Top 10 Online Schools

With millions of Americans and adult learners worldwide opting for the convenience, ease, and value of an online education, the biggest question on every distance learner’s mind is “where can I get the best online education?”  All the info you need to know is now in one place, in our list of the Top Ten Online Schools.

1.  Penn State World Campus

With a name like Penn State attached to this program, you know it is going to carry some serious clout.  But beyond just the great reputation of the parent University, the Penn State World Campus has a lot going for it that makes it an easy choice for the number one spot.  First, there are currently more than 120 programs to choose from to receive your bachelor’s through the program, and all of the academic instruction meets Penn State’s rigorous standard.

  Combine great classes with good adviser options, and you have a solid all around program that can’t be beat.

2.  University of Florida Distance Learning

Renowned as a world leader in research, the University of Florida has impressive online learning options that provide many of the same opportunities that you would find attending the university in person.  An acclaimed alumni network of over 300,000 the University of Florida Graduates, access to career and academic resources, and even access to the University’s library through digital means are all things that make this program stand out.

3.  UMass Online

With so much acclaim for universities like Harvard and notoriety for schools like BU, UMass is sometimes forgotten in the landscape of Massachusetts schooling.  But this venerated University has a lot to offer, especially through their online learning options.  Fellowship advising and academic counseling are available to all online students, and UMass doesn’t stop there in making their online learners feel like a part of the University.  All students who achieve a degree over the internet are invited to graduation.

4.  Boston University

Another Massachusetts entry on this list, BU stands out for the variety of programming offered to online learners.  Also to Bachelor’s degrees, BU offers several online master’s courses, many Bachelor’s Completion programs, and certification programs to help professional tradesmen jump right into work.  Add a strong Alumni network and a world renowned business school, and it’s no wonder BU sits so high on this list.

5.  Northeastern University

If you are looking for a master’s or doctorate that can be achieved online, Northeastern may be the school for you, as their online learning offerings are very strong in the post-bachelor sphere.  Also to two dozen master’s degrees, Northeastern offers doctoral degrees in education and transitional physical therapy.  Plus the school is known for being incredibly accommodating to time constraints, so an academic adviser will be able to work with you to set a schedule you can keep.

6.  Indiana University

The historic Indiana University system offers excellent distance learning courses through IU Online, and has an impressive catalog to choose from.  With 9 Bachelor’s completion programs, it’s likely you can turn that associate’s or long time college sabbatical into a full-fledged Bachelor at IU.  Not to mention online learners have full access to many campus resources, and a dedicated tech support network to make online learning as easy as possible.

7.  Arizona State University

ASU Online lives up to the reputation of the physical University, which happens to be the largest public university in the country.  The online programs at ASU are a particularly good choice for students looking to break into the business world, as the sheer size of ASU’s student body and the strong business incubation focus will provide awesome networking opportunities to budding entrepreneurs.

8.  Florida State University, Office of Distance Learning

Not to be outdone by the University of Florida, FSU has an impressive distance learning program that provides a lot of unique opportunity to enrollees.  Post bachelor programs are particularly strong, with a wide variety of master’s to choose from.  Not to mention, by being an alumni of FSU, you are in the company of scientists doing some of the most cutting-edge research of any university in the world.

9.  Drexel University

A bit of an outlier on this list as a private university, Drexel Online brings a lot to the table to online learners interested in business and education.  With a doctorate in Educational Leadership, online learners can tap into the renowned network of educators that graduate with a Drexel degree.

10.  Oregon State University

While hated rivals OofU may have the lead in athletics, OSU has a world renowned distance learning program to offer with their OSU Ecampus curriculums.  You won’t run out of classes to take, as OSU offers close to one thousand different courses on their online menu.  24/7 counseling and tutoring services make this a very student friendly and flexible choice.

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NovoEd – A Leader in On-line Courses

•  Stanford GSB launches online leadership program on NovoEd.
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Getting a Job: Online Degrees Vs. Brick and Mortar Institution Degrees

There is great debate in the business world concerning the difference between online degrees and degrees earned at a brick and mortar institution. Despite this, statistics are showing that students graduating with degrees from online institutions are receiving the same treatment in the work force. There are many similarities between these two types of institutions that combine them in the minds of employers.

Collegiate degree programs need to be accredited by an educational accrediting body. This requirement is true of both online institutions as well as brick and mortar institutions. Employers are seeking potential employees that have graduated from legitimate and accredited intuitions, regardless of the method they received their education.

Accredited institutions (both online and traditional) are required to hire qualified instructors as well as maintain a challenging and standardized curriculum. If an entity fails to follow these guidelines, they will lose their accreditation. Many individuals who are unaware of this have the misunderstanding that because online universities don’t have a nearby office, they are not accredited. This is simply not the case. Most legitimate, online universities are accredited meaning that students graduating from their programs are receiving a similar education to those graduating from brick and mortar institutions.

Employers are now recognizing that many students who choose non-traditional educational opportunities do so for the right reasons. They may be working hard, full time to put themselves through college, which the flexible schedule of an online program can facilitate. Or, perhaps they have a family they are working to take care of and trying to better their career path. Online education can often be more cost effective because it can remove the expense of a costly commute and can reduce tuition.

Regardless of why a student chooses online coursework, the reality is that this method of education is rising in popularity. As technology continues to advance, online institutions will become more accessible to students and will remain a popular choice for educational opportunities. If an online degree program is part of an accredited university, that degree is of equal value to a degree earned at a brick and mortar institution. Employers recognize this and students graduation with online degrees are as likely to find a job and their brick and mortar counter parts.

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Why do Online Classes get a Bad Rap?

There are numerous positive aspects to an online education that attract students to this academic outlet. Despite all of these benefits, online classes still get a bad rap and are not for everyone.  An online education may be beneficial for some students but there are many elements to take into consideration when evaluating this option.

Online classes are not always less expensive.

Many students assume that online course work is less expensive that traditional course work. While this can be the case with some institutions, it certainly does not apply to all institutions. The colleges that are strictly online, and have no campus, are sometimes able to offer tuition for less money because of their lack of overhead. This does not apply to all schools, however. If you’re choosing online classes because you think they are cheaper, make sure you do your research, because they may not be.

Online classes are not easier than traditional classes.

Online classes are certainly not easier than traditional classes, and they may even be more challenging. They require discipline and a student that is very organized. Online classes require the student to do some self-teaching based on reading from the text and the lectures. This method of learning is not ideal for all students.

Online classes are just as time consuming as traditional classes.

Online classes are often the same amount of credit hours. This means that they require the same amount of time as traditional classes. Online coursework, because of the self-teach element can actually be more time consuming than regular online classes. Ultimately, college classes require reading, homework and studying. The method of academic delivery doesn’t minimize the amount of work required of college students.

Online classes still require social interaction.

Many students decide to take online classes in an attempt to avoid interacting with other students. Unfortunately, they fail to realize that most online classes include some form of social interaction, whether it’s a discussion board or an online group project. Part of the college experience requires learning to work effectively within groups (this is a fundamental skill in the work place as well). Online classes won’t get you out of interacting with peers.

Wrap up.

Ultimately online classes get a bad rap because students enrolling don’t have a great understanding of the requirements. They assume that because they are online, the classes will be easier and faster. This is not the case, and this results in a high amount of drop out and failure rates. Students considering online course enrollment need to research this option and evaluate their own learning habits prior to committing to a class.

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Why Online Classes can be Less Expensive

Many students looking for convenience and an educational experience at their own pace seek out online classes. Online college course tuition varies remarkably based on the institution offering the classes. Some online universities offer degrees extremely affordably, while others are rather expensive. The institutions that are able to offer online courses at reasonable tution can do so because they don’t have the high overhead of operating a college campus. This savings can then be used as a benefit to students and results in lower tuition. This is not the case in all situations and all students should research an institution and their prices thoroughly prior to signing up for classes.

If you’re taking online classes through a traditional college (not online institution) you likely won’t see any discount in tuition as that college still has the operating costs of the university and campus. Typically community colleges and state universities offer online courses at the same tuition as credit hours taken at the college’s campus.

While online course tuition varies there are other cost savings seen with taking classes online. Online courses eliminate the expenses related to commuting. Students aren’t required to own a vehicle as the classes can be taken at home. Given that, there is no expense for gas or car repairs.

While many traditional colleges charge labs fees and other pricey charges, these can often be avoided in online classes. By taking a course online, you aren’t using the intuition’s lab and thus no lab fee.

Online courses may include the textbook within the class itself. This means that in some classes, the expense of purchasing a pricey text book can be eliminated. Aside from tuition and room and board, text books are the next highest college cost. They can run hundreds of dollars and are often difficult to resell. Text books that are embedded within an online course’s curriculum offer great savings.

Many students who take online classes do so because of the schedule flexibility and the ability to maintain a job while being in school. Working while in school not only offsets the costs of being a student but can also provide professional opportunities. This may not directly relate to the expense of college and online courses, but the opportunities available to students with a flexible schedule cannot be ignored.

Online courses can be a great fit for many students. They can offer cost savings, flexibility and expand the access of higher education.

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Why Online Classes can be More Challenging

Online classes have become a frequently accessed option for students looking to minimize their commute or take course work at times convenient for them. Online course work offers numerous benefits for students but may not be for everyone. Take a look at why online classes can be more difficult than traditional college course.

You must be a self-starter.

To have success with online classes, you really must be a self-starter. You’re not going to the campus and being forced to stay awake while the instructor lectures. This is all on you. You read the lectures and PowerPoints from your computer at home, there is nothing to keep you awake aside from your own drive and interest in the topic. This is one of the common reasons why students fail at online classes. They don’t possess the drive to get the work done.

You must know your learning style.

When taking on line classes it’s really important to know your learning style. If you’re a visual learner, online classes may not be for you because there is more reading then there is application. Most online course work doesn’t involve experiments or working with your hands; these are things that visual learners enjoy. Online classes involve a lot of reading, writing and some interaction with peers.

You must be disciplined.

Online classes are challenging because you must be disciplined. You must set out time from your day every single week to complete the course work. If you do not establish a structured schedule, you will very likely not finish the course work on time. This is the other element that causes many students to fail online courses; they don’t possess the discipline to get the work done.

You better like to read.

When you take an online class you have to read the book. In traditional college classes, you can sometimes get away with not reading or skimming the text book because the instructor supplements the course with lecture. This isn’t the case with online classes. You have to read the book and you have to read the lecture. Often the exams are directly from the book’s publishing company which means if you didn’t read the book, you’re going to fail the exam.

You must have an understanding of technology.

Online courses require interaction with the internet, e-mail and whatever software the school is using. You have to have a general understanding of all of these programs in order to be successful with online classes. If you struggle with technology, online classes are not for you.

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5 Universities Offering Free Health Courses Online

See the list of the top free online health courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that’s right for you.

Free Online Course Info

Students looking to start a free online courses won’t be able to earn course credit for college. Students are expected to complete these courses on their own without the help of an instructor. While titles of textbooks and recommended readings are provided, learners may need to purchase these items separately. Students won’t be able to participate in any group assignments that were originally required….read more

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