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What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Ellen [email protected]OwnerEllen Richards Admissions Consulting

Computers: do they create less hassle in everyday life or foster bad habits?

Think of someone you know who doesn’t have a computer. In fact, try to think of someone you know who has never used a computer. Pretty difficult, right? While the older generations among us learned to adapt to the computer age, the younger generation have learned from computers; many people under age 25 have never known a world without computers. Computers and other forms of technology make certain tasks that were once tedious or difficult much easier (consider the capability to instantaneously send photos to a friend in another state versus what some of us at the time believed to be state of the art Polaroid cameras). Nevertheless, some people argue that computers have done more harm than good. In his book titled The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes our Future (or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30), Mark Bauerein argues that Generation Y, people ages 16- 29, has been negatively affected by growing up in a world rife with BBMs, chatting and email. He argues that the habits we form when communicating through these mediums are hard to break when transitioning to writing a paper for school or the workplace. He also states that social networking sites provide a distorted perception of reality that makes the users believe they are the center of the universe. Outside of social networking sites, some people are unable to interact with peers; the computer robs them of healthy, in person social skills. Others disagree with Mr. Bauerein and maintain that people are just as smart as ever. They assert that even though computers may affect the ways in which we process information, it has not changed innate human ability to do so. In response to this idea, many teachers embrace technology and use it in the classroom to help their students learn in new and exciting ways. Some teachers have classroom online blogs while others use Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog character to study Homer’s The Odyssey. They recognize that students respond more positively to what they may deem as “boring” topics when the concepts are supplemented by the use of computers. It seems that Mark Bauerein’s argument may be proven wrong as many American schools push for abandoning 10-pound textbooks with computer based books and learning materials. Of course, the transition will take time: schools must ensure student access to computers and proper teacher training. However, the effort expended on the transition may save some schools as much as $419 million dollars per year, allowing them to hire more teachers and reduce classroom sizes.

Scott WhiteDirector of GuidanceMontclair High School

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Most importantly, will the courses, credits and degrees be recognized and how will missing the social aspect of college affect you.

王文君 June ScortinoPresidentIVY Counselors Network

time comittment and study skills

students shall consider their study skills carefully before signing up for online school. we all learn subjects differently. however, technology may not replace human interactions and two way of communicating between the student and the teacher is always the key to learn more than just text book concetps.

Donovan BlakeLead ConsultantGriffin Blake Educational Consulting

Should I bring my own bra?

There are two major concerns when taking online courses: 1) Support Services (the bra)- It is key to find out what types of support services are offered to you. Without supporting services, many student are unsuccessful in online classes. 2) Re-enrolling in a Course- If you are not successful in a class, you need to find out the policy for retaking a class. These two issues should be your key questions when considering an online school!

Erin AveryCertified Educational PlannerAvery Educational Resources, LLC

Pertinent Questions

Credentialing. Who has accreditted the institution? Will my credits transfer? 

Nancy MilneOwnerMilne Collegiate Consulting

Online School Applications

Make sure you do your homework on the program before signing up. Talk to a program director, not a salesperson. Investigate the course quality. What are the professor’s credentials, what is the class size, are there teaching assistants? Is tech support available, will your credits transfer, is the school accredited? Ultimately make sure you have an advisor, who can help you plan your coursework and who will help when problems arise.

Geoff BroomeAssistant Director of AdmissionsWidener University

Accredited?

Is the school Accredited? Is is a proprietary institution and who owns it? What is the reputation? The other piece..Is this what you want your college experience to be? Some view higher education is not only academic, but social. My mentor and Dean of Students told me, “Geoff, you are in class only 15 hours per week. I have to fill the other 153 with a social education.”

Felice KobrickOwner, College Consultant,Kobrick College Consulting, LLC

Check the Accreditation List….

Do your research! The online learning community is plagued by disreputable organizations. I just learned about a website that lists schools that are accredited to provide online learning. Take a look: http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.net/ . The site also provides information about the 6 legitimate agencies that provide accreditation and why accreditation is important.

Corey FischerPresidentCollegeClarity

Are you self-motivated?

You must be independent and a self-starter in order to be successful in online classes. Often students think these courses will be easy, but they aren’t. They require a lot of self-teaching and strong oganizational skills. Do you prefer class discussion? That is not very easy with online classes. Do you like to meet your professor and classmates? You will miss that personal interaction and connectedness that comes from sitting in a classroom. Look into how the courses are set up to make sure they sound manageable for you.

Inna BeilinaStudent

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

The most important questions you should ask yourself are: – Is it really what I’ve been looking for? – Don’t I have an opportunity to study in the real classroom? Really? – Does it feel right to apply to this school? Stay honest with yourself here. and everywhere, by the way:)

Cara RaySenior AssociateMontgomery Educational Consulting

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Before applying to an online school you may want to consider a few things. First, consider the accreditation of the school. You want to make sure that your courses and degree will hold value upon graduation. Make sure that the program you have selected has the right types of accreditation (usually you want to look for it to be regional). Also, you will want to consider what type of learner you are. Online classes require you to be incredibly self-motivated and self-disciplined. While it may sound tempting to go to class in your sweatpants think about what type of environment you learn best in. Are you a hands on learner? Do you like to ask a lot of questions and get to know your professor? These types of things may prove difficult with online classes. In addition, you may want to compare costs of programs between the online school and a university or college closer to your community. Many online programs are quite expensive.

Cara RaySenior AssociateMontgomery Educational Consulting

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Before applying to an online school you may want to consider a few things. First, consider the accreditation of the school. You want to make sure that your courses and degree will hold value upon graduation. Make sure that the program you have selected has the right types of accreditation (usually you want to look for it to be regional). Also, you will want to consider what type of learner you are. Online classes require you to be incredibly self-motivated and self-disciplined. While it may sound tempting to go to class in your sweatpants think about what type of environment you learn best in. Are you a hands on learner? Do you like to ask a lot of questions and get to know your professor? These types of things may prove difficult with online classes. In addition, you may want to compare costs of programs between the online school and a university or college closer to your community. Many online programs are quite expensive.

Cara RaySenior AssociateMontgomery Educational Consulting

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Before applying to an online school you may want to consider a few things. First, consider the accreditation of the school. You want to make sure that your courses and degree will hold value upon graduation. Make sure that the program you have selected has the right types of accreditation (usually you want to look for it to be regional). Also, you will want to consider what type of learner you are. Online classes require you to be incredibly self-motivated and self-disciplined. While it may sound tempting to go to class in your sweatpants think about what type of environment you learn best in. Are you a hands on learner? Do you like to ask a lot of questions and get to know your professor? These types of things may prove difficult with online classes. In addition, you may want to compare costs of programs between the online school and a university or college closer to your community. Many online programs are quite expensive.

Bill PrudenHead of Upper School, College CounselorRavenscroft School

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Online education is an increasingly valuable option but there are a number of things that anyone considering that route should consider. First, you should be aware of the accreditation status of the program, for proper accreditation can be a big factor in how the degree will be treated in both the job market and in any future educational endeavors. Related to this is the potential for transferring or applying the credit you earn on-line credits to another school whether an on-line program or a standard one. If you are planning to pursue a full degree or program at the on-line institution then it may not matter, but if you are simply seeking to get a couple courses under your belt as part of another larger program than it can. Too, cost is always a factor. One of advantages of the on-line offerings has been their relatively lower costs, but in some areas that is changing. Overall, on-line programs can be very valuable but make sure you know what you are getting.

Cheryl Millington

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

There is obviously a huge difference between attending a regular, campus and an online school. If you’re very disciplined and feel confident that you can study independently, an online degree or courses may be a viable option for you. But note, there may be some reputational issues with doing some courses or a full degree online so research the school very carefully. You can also use online courses as a stepping stone to a more traditional degree.

Lora LewisEducational ConsultantLora Lewis Consulting

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

First, be sure to do your research. It’s essential that the school you’re considering be reputable and accredited. Don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about the school’s history and track record. Second, do an honest self-assessment to figure out how successful you can be in an online learning environment. Many people find it challenging to stay on track and complete assignments when they don’t have the incentive and inspiration of classroom-based meetings. If having person-to-person contact is necessary for your learning, it could be tough to get the interaction you need in virtual classrooms. Look at your personality and learning style and your track record of motivating yourself to work hard. Online education is a new and very different experience for most of us, and it pays to be sure it’s a good fit for you before you log in.

Angela HebertDirector of AdmissionsFletcher Technical Community College

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

There are several things to consider when applying to an online school. First and foremost, it is important to research the accreditation of the institution. With so many degree and diploma mills, you should always make sure that the institution you are applying to is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies. If the institution is accredited by one of the six agencies, this will allow you to transfer credits you earn at this online institution to other accredited universities. Another important factor to consider is cost. Many online programs are offered through private institutions and can cost between $20 and $40,000 per academic year. Shop around before committing to an institution. Most importantly though, you need to determine whether or not you will be successful in an online learning environment. Online classes require you to be a self-motivated learner and little instruction is provided. You must be able to comprehend what you read and be able to process that information in order to successful in your classes.

Inna BeilinaStudent

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

The most important questions you should ask yourself are: – Is it really what I’ve been looking looking for? – Don’t I have an opportunity to study in the real classroom? Really? – Does it feel right to apply to this school? Stay honest with yourself here. and everywhere, by the way:)

Reena Gold KaminsFounderCollege, Career & Life, LLC.

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Accreditation is the most important criteria when evaluating online school options. There are several accrediting bodies. For example, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits degree-granting institutions in states like Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The accreditation process is rigorous and evaluates things like a school’s mission, size, degree requirements, and resources. Accreditation guarantees that an institution is meeting certain standards. Without accrediation it is likely that other institutions and employers will not recognize the work you have completed or the degree you have earned. Similarly, even if a school is accredited, you want to make sure that other institutions will recognize transfer credits from it. If you spend a year taking courses but are unable to transfer those courses into another institution and earn credit for them, you will have wasted the year.

Carita Del ValleFounderAcademic Decisions

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

Primarily, students should be concerned about accreditation and potential employer opinions of these programs.

Karen Ekman-BaurDirector of College CounselingLeysin American School

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

While it is quite possible to have a worthwhile learning experience through a well-developed program of an online school, there are several aspects which should be carefully considered before deciding to go in that direction or WHERE to go in that direction. The first thing you should look into is the legitimacy of the online school. Is it accredited? Will the credits you gain be transferrable to other institutions? Will the degree or certification you earn be recognized? Is the online school/program associated with a recognized and accredited college or university? (Some online programs are outgrowths of college/university offerings; some are independent.) Do your research. Just because an online program calls itself a “school” is no indication of quality. Find out how the course will be delivered. How will class material be presented? In what ways will you be able to interact with instructors and classmates? What provisions are made for the exchange of ideas? How much individual attention will you receive? How will your progress/learning be evaluated? What will be expected of you in completing the course or degree? Will there occasionally be requirements to be physically present for a classroom, laboratory, or lecture hall experience? Don’t hesitate to ask these questions of the online school. Be sure you know what you could expect in working through a course of study with any given organization. Another thing to consider in making your decision is the extent to which you personally will be able to commit to an online course. This is an aspect of personality and learning style. Studies have shown that the drop-out rate is considerably greater for online courses than for courses for which students are required to be physically present. This phenomenon undoubtedly has much to do with the relationships which develop in face-to-face encounters. Ask yourself whether you will be able to fully commit to an online program or whether you would prefer the interactions which would be part of a campus-based college/university study experience. In making a decision as to whether to apply to an online school, you should consider your personal needs and financial resources, carefully weighing the advantages and disadvantages of online study against campus-based study. Consider whether you will learn more effectively through an online program or in a study environment which provides the opportunity for hands-on experiences and face-to-face exchanges with others. Would you make greater progress through the online contacts that you would have with your professors and classmates, or would you prefer the academic and social interactions which are part of an on-campus experience? Do a “cost vs. personal value” analysis of the two options. Studying through an online school will, in almost all cases, be less expensive than attendance at a residential campus-based school. This is primarily because there is not an extensive infrastructure which has to be supported – class buildings, laboratories, sports facililies, dormitories, dining halls, etc., etc. etc. Expense will also be less in that there will be no need for you to pay for room, board, and travel expenses in addition to tuition. It may be that, for financial reasons, an online course is the only option which is feasible for you at this time. In that case, choose an online school with great care considering the suggestions above.

Karen Ekman-BaurDirector of College CounselingLeysin American School

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

While it is quite possible to have a worthwhile learning experience through a well-developed program of an online school, there are several aspects which should be carefully considered before deciding to go in that direction. The first thing you should look into is the legitimacy of the online school. Is it accredited? Will the credits you gain be transferrable to other institutions? Will the degree or certification you earn be recognized? Is the online school/program associated with a recognized and accredited college or university? (Some online programs are outgrowths of college/university offerings; some are independent.) Do your research. Just because an online program calls itself a “school” is no indication of quality. Find out how the course will be delivered. How will class material be presented? In what ways will you be able to interact with instructors and classmates? What provisions are made for the exchange of ideas? How much individual attention will you receive? How will your progress/learning be evaluated? What will be expected of you in completing the course or degree? Will there occasionally be requirements to be physically present for a classroom, laboratory, or lecture hall experience? Ask these questions of the online school. Be sure you know what you could expect in working through a course of study with any given organization. Another thing to consider in making your decision is the extent to which you personally will be able to commit to an online course. This is an aspect of personality and learning style. Studies have shown that the drop-out rate is greater for online courses than for courses for which students are required to be physically present. This phenomenon undoubtedly has much to do with the relationships which develop in face-to-face encounters. Ask yourself whether you will be able to fully commit to an online program or whether you would prefer the interactions which would be part of a campus-based college/university study experience. In making a decision as to whether to apply to an online school, you should consider your personal needs and financial resources, carefully weighing the advantages and disadvantages of online study against campus-based study. Consider whether you will learn more effectively through an online program or in a study environment which provides the opportunity for hands-on experiences and face-to-face exchanges with others. Would you make progress through the online contacts that you would have with your professors and classmates, or would you prefer the academic and social interactions which are part of an on-campus experience? Do a “cost vs. personal value” analysis of the two options. Studying through an online school will, in almost all cases, be less expensive than attendance at a residential campus-based school. This is primarily because there is not an extensive infrastructure which has to be supported – class buildings, laboratories, sports facililies, dormitories, dining halls, etc., etc. etc. Expense will also be less in that there will be no need for you to pay for room, board, and travel expenses in addition to tuition. It may be that, for financial reasons, an online course is the only option which is feasible for you at this time. In that case, choose an online school with great care considering the suggestions above.

Reecy ArestyCollege Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & AuthorPayless For College, Inc.

What are some questions to consider before applying to an online school?

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