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Obtain a Degree Online From the Comfort of Home

By Kenneth L Myers

Many universities through out the nation now offer some kind of online learning and web-based courses. Since the advent of online degree programs the image and stigma of correspondences is now a thing of the past. Online degree programs offer convenience and flexibility to working adults who want to obtain or finish a degree. Class schedules and attendance can be worked into the student's schedule. This is contrary to the brick and mortar university with its rigid class schedules.

Earning your degree on line is not limited to a specific industry; there are a variety of degrees available to you through the internet. Many companies have profited largely with the advent of online, web-based learning programs. While traditional universities are referred to as "state" or "non-profit" entities, companies offering online degree programs are usually provided by "for-profit" programs.

In the past, in order to receive the opportunities and class structure needed in obtaining a degree, one would have to attend a university; however, these same opportunities and class structure are available online. Students register for classes, buy class materials, attend the courses, and take tests and exams. That's where the similarities of online degree programs end.

The registration process usually takes place online, just as with some conventional schools as well. Most all of the class materials can be purchased online; these materials may consist of textbooks and some downloaded material. Students attend courses for online degree programs via the world-wide-web. These courses may include live video presentations by the professor, pre-recorded streaming video lectures, downloadable lecture recordings, and other electronic media.

Taking a test or exam online may come in several formats; the exams can be given by the professors. In some cases the class may have an exam that is being given as a multiple choice test on a web-page that is password protected. Others may require that a testing software application be downloaded and run. Still other test formats for online degree programs might include tests in PDF format that the student prints and completes.

Due to the convenience of online degree programs many individuals find them tremendously popular. In some courses the professor may require that the students participate in an online chat or that they must be logged in concurrently with the professor at regularly scheduled times. In most cases the student can view lectures at any time of the day. Students living near real world universities can sometimes interact with classmates there.

Typically universities attract and accommodate students ages 18 to 22. Often times older adults may feel out of place in this atmosphere. Thus an online degree program gives the flexibility and comfort for both adults and working moms. Those with jobs often turn to online degree programs because of their rigid work schedules. This flexibility does not equate to laziness, however. The working student is still responsible for all class work and tests.

Online learning would not be possible without the convenience of the internet, which has become a valuable learning tool among many students. Online degree programs offer freedom and flexibility not available to most traditional schools.
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