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Online Degrees Experience Lack Of Confidence

It is an unfortunate situation, but currently online degrees experience a lack of confidence with hiring managers. If two candidates arrive at a job interview one with an online degree from an accredited School and the other with a degree from an accredited College or University but earned offline, preference will go to the applicant with the offline degree. This is not a reflection on the degree but more on the confidence in the programs offered online.

If you are interested in pure knowledge and are more interested in learning the material than the college experience, I think that an online degree is the way to go. In fact, I would go one step beyond this and say that I would search for an educational program that doesn’t necessarily provide a route to a degree. This may not lead to a job but will allow you to gain the knowledge for you to succeed in life.

You can get the knowledge that you need from many places. The recently deceased Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury never attended College. When a young boy and then after his graduation from high school, Bradbury went to the library. He started in the card catalog (remember what those are?) with the first card in the first drawer and continued to read until he reached the end of the last drawer. He called it the College of the library. Not only did he get an education but he stated that he had enough stories in his head to last him the rest of his life. Looking back, he did.

If you are still interested in an online degree, you need to very thoroughly research the program that you choose. Before even looking into the material and quality of the program you need to make sure that the degree program is in fact legitimate. In many cases, online degrees are offered from unaccredited schools that may not even exist in real life. Many of these degree mills exist in countries outside of the US while others are prevalent in some of the Southern states with poor enforcement practices.

I spent the better part of 20 years earning my degrees. I moved from College to College getting experiences in several parts of the US. I enjoyed every minute of it. While doing this I attended one of the pilot programs for online education. It was a well thought out interface that used the state of the art technology back in those days. The design was a chat area that was scheduled where we listened to the instructor. There was no live interface available. We then had tasks that had to be e-mailed to the instructor on a specific schedule. This was a creative writing course and was quite well suited to the early technology.

Now that the Internet has matured a bit, online learning has changed immensely. I am currently enhancing my knowledge with more online learning and have joined a community of like minded entrepreneurs. This concentration, while not providing a degree, is teaching me how to earn a living by writing on the internet. In my earlier online education I found that the main thing that was lacking was an interaction with others. That program was a very lonely experience. My current experience includes video training, live training once a week, a chat room where others share their knowledge and experience. The chat room doubles as a question and answer forum as well. There is all the online support that I could wish for.

I had a wonderful Online Degree experience where I was able to learn online and get an offline degree. Now the online experience has been enhanced many times. This program offers some amazing training, a great community and stellar support. The free starter program is well worth checking into. Hope to see you inside our community.


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Tough to read, because I've considered an online degree, but it makes sense. At least the smaller programs I've participated in, the level of teaching and requirements to pass weren't that difficult, or at least less difficult than what I imagine a real classroom setting would provide. Can't say I know from experience though! Honestly, if you want to learn something, you can basically learn anything online for free, and you don't need a degree IMHO. You need to be very motivated however to turn that knowledge into a career without the backup of a paper degree. Thanks for the article.

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  about 7 years ago
  

In point of fact, MIT has several courses available, Free of Charge, available online. If you want to learn classical education for free. This is an awesome place to start.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for the info! I would think employers would value the online degree more than they do.

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  about 7 years ago

Degrees teach us how to learn! Unfortunately, degrees also provide a no-thought way of "qualifying" people based on prejudices. So we'll probably find that in person degrees will continue to mean more than any other measure of a person. Therefore, as valuable as online learning can and will be, it's wise to get the degree from an institution that's been "rated" as fitting with the prejudice of whatever organizations you're likely to be involved with in your lifetime. There are good reasons, too, but many unfortunate reasons in a broken world.

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  about 7 years ago

If I were seeking a job with my online degree I would attach an education description page to my resume. I would explain the benefits of video training and the regularity of live training sessions. I would describe the social and community interactions of peer contacts through chat rooms where others share knowledge. I would educate them on the soundness of my accredited degree. I think time will change the respect levels of online degrees. Very interesting article.

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  about 7 years ago
  

I think time will heal this attitude as well. As an entrepreneur who has done the school thing ad nauseum, I go somewhere for the knowledge now. I am always learning but see very little need for advanced degrees. If you wish to work in academia you need the advanced degrees but otherwise the cost does not equate to higher earnings these days. Thanks for the comment

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  about 7 years ago
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