if they will let you in.

Then try something from here: UMass
http://www.umassonline.net/Home.html
if they will let you

and here: Boston U.
http://musiceducation.bu.edu/
if that’s your sort of thing and they will let you in.

After you’ve tried these – then make a blanket statement that all online education is invalid.

Let me know how you did – we can share experiences.

You are correct though – these schools are VERY expensive. I’ve gone $3500 on a single class. It was worth every penny.

What I wonder is why anyone wastes money on East Podunk State Teachers College when they can study at the greatest schools in the world online. They’re narrow minded I suppose, or just can’t grasp the concept that things have changed…

Add: Indiana U. is indeed a really good school. You should be proud. They do an undergrad and a master’s wholly online there. Wonder if it’s easy, should we still take them seriously?

Add (re: below): I’m thinking that having studied Chaucer at Yale (they don’t do DL at Yale) would be incredibly valuable for someone seeking certification as an English teacher. That aside, it would certainly improve your understanding of literature.

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roslyn30 Said,
January 8th, 2011 @1:25 am  

This is true of U of P and other for-profit schools. It is not true of Harvard, U. Penn or the State University of New York. I am sorry you had a bad experience. Was it a for-profit or a diploma mill? An unaccredited school? You have to do your research before attending brick and mortar or online colleges because it is easy to get taken in by for-profits and ‘tech’ colleges. Before attending either one must check regional accreditation and placement statistics. Some for-profits lie about this, making life harder for many. SUNY has an online MA in teaching, and it’s alternative certification- fantastic for career changers. You spend less and get PAID for your student teaching! In NYC teachers start at 50. I wish I had known about this when I was younger.

And, CoachT, there are a lot of reasons people study at their local college- money, professional training (ie. if you want to be a teacher, a Harvard business course is useless, you need certification- you have to have an approved program, not just classes you like. In NY, for example, Hunter is a city school and is among the most respected social work programs. Around here, Brooklyn College is known for its education programs and Kingsborough Community for its campus and flexibility).

I want to take a few courses in another field, and I am not going to pay Yale prices to broaden my knowledge- I’ll do it online through the state. Chaucer is good to study at Yale, though (one of my favorite undergrad classes). Useless for certification of any kind, though.

The Ivy League has something to offer, but it isn’t the only game in town and isn’t for everybody.

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Thomas M Said,
January 8th, 2011 @2:01 am  

A lot of them are bad, but the same is true for brick-and-mortar universities. But there are plenty of reputable traditional universities that offer some courses online, and I’ve often heard good things about them.

The main reason for the popularity of these schools is the convenience. This is especially important for people who are working full time and trying to do a degree part time. Some of these people live in rural areas where they simply could not attend a regular college without moving.

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smsherrick Said,
January 8th, 2011 @2:10 am  

Online courses are a lot harder than traditional courses. In some programs you are taking a class that is typically a full semester (around 12 weeks) into 4 to 6 weeks. It is intense and students need to be disciplined and organized.

One reason people decide to attend a university online is because of time constraints and because they are currently working in a job. I am an online student and I started because it was the only program which I could do on my schedule. It is hard to get an employer who will let you leave work in the middle of the day to go to class, especially if you have business trips to attend.

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