Online Education

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  1. Jim Veradyne

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    When they first began coming up with online college degrees, they included some cost saving ideas, such as Regents colleges that would accept any coursework that someone might have taken elsewhere, as well as life experience credits and other options, applying it toward an accredited degree.

    These options seem to be gone, replaced by online degree programs that are every bit as expensive as as attending and living on campus, and I believe that has as much to do with preventing online programs from competing with brick and mortar colleges than with anything having to do with reasonable costs.
     
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    I have also found that "getting" transcripts form previous colleges is big business, now. I also found that getting transcripts, official or otherwise, from the 1970's nigh impossible. Even from a large school, like the University of Maryland. 30 some credits not accounted for. Most places charge anywhere from a few dollars to $20 to get transcripts sent to a school.

    I tried an online course a few years back, that was not even close to what the syllabus and course description indicated. It was poorly run, and the rudest peer group of students I have ever encountered. Needless to say I dropped it 3 weeks in.

    I am in the process of trying my local community college, and we are stuck at the "provide proof of child immunizations"...all of that was lost decades ago. While I have the tell tale scar on my upper arm and I clearly remember the sugar cube, I have no "proof" that I have been vaccinated.
     
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    Hey all.

    Dave, what on earth do you have to prove you had immunization for? That's just weird, do they think you could be contagious or something? Ha.

    I tend to do one or two online courses each year. The last one I took was "basic accounting", mainly because it's been years since I took accounting in school and also because I needed accounting vocabulary in Spanish (language of the country in which I live and work). I avoid online "universities", mainly because I've already finished those studies. However, for specific added training that will contribute to my efficiency at work, online courses offered by the official governmental agencies or recognized instructional organizations are great.

    I've also used online platforms for my old job, ESL teaching-- from chat rooms to conversation on Skype, to actual platforms with whiteboards and the capacity to upload videos and PowerPoint presentations. All of my students in those "virtual classrooms" have gone away satisfied, so it would depend a lot on the course work and, of course, the teacher.

    My first online class was, ironically, on Online course development and practice.

    peace,
    revel.
     
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    I have not tried to take an online class yet. I do take alot of work related training online. The details for training do differ from one company to another some more involved than others. I often would like to have someone there to aks a question or to hear others thought on the subject. Taking a class online does require self discipline, to log into the class and to do the work in the program.
     
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    If you want a piece of paper - then its going to cost. However, if it is just the learning (and a certificate for the wall from a fancy Uni) then most of the top universities (worldwide) offer free courses - see websites like Coursera.org and Edx.org - there are also YouTube channels from Unis such as MIT etc for whole courses where lectures were video
     
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    Well of course, younger kids seem to think that us older students are not working as efficiently as those younger ones. Although, it's better for us because they don't have the experience to learn/work as good as us since we've the life experience and know what to do. Ive had that problem before with the younger arrogant students, they don't seem to respect me as a fellow colleague rather just an "old-hag"
     
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    I love the way higher learning is coming out to the masses if they put in the effort. You can take the same courses MIT students pay for on-line for free. You can learn higher math and sciences. You can learn programming. All for free. If you're just interested in short learning courses, I like Khan Academy on youtube.
     
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    There must be an intrinsic motivational factor in learning, in a way learning must be fun. Online education is great because of the access to almost all information on any given subject. Learning online whether if taken courses or performing research is a calm setting and lets the learner take in more information.
     
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    I would suggest Kahn Academy. This is totally free and a fun way to learn.
    I've watched a few informative videos, and though I haven't completed any courses, it seems like the kind of place to learn in an easy and relaxed way.
     
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    I've already got degrees, so I'm less concerned about matriculating into an institution than I am about learning new techniques for fields I have an interest in, so free courses would be great for me. I think iTunes has a lot of free courses/classes as well, although I haven't checked in a while. From what I remember, they had language classes, history, etc., so that's another place to look for non-credit courses, if that's what you want.
     
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    Seeing the posts here makes me realise that those of us in the UK can consider ourselves lucky that we have the Open University. In fact, it's even better for those of us in Scotland, because the fees are lower than for people living in England and Wales. I completed my degree with the Open University - I only needed to do two years because of previous academic study - and it cost me no more than £350 for the course fees, though there was a bit of extra cost with text books. I took advantage of a £500 grant for each of my two years.

    The OU courses are primarily online, though you get the opportunity to go to lectures with your tutor. These are not mandatory, though I always liked to go along. I had to sit an exam as well (oh, the aching hands and head), but most of it was online. I loved every minute of it (well, maybe not the exam).
     
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    I took an online course at Ashworthcollege. I would recommend them to ANYONE. They were great, friendly, and easy to work with.
     
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    I've finished an online Certificate course with High Distinctions two years ago (Yehey!!). Now I'm waiting for a place with Yale University (Coursera) to do Law and Justice, Moral Foundation of Politics. Looks interesting. I can picture myself deep into study and research, with hopes of carrying through the course.
     
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    Very nice! What are your plans when you're done?
     
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    I've been freelancing. With With Law and Justice, "Moral Foundation of Politics", I want to be wiser, educated, practice my moral obligation in society, help explain truth in writing, speaking and teaching. Perhaps be a lawyer or defender for the defenceless.

    Any suggestions @Jennifer Graves?
     
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    I don't have any suggestions at all. Seriously, it sounds like you really know what you want and how you are going to get it. It's really admirable!
     
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    Before I got promoted to a senior position, our boss rated me very low in the technical category. He said that I need a lot of improvement since I am handling a unit that deals with technical support. Since I cannot go to school anymore, I enrolled in a certification course for technical subjects in online classes. I regularly studied by logging on and being diligent particularly with the exams. After 3 months, I passed the online course and I was promoted the following year.

    College undergraduates or new graduates now have the opportunity to enhance their bio with certification courses that would help them get promoted or get a job.
     
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    I'm currently doing something similar. I want to do the work on our cabin. The means being able to do the electric. I'm taking a course to get certified as an electrician. I don't see me getting it done in 3 months, though. I'm hoping to be able to devote some real time to it soon, and maybe finish in 5 or 6 months.
     
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    My boss didn't pressure me on my online studies. He would always ask me about it and would tell me to take my time. Online classes is much different from the traditional school where there is a fixed schedule. What's good in online classes is you can choose your own schedule and have control of your time. But one thing I noticed is the practicum. You need to be serious in the exercises because those exercises would give you the insight of what you have learned.
     
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    no kidding! I get 3 tries with each test. I took the test for my current lesson so I could see what kind of questions I was looking at. I'm learning how to handle super dangerous electricity. I could easily go through all the tests like that, look up the answers, and move on. But I realize how important it is to read ALL of it. So that I won't die.
    If I had done this 20 years ago, I would have cheated the entire way, through.
     
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    Oh Wow! That would be a good one! Hopefully, you won't find TOO many rights being pooped on. lol
     
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    I had forgotten about Universal Class. I've taken a few classes through Universal Class before, which were good for CEU credits, although they are not accredited courses. They were well done, and useful. Not free, however. They have classes covering a lot of topics. I taught a class through Universal Class once too, several years ago.
     
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