online classes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7023/all en-US 3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-computer-480182749-small.jpg" alt="businessman computer" title="businessman computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="145" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Business majors are in demand. A recent survey by Millennial Branding and Beyond.com found that <a href="http://millennialbranding.com/2014/05/multi-generational-job-search-study-2014/">18% of companies are interested in hiring business majors</a> &mdash; second only to the 27% of companies looking to hire engineering and computer majors.</p> <p>There's a need for people with business degrees, or at least business skills. And the Internet offers a dizzying number of flexible, low-cost options for learning the ways of business. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-continue-your-education-without-going-back-to-school?ref=seealso">8 Cheap Ways to Continue Your Education Without Going Back to School</a>)</p> <p>Here are three approaches to getting a quality business education online.</p> <h2>1. Earn a Degree</h2> <p>A growing number of schools that offer traditional undergrad and graduate degrees in business now offer completely or mostly online options for obtaining a degree. Such programs typically have admissions requirements that are just as rigorous as their on-campus degree programs, although some offer open admissions, meaning all you need is a high school degree or a GED. Participating in a degree program is, by far, the most expensive route toward an online business education. Still, if it's an actual degree you're after, online programs are less expensive than on-campus programs.</p> <p>To help sort through the various online degree offerings, a few organizations list, rank, or help you search for programs that meet your needs or interests:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education">U.S. News &amp; World Report</a> ranks online programs in general (not by program) and graduate business programs, using criteria such as faculty credentials, student services, and student engagement (opportunities for interaction with other students and teachers).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/30-best-online-colleges-2014/">TheBestSchools.org</a> offers various online program rankings, from the 20 Best Online <a href="http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/20-best-online-bachelors-business-management-degree-programs/">Bachelor's in Business Management Degree</a> Programs to the 20 Best Online <a href="http://www.thebestschools.org/rankings/20-best-online-bachelor-marketing-degree-programs/">Bachelor's in Marketing Degree</a> Programs. Its criteria includes academic excellence, return on investment, and &quot;incidental benefit&quot; (student satisfaction, graduation rates, campus safety, and more).</li> </ul> <p>Of course, if there's a particular school you're interested in, just search on the name of the school and &quot;online business degree&quot; to find out if it offers such a program.</p> <p>At the early stages, though, the below examples ought to give you a sense of how some school's online programs match up to there on-campus counterparts.</p> <h3>Penn State</h3> <p>Penn State offers numerous online undergrad and graduate business degrees through its <a href="http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/business-bachelors/overview">World Campus</a>. Tuition costs $518 to $559 per credit &mdash; almost 25% less than the in-state on-campus tuition. Compared to the out-of-state tuition, the online costs are less than half the price.</p> <h3>Indiana University</h3> <p>Indiana University's well-regarded <a href="http://kelley.iu.edu/onlineMBA/">Kelley School of Business</a>, likewise, offers an online MBA (students need to spend one week on campus in Bloomington, IN for an &quot;intense introduction to the program&quot;). Tuition costs $1,175 per credit hour. With 51 credit hours required, that comes to nearly $60,000 plus about $100 per course for books and other course materials. By contrast, the school's on-campus two-year MBA program costs $104,000 for in-state students and $143,000 for out-of-state students, including tuition, fees, and room and board.</p> <h3>Northwestern University</h3> <p>At Northwestern University, you can't get an online MBA, but you can get an online Master's Degree in <a href="http://www.scs.northwestern.edu/program-areas/graduate/imc-online/index.php">Integrated Marketing Communications</a>. It costs $3,744 per class (13 classes required), $115 technology fee per class, and a $500 deposit for a total of a bit over $50,000. By comparison, the five-term, full-time on-campus Integrated Marketing Communications program costs over $130,000, including tuition, room and board, health insurance, books, and everything else.</p> <h3>University of Phoenix</h3> <p>And finally, a lower cost option is to obtain a degree from the <a href="http://www.phoenix.edu/">University of Phoenix</a>, which has been providing online learning for 20 years and is the nation's largest for-profit college. Beware, though, according to <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Panel-Recommends-Reaccrediting/139229/">an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education</a>, this school came under fire last year over questions about retention and graduation rates, some of its educational processes, and other issues. Ultimately, it was re-accredited, but told that it needs to make certain improvements.</p> <h2>2. Earn a Credential</h2> <p>If you don't need a full-fledged degree, but still want some type of credential to show for your efforts, there are several options.</p> <h3>Harvard CORe</h3> <p>Harvard just introduced a $1,500 online <a href="http://www.hbx.hbs.edu/hbx-core/">HBX CORe program</a> (Credential of Readiness) consisting of three business courses: business analytics, economics for managers, and financial accounting. It's designed for undergrad students who want some business knowledge, non-business grad students, and those early in their careers. Right now, the program is limited to students who live in Massachusetts, but eventually the school plans to introduce additional business classes and make them available to students worldwide.</p> <h3>Extension Programs</h3> <p>Many schools offer certificate programs through their extension or continuing education programs. For example, <a href="https://www.uclaextension.edu/Pages/fos/BusinessPrograms.aspx">UCLA</a> offers numerous online business certificate programs, such as a Business Administration Certificate With Concentration in Finance for a total of just under $11,000.</p> <h3>MOOCs</h3> <p>Online platforms such as <a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a>, <a href="https://novoed.com/">NovoEd</a>, <a href="https://www.edx.org/">edX</a>, the Open University on <a href="http://www.open.edu/itunes/subjects">iTunes U</a>, and <a href="https://www.udacity.com/">Udacity</a> offer a huge number business classes, some of which offer the option to obtain a certificate for an additional fee.</p> <p>The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania now makes its first-year MBA classes, such as <a href="https://www.coursera.org/course/accounting">An Introduction to Financial Accounting</a>, available for free through Coursera, including a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor and issued by Coursera.</p> <p>Coursera and other online platforms also offer higher-level certificates that are issued by the platform and the partner university. For example, you can take a class from Vanderbilt through Coursera called <a href="https://www.coursera.org/course/innovation">Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations</a>. The course may be taken for free. Or, if you want a Verified Certificate, that costs $49. While such certificates don't represent college credit, they may provide stronger proof that you successfully completed the course, a bit more prestige, and perhaps more help in obtaining tuition reimbursement from an employer.</p> <h2>3. Gain Some Knowledge</h2> <p>MIT's <a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm">OpenCourseWare</a> site offers MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) content from over 2,000 of the school's courses, including many undergrad and graduate classes from the Sloan School of Management. While you can't get a degree from completing the courses, they are all free. You can download lecture notes, assignments, exams, and in some cases, video lectures.</p> <p>Many other universities, such as <a href="http://online.stanford.edu/">Stanford</a>, make many of their courses available in similar fashion.</p> <p>One of the more innovative uses of these free online courses can be seen in the experience of Laurie Pickard. From her home in Rwanda, where she works for the United States Agency for International Development, she's working through a handpicked assortment of free online grad school classes from some of the world's best business schools. While she won't receive an official MBA, she'll have what she considers to be the equivalent. She's chronicling her experience at an appropriately named <a href="http://www.nopaymba.com/">No Pay MBA</a> blog.</p> <p>You'll find countless free online non-credit classes on the platforms mentioned earlier: Coursera, NovoEd, edX, iTunes U, Udacity, and others.</p> <h2>No Shortage of Online Learning Options</h2> <p>Online education is a fast-growing space, with a lot of experimentation going on among schools and platforms. Many questions are emerging along with that growth, such as how much value employers will place on an online degree versus a traditional degree, and how resume-worthy are non-credit or certificate classes. But for students looking for flexible, low-cost learning opportunities, there have never been so many options to choose from.</p> <p><em>Have you taken an online university class? What's been your experience?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/matt-bell">Matt Bell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-times-you-should-choose-private-school-over-public">7 Times You Should Choose Private School Over Public</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes">7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-obamas-free-community-college-deal-will-help-you">3 Ways Obama&#039;s Free Community College Deal Will Help You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didn-t-learn-in-college-but-you-should-have">10 Things You Didn’t Learn in College (but You Should Have)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-masters-degrees-that-will-drastically-increase-your-earning-power">5 Master&#039;s Degrees That Will Drastically Increase Your Earning Power</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Personal Development business education education MBA online classes online college Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:00:04 +0000 Matt Bell 1149172 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homework-479706709-small_0.jpg" alt="homework" title="homework" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Online classes are all the rage, and with good reason: The <a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/10/24/the-rise-in-tuition-is-slowing-but-college-still-costs-more">cost of higher education</a> has skyrocketed. Those unwilling (or unable) to take on a mountain of student loan debt are forced to seek alternatives, and for many, that means earning a degree online. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-continue-your-education-without-going-back-to-school?ref=seealso">8 Cheap Ways to Continue Your Education Without Going Back to School</a>)</p> <p>Advocates of distance learning programs tout advantages like flexibility and reduced cost, but is that really true? Listed below are some unexpected ways going to school online could cost you in the long run.</p> <h2>1. Lack of Human Interaction</h2> <p>The obvious difference between attending traditional classes and taking them online is the lack of people. No face-to-face teacher time, no sharing notes with your peers, no group projects. Often the discussion and debate that takes place in the classroom is what leads to true learning, and distance learners miss it completely. Not to mention that restricting oneself to only electronic messages leaves the door wide open for miscommunication.</p> <h2>2. You May Still Have to Commute</h2> <p>To combat the problems that arise when students and teachers never meet, some programs take a hybrid approach and require that virtual students come to campus several times throughout the course of their degree. If you choose an online program based out of state, or have limited resources for commuting, this will be costly and possibly take time away from work and family.</p> <h2>3. Hidden Fees</h2> <p>If you're attracted to online classes because of the flexibility, you might want to investigate how much it's going to cost you. Some online universities penalize students who just want to take one or two classes at a time. In addition, according to US News, &quot;prospective students should also keep an eye out for assessment fees, graduation fees and yes, <a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/01/08/4-hidden-costs-of-online-degrees">even parking fees</a> when shopping around for an online degree program.&quot;</p> <h2>4. No FAFSA</h2> <p>If you're depending on Federal Student Loans to pay for your online education, be very careful when researching potential programs. An online school must be accredited by an authorized agency in order to participate in the federal financial aid program. Be on the lookout for fake &quot;accreditors&quot; whose fraudulent names sound real, but will get you rejected from FAFSA.</p> <h2>5. Less Experienced Teachers</h2> <p>Not everyone that has an advanced degree is cut out to be a teacher. Even fewer are cut out to be good teachers in an online environment. To qualify for online teaching positions, most schools only require a Master's degree, and in some cases, proof that the would-be teacher has taken a cluster of advanced coursework in the area they wish to teach. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-online-teaching-be-for-you?ref=seealso">Could Online Teaching Be for You?</a>)</p> <h2>6. No Extra-Curricular Activities</h2> <p>Ready for a shock? Often the most valuable college experiences happen outside the classroom and traditional coursework. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-an-internship-as-an-adult">Internships</a>, apprenticeships, student government positions, summer research projects, Greek organizations, and academic clubs &mdash; these are the places you gain real job skills, and network with people who can help you later in life. They're also much harder to access if you're an online student. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-taking-classes-online-right-for-you?ref=seealso">Is Taking Online Classes Right for You?</a>)</p> <h2>7. You're More Likely to Fail</h2> <p>Schools that offer online classes love to promise how much easier it will be than traditional college. What they don't tell you is that unless you're incredibly disciplined, you're more likely to fail out of distance learning courses, thus wasting a ton of money. According to the New York Times, &quot;...[S]tudent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/opinion/the-trouble-with-online-college.html?_r=1&amp;">attrition rates</a> &mdash; around 90% for some huge online courses &mdash; appear to be a problem even in small-scale online courses when compared with traditional face-to-face classes&hellip; Courses delivered solely online may be fine for highly skilled, highly motivated people, but they are inappropriate for struggling students who make up a significant portion of college enrollment and who need close contact with instructors to succeed.&quot;</p> <p>Learn more about the hidden costs of online classes in the infographic below:<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.affordable-online-colleges.net/online-courses-cost/"><img width="605" height="1517" border="0" alt="Online Courses Cost" src="http://www.affordable-online-colleges.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/online-courses-cost.png" /></a><br /> Source: <a href="http://www.affordable-online-colleges.net/">Affordable-Online-Colleges.net</a></p> <p><em>Have you taken college course online? What was your experience like?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online">3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-save-money-in-college">100 Ways to Save Money in College</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-leave-college-without-making-these-5-moves-for-financial-success">Don&#039;t Leave College Without Making These 5 Moves for Financial Success</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/college-resources">40+ College Resources for Parents and Students</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training college online classes online college online education Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:00:34 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1141976 at http://www.wisebread.com Is Taking Classes Online Right for You? http://www.wisebread.com/is-taking-classes-online-right-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-taking-classes-online-right-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/studying_outside.jpg" alt="Woman studying outside" title="Woman studying outside" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re looking to start a degree, finish one, continue your education, get some new certifications, or just expand your horizons, there&rsquo;s probably an online study program out there that would give you what you want.</p> <p>While many students find these programs a boon to their education, the truth is that there are both benefits and drawbacks to studying online. As someone with experience teaching college courses online, I know that they work well for some students and situations and don&rsquo;t work well at all for others. If you&rsquo;re considering taking the next steps in your education online, think about these factors before you jump in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-succeed-as-an-online-student">How to Succeed as an Online Student</a>)</p> <h2>The Benefits of Online Classes</h2> <p>Though some of the benefits of taking online classes are obvious, others may not be as clear. Keep in mind that all of these will not pertain to every situation, but they should help you see how studying over the web could benefit you.</p> <h4>Take Classes You Wouldn&rsquo;t Otherwise Have Access To</h4> <p>Are your interests obscure, or would you like to get a degree in something that&rsquo;s only offered in a few places around the world? If you choose an online study option, you won&rsquo;t have to relocate to get the knowledge and certifications that you want. Since moving around isn&rsquo;t an option for some people and isn&rsquo;t desirable for others, online classes can mean the difference between getting a university education and not having that opportunity.</p> <h4>Get the Education You&rsquo;ve Always Wanted</h4> <p>Whether you started a degree but couldn&rsquo;t finish it or you never got going, online classes offer you the chance to get your degree right where you are. Since all you&rsquo;ll need is a reliable computer and an Internet connection, you won&rsquo;t have to move around or spend too much money to get up and running. In addition, there are all sorts of online study options out there. Some programs, for instance, specialize in helping people finish degrees already started. Others work with those who have not started and try to get them through as quickly as possible.</p> <h4>Work on Your Schedule</h4> <p>One of the best things about studying online is that you don&rsquo;t have to change your schedule to accommodate a class schedule. Instead, you can work whenever it&rsquo;s convenient for you. This makes online classes a great option for people with inflexible work schedules, or for those who care for small children and don&rsquo;t have a good childcare option. In addition, if you know <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-your-best-work-hours">your best thinking hours</a> are at night, you can make sure those are the hours when you do your classwork.</p> <h4>Work at Your Own Pace</h4> <p>Similarly, most online classes allow you to work at your own pace, at least within some broad parameters. Usually, you&rsquo;ll have to complete your classwork within a semester or a year, but when you turn assignments in and take your tests and quizzes is entirely up to you. Sometimes you&rsquo;ll have more of a schedule than that, but for the most part you&rsquo;ll get to choose your own deadlines and due dates. This means you don&rsquo;t have to worry if something comes up and you can&rsquo;t get that paper written. It also means you can complete a whole course in a couple of weeks if you&rsquo;re especially focused.</p> <h2>The Drawbacks of Online Classes</h2> <p>Most people, especially when excited about a new online course of study, don't realize some of the drawbacks until they're signed up and in the middle of a course. While these shouldn't deter everyone from taking online classes, thinking them through should help you decide if this method of study is right for you and your situation.</p> <h4>Course Quality Varies Drastically</h4> <p>While most online courses hit at least a minimum standard (because they&rsquo;re offered by accredited institutions), the quality of an individual course often depends largely on the professor. If you have a prof who enjoys teaching the subject matter and who is comfortable and experienced working online, you can have a great experience. If, on the other hand, you get someone who is just doing it for the money or because teaching online is supposed to be easier than teaching in the classroom, you could be in for a struggle.</p> <h4>Getting Feedback Can Be Difficult</h4> <p>Though most online professors are supposed to be accessible by email or through the course delivery system, actually getting someone to answer your questions can be difficult and take longer than it might for a class in the traditional format. If you save an assignment until the very end and then don&rsquo;t understand how to complete it, you might not be able to finish on time. And if you end up with a big question or very confused about an important concept, explaining it online may be nearly impossible.</p> <h4>A Lot Depends on You</h4> <p>Are you a self-motivated person who gets things done without being nagged, or do you tend to forget deadlines on things like bills and other paperwork? If you struggle to complete what you start or to finish things on time, think twice about taking an online course. These are real classes, after all, and your grades will show up on your transcript. Since you may need to submit this for further educational opportunities or to qualify for certain jobs, you&rsquo;ll want to be sure it shows you at your best.</p> <h4>It Can Get Expensive</h4> <p>For some reason, most people think that online classes are going to cost less than traditional studies. While some schools will offer a small discount for these courses, others actually charge more. After all, someone has to reimburse the professor for rewriting the course for an online format. Besides, schools need all the money they can get these days, and they know that many of the people taking courses online are doing so simply because they don&rsquo;t have other options. When you&rsquo;re backed into a corner, you&rsquo;ll pay more to get out of it.</p> <h2>Finding Online Programs</h2> <p>If you've sifted through the benefits and drawbacks and decided that studying online is right for you, the next thing you need to do is find a program to pursue. When you're looking for an online course of study, you first need to decide what type of course you want. Are you looking for an undergraduate or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-a-masters-degree-can-boost-your-career">graduate degree</a>, to finish an incomplete degree, or for a quick certification in something new? The following sites can help you find the programs you want and need.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2010/03/26/online-certificate-programs-offer-a-fast-track-to-a-new-career">U.S. News: Online Certificate (Non-Degree) Programs</a> &mdash; An overview of how an online certificate could help advance your career as well as links to schools that offer these programs.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.college-scholarships.com/ssac.htm">CollegeScholarships.com: List of Accredited Universities Offering Online Degrees</a> &mdash; This is a long list of colleges across the U.S. that offer both online degrees and degree-completion programs. If you're looking to complete a degree, run a &quot;Find&quot; search in your web browser for the words &quot;degree completion,&quot; so you don't have to read all the entries.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://onlinesapiens.com/">OnlineSapiens.com: List of Online Degree Programs by Major</a> &mdash; If you know what you want to study, this can be a great way to go straight to those programs without having to sift through everything else. Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive, but can be a great place to start.</li> </ul> <p>Once you've found some programs you're interested in, try to talk to representatives of the university, as well as to a current student or two. That way, you'll be able to get a better feel for the programs and what they're really like. Then, make your final choice based on all of the information before you.</p> <p>When you've done that, work hard and reap the benefits of a quality education.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-taking-classes-online-right-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-a-masters-degree-can-boost-your-career">3 Ways a Master&#039;s Degree Can Boost Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online">3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes">7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/download-a-yale-lecture-more-universities-offer-courses-to-the-public">Download A Yale Lecture: More Universities Offer Courses To The Public</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training graduate degree online classes studying online Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:48:16 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 765291 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Succeed as an Online Student http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-succeed-as-an-online-student <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-succeed-as-an-online-student" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3279012290_fd04548bb0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re considering online studies, don&rsquo;t underestimate the workload, discipline, and communication skills needed to succeed. Here are tips on excelling as an online student.</p> <h3>Choose courses carefully.</h3> <p>Make sure that you have the time to commit to classes, especially if you are pursuing a degree. Don&rsquo;t let the lure of flexibility fool you into thinking that you can easily fit studies into an already full schedule. Some classes may take a few hours each week; others may require several hours weekly plus extra time to complete projects. And, beware that new degree programs and courses may be particularly difficult as content and technologies are in the process of being perfected.</p> <p>If you are interested simply in learning a specific skill rather than earning a degree, consider online classes through the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-frugal-resource-the-community-college">community college</a> or <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/11-sources-of-free-or-low-cost-training-julie-rains">specialized training</a> offered by professional associations.</p> <h3>Become familiar with online learning technologies.</h3> <p>Try to do this before class starts or as quickly as possible after the session begins. Some tasks, such as uploading assignments to a designated location on <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">BlackBoard</a>, can be intimidating on a first try but simple after you've done them a couple of times. The less exertion expended in mastering online tools, the more effort you can place on learning course content.</p> <h3>Read recommended materials.</h3> <p>I know this advice may seem incredibly obvious. But many lecture-format classes require students simply to show up and listen; even if you complete the reading according to the syllabus, having an instructor provide you with context and give explanations makes it easier to glean pertinent information from written materials. Many online classes require students to react to materials in forum discussions, which is difficult if you haven't done the reading.</p> <h3>Participate in discussion forums.</h3> <p>If you are the first to post in the forum, you can share basic observations to start the conversation; but if you arrive later in the discussion thread, then you&rsquo;ll need to offer deeper, unique insights.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t presume that classmates share what you might perceive as cultural norms. Framing comments with mentions of professional and personal life experiences, or sharing these experiences when introducing yourself at the start of each course, can help classmates to understand your perspective and avoid antagonizing them.</p> <p>Finally, don&rsquo;t be a hit-and-run poster who visits the forums just once a week, makes comments, interacts with no one, and then exits. This approach may mean that you comply with course requirements but doesn&rsquo;t really advance your knowledge. Even if you are an expert in a topic, you can learn from the uninformed perspectives of newbies. Just getting insight into what other people understand about a topic is useful &mdash; you can then tailor your communications in class forums and outside of these forums more effectively.</p> <h3>Turn in assignments on time.</h3> <p>Online classes may place more emphasis on projects rather than tests so you&rsquo;ll need to plan your workload carefully. While you might be able to cram for a final exam, most people can&rsquo;t wait until the last minute to get topics approved, find credible sources, compile research, and collaborate with project partners.</p> <p>Try to turn in projects ahead of time so that if something unusual happens &mdash; a snowstorm-induced power outage or even a brief loss of broadband &mdash; you&rsquo;ll still meet deadlines. You might be able to fudge a turn-in time in the offline environment but, online, time-stamped submissions of uploaded research papers and PowerPoint projects make it difficult to hedge on when you actually turned in an assignment.</p> <h3>Serve as project manager.</h3> <p>You can influence the direction of projects and add to your leadership skills. If you don't think you can handle planning and leading projects, be an active participant by contributing your talents, completing project tasks on time, and helping the project manager with compiling components into a finished report.</p> <h3>Create a portfolio of your projects.</h3> <p>Showcase your knowledge and skills. Some potential employers and clients may not fully grasp that an online degree is just as valuable as one earned in a traditional setting. The portfolio is evidence of your work, and can help you land deals for similar projects and serve as a point of conversation in interviews.</p> <p>I experienced the demands of online learning when I earned a graduate-level Certificate in Technology and Communication at <a href="http://online.northcarolina.edu/">The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill</a>, a longstanding brick-and-mortar institution of higher learning. And, recently, I spoke with a 20-something female about her degree studies at the <a href="http://www.phoenix.edu/ ">University of Phoenix</a>, well-known for its online programs. Despite the differences in our backgrounds and universities, we had similar encounters as online students.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-succeed-as-an-online-student">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/coverdell-education-savings-account">Coverdell Education Savings Accounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-online-teaching-be-for-you">Could Online Teaching Be For You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/college-savings-bonds">Series I and Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online">3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/cost-of-college">Calculating the Cost of College</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income education online classes training Tue, 09 Mar 2010 14:00:02 +0000 Julie Rains 5666 at http://www.wisebread.com Download A Yale Lecture: More Universities Offer Courses To The Public http://www.wisebread.com/download-a-yale-lecture-more-universities-offer-courses-to-the-public <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/download-a-yale-lecture-more-universities-offer-courses-to-the-public" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/yale.jpg" alt="yale lecture" title="yale lecture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="177" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Linsey told us about the <a href="/sit-in-on-a-class-at-mit-for-free">Open Courseware Consortium project</a> where schools like <a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/courses/courses/index.htm">MIT</a>, <a href="http://ocw.nd.edu/">University of Notre Dame</a>, <a href="http://ocw.tufts.edu/CourseList">Tufts</a>, and <a href="http://ocw.jhsph.edu/">Johns Hopkins</a> were offering course outlines, notes, audio and video recordings of their classes.</p> <p>Personally, I've been following Professor Lewin's <a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Physics/8-01Physics-IFall1999/CourseHome/index.htm">Physics I course</a> at MIT. He's a bit of an internet celebrity professor, as this is MIT's most popular OpenCourseWare course. I think it's because he does a lot of demonstrations, with him as the guinea pig:</p> <p><a href="http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Physics/8-01Physics-IFall1999/VideoLectures/index.htm"><img width="420" height="350" src="/files/fruganomics/u11/801SwingA.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>More and more universities are offering recordings of their classes free to the general public. MIT paved the way and now others are following suit. Here are a list of prestigious universities giving public access to their lectures.</p> <h2><a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/courses.html">Open Yale Courses</a></h2> <p>Yale offers seven introductory courses in <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/astronomy/frontiers-and-controversies-in-astrophysics/home.html">Astronomy</a>, <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/english/modern_poetry/home.html">English</a>, <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/philosophy/death/home.html">Philosophy</a>, <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/physics/fundamentals-of-physics/home.html">Physics</a>, <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/political_science/introduction-to-political-philosophy/home.html">Political Science</a>, <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/psychology/introduction-to-psychology/home.html">Psychology</a>, and <a href="http://open.yale.edu/courses/religious_studies/introduction-to-the-old-testament-hebrew-bible/home.html">Religious Studies</a>.</p> <h2><a href="http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php">UC Berkeley Webcasts</a></h2> <p>They've got a healthy number of courses, all with video and/or audio. You can download the mp3 to play on your ipod, but the videos are Real Player files.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.apple.com/education/itunesu/">iTunes U</a></h2> <p>Browse the iTunes U section of iTunes Store and you'll find a list of other universities offering free podcasts of their lectures and talks. Participating schools include Stanford, New York Law School, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Northeastern.</p> <h2><a href="http://lecturefox.com/">Lecturefox</a></h2> <p>This is a really nifty site that lists the most recent free course offerings from even more universities like UC San Diego, Caltech, UCLA, Oxford, Harvard, Rice, Princeton and more! The best part about it is that it shows right away whether there is video, audio, or just lecture notes.</p> <p>Additionally, I came across some great resources for free lanuage courses, too!</p> <h2><a href="http://fsi-language-courses.com/default.aspx">FSI Language Courses</a></h2> <p>These courses were developed by the United States government to give public access to language programs. Pretty exciting for me since they have a <a href="http://fsi-language-courses.com/Cantonese.aspx">Cantonese</a> course, a very rare find.</p> <h2><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/">BBC Languages</a></h2> <p>They have interactive, online, multimedia classes for many popular languages.</p> <p><a href="http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewGenre?id=1469"><strong>iTunes</strong> </a> <br /> Do a search for Language Courses (or go to podcasts--&gt;Education--&gt;Language Courses) and you'll find a selection of free podcasts teaching language.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/download-a-yale-lecture-more-universities-offer-courses-to-the-public">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online">3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-need-to-know-before-taking-online-classes">7 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-taking-classes-online-right-for-you">Is Taking Classes Online Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-more-places-to-buy-sell-and-trade-books">17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training free classes online classes Mon, 04 Feb 2008 14:32:13 +0000 Lynn Truong 1707 at http://www.wisebread.com Pursuing Interests: Free to $1K+ http://www.wisebread.com/pursuing-interests-free-to-1k <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pursuing-interests-free-to-1k" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/environmental_science_books.jpg" alt="environmental science books" title="environmental science books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pursuing interests and learning new things, such as taking a class in environmental science, can be costly or not, depending on what your interest is, what happens to be available in your community or online, and how flexible your schedule is. If you or your family members happen to choose pricier interests, you can try to mix it up with some freebies of your choice. </p> <p>Ideally, I&#39;d like everyone in my family to have the same interests so that we can spend more time together and focus time and money on a few things (my choices would be swimming, hiking, canoeing, and cycling). My kids haven&#39;t conformed to my image and have pursued activities that I would never consider (community theater comes to mind). </p> <p>So, I’ve been torn between spending Saturday mornings on my road bike and some other free time I might have in the gym. I don’t want to mislead anyone who might think I’m a fitness freak (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but carving out workout moments in addition to taking care of children, working, cooking meals, washing clothes, keeping up a social life of sorts, and more is daunting. </p> <p>When <em>Wall Street Journal’s Love &amp; Money</em> columnist Jeff Opdyke wrote about trying to find time (and money) to pursue new interests last Sunday, July 15, 2007, his article “So Many Interests, So Little Time” resonated with me. </p> <p>Mr. Opdyke tells of the time and money his family spends on fun and enriching activities for the kids: soccer, baseball, dance, gymnastics, and piano are mentioned. His concern, like mine, is that the adults in the household may not pursue interests for themselves, such as language, art, or golf lessons. Some of you may consider this selfish; others, foolish. Whether you think that parents’ wants should be set aside or adults’ wishes honored, the dilemma of spending (how much?) and allocation (on whom?) exists. </p> <p>What surprised me about this discussion the most, though, was that Mr. Opdyke budgets close to $300 per month for his kids’ activities (none for the parents, by the way). It made me consider how much I spend to let my kids pursue their interests.</p> <p>My youngest has asked, on more than one occasion, if he could take Tae Kwon Do lessons. A school near us promotes itself heavily including offering special sessions at his public school and hosting kids’ birthday parties, one of which my son attended. I’ve resisted his pleas, and while I wouldn’t mind him benefiting from the exercise and discipline, I just can’t justify $50 per month for, well, indefinitely. Kids take lessons 3-4 times per week for a few to several years. </p> <p>This summer, however, has been the most expensive ever (just under $1,500), mainly because my oldest child (a middle school student) is taking an online class in environmental science offered by a private university. The class and the cost was one that I considered very carefully but I decided that it was worthwhile for him to participate (it was really my idea and I had to convince him to sign up) because I wanted him 1) to get used to online class format with its discussion board and electronically submitted assignments, 2) to learn something about environmental science, and 3) to realize that there are some super-bright kids out there, who may one day (hopefully) be his university classmates or workplace colleagues. </p> <p>The oldest also spent a week at a church camp/youth retreat in the mountains. My youngest child is participating in a public school-sponsored enrichment program and taking classes in science, scenery design, and sports. </p> <p>Our spending during the school year looks quite different. Activities in the past year or so are listed here and free unless listed otherwise: </p> <ul> <li>Community Theater</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Cotillions (etiquette and dance, $75)</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.odysseyofthemind.com" target="_blank" title="http://www.odysseyofthemind.com">Odyssey of the Mind</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Open Arms Community (outreach to children from troubled families) </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Vacation Bible School (one son was a participant; the other, a youth worker)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Y League Basketball ($45)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Art Lessons ($90)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Swim Lessons ($45)</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Church Youth Group (talk sessions, games, suppers) </li> </ul> <p>At least one child has learned how to:</p> <ul> <li>sing and dance in a group;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>endure long theater practices;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>interpret instructions as a guideline not a limiting force; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>ask a girl for a dance; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>be yourself and enjoy people actually liking you just for that;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>give money to a <a href="http://www.heifer.org/" target="_blank" title="http://www.heifer.org/">cause</a> that helps to alleviate hunger through sustaining agriculture;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>swim backstroke;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>relate to other people even when they&#39;re being annoying.</li> </ul> <p>So, there’s our list of activities, not totally frugal but under $3,600 per year. As for me, I pursuing my interests, hoping to learn and grow by being involved in a book club, helping kids to lead brainstorming sessions as an Odyssey of the Mind coach, figuring out cycling and endurance fitness, and maybe picking up a new language soon (Spanish, sign language?), with costs ranging from free to much more for equipment and training facilities. If you (as an adult or a child) have participated in a particularly life-enriching activity, especially one that costs little, please share your experience. </p> <p>Photo of Environmental Science textbooks by me</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pursuing-interests-free-to-1k">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-reading-made-easy">Summer Reading Made Easy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/looking-for-answers-in-life-heres-your-key">Looking for Answers in Life? Here&#039;s your Key...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Become a Frequent Flyer Master and Earn a Free Flight Every Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cost-of-full-time-travel">The Cost of Full-Time Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-a-crafty-airbrush-out-of-old-junk">Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks activities Art and Leisure enrichment kids online classes summer activities summer camp Sun, 22 Jul 2007 16:00:00 +0000 Julie Rains 878 at http://www.wisebread.com