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Old 11-13-2012, 05:04 AM   #3
wendy-o
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A lot of brick and mortar schools offer online courses. Some even offer complete degrees online. That could certainly help with worries about reputation.

Also, many schools are offering their content free. There are Ivy League schools that offer tons of courses for free. Anyone could learn the content. However, when it is free, no degree is granted. So, it could be a way to enhance skills and knowledge base without paying lots of money.

On a side note, online courses are NOT easier. More often than not, they require more work from the student. Everything is text-based. You will have to sit at a computer a lot to communicate something that would take just a few minutes or seconds in a face to face interaction. The successful online student works well independently, and is good at setting goals and accomplishing them without someone reminding them to turn something in. For a traditional (face to face) college class, a student should spend 2 hours preparing and studying for every classroom hour. The ratio is much higher for online courses.

(I am not opposed to online classes; it's just that a lot of students go into it not seeing the actual time commitment.)
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