If you have ever been on the fence about earning your degree, there is no better time than now to find your ideal online program. Earn a valuable online degree to enhance your knowledge and advance your career, or even change careers altogether! Despite the fact that online programs have been around for decades, have a proven track record of successful education, and are just as rigorous as campus-based learning there is still a lingering stereotype that most employers would prefer a degree from a brick-and-mortar university. COVID-19 is dramatically changing the way people think about distance learning and online degrees. Now is an ideal time to earn your online degree from a reputable school and buck conventions about traditional education expectations!
Why Choose an Online Degree?
The convenience of learning from home can be a deciding factor in going to school to earn your degree. Commuting time and availability of necessary classes can often impact the ability to earn a much desired degree and make or break one’s educational career. Distance learning helps students achieve their educational goals by mitigating factors that may otherwise hinder success.
Online classes are less expensive than a traditional brick-and-mortar. This should come as no surprise as universities will save money maintaining buildings, accommodating student parking, and other expenses that come with increased foot traffic on campus. A student will save a significant amount of money with an online degree yet still have access to most, if not all, on-campus student services. In addition, classes should still be taught by the same highly qualified professionals as the campus based classes. (Pro tip: An online class should be taught by the same or similarly qualified educator as the on campus class. If not, then it is time to find a new class and a new program!)
Distance education has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past decade and will continue to do so, especially in the wake of COVID-19. The abundance of online degrees is now comparative to what is found for traditional in-person learning at brick-and-mortars. There are a few exceptions for degree programs where students have to perform in-person tasks such as lab hours, clinical rotations, student teaching, etc. With these programs many will be offered as hybrid learning opportunities so students can still reap the benefits of distance learning with limited, required in-person hours. With distance learning a student can choose their ideal program of study at their favorite university, even if they are thousands of miles away! This is especially noteworthy for students that are part of an active-duty family including active duty service members, spouses, and other dependents that wish to pursue an education from afar.
Education in a Post-COVID 19 World
With the impacts of COVID-19 most schools had a transition to online learning to finish out the semester. The new school year has seen a huge migration to online only learning including an influx of new degree programs being offered online.
Many universities make zero distinctions on the diploma if it was earned via an on-line program or through conventional in-person learning. This information will only be discerned from reading a student’s transcripts. Perhaps the fact that the schools themselves make no distinction or intrinsic judgment between online or campus based programs will help evolve acceptance of online education as just as valuable as traditional enrollment.
Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.