Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

Why are Online Degrees Not As Popular As Classroom-based Learning?

By B_Taylor Subscribe to RSS | March 9th 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



Imagine you are sixteen again. Imagine you’ve just left school. Imagine you are thinking about whether you should go to university or start a career. Then imagine that you are living in the current economic environment.

At a time when fees for attending university are rising and accommodation costs are already the highest they’ve ever been, it comes as a surprise to find that university applications are only 8.7% down on last year. Consider this, along with the fact that there is $13b in outstanding federal student loans and a further $5b in outstanding provincial student loans and you start to understand that completing a degree is no longer a guarantee for future success. Indeed, in many ways, it could be the start of a downward spiral where debt obligations become overwhelming and, due to a miserable labor market, there is no guarantee that you will get a job after completing your degree.

Despite this, online courses still refuse to appeal to prospective students when they start contemplating whether to go to university. It seems that the options are either go to a campus-based university or get a job. Perhaps this is due to the fact that a recent survey carried out by the Society for Human Resource Management indicated that only 49% of HR staff felt that online courses were equally credible to degrees from traditional schools.

Could It Be Changing?

It should be noted that in the same survey HR staff indicated that online degrees were now viewed in a more favorable light than they were five years ago. This therefore suggests that there is a change underway, albeit, a very slow one. The main issue seems to be accreditation. If an online degree is accredited then it should be considered in the same light as a traditional degree, however, 45% of HR managers said that graduates with a traditional degree still have a better chance of being employed over someone possessing an online degree.

Choose Your Course Wisely

It has been argued that the course subject is central to gaining an online degree that has significant weight with employers. If a prospective student is considering a Bachelor of Psychology or a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree, they may have more success than if they had completed a degree that would normally have a large practical element such as engineering or construction. Although it may be possible to study such degrees online many employers would still consider the graduate to be short of actual experience and would need time to get used to the working environment.

Demand From Employers

It would appear that the reason why online courses are still not being accepted as real degrees resides not so much in a lack of demand for them among those looking for a degree but among those who are forced to value potential job candidates. If there is no demand among the employers, then this filters through to individuals looking for the qualifications that will enable them to succeed in getting a job. This obviously includes the institution that the prospective job candidate attended.

It seems that until employers remove their focus on traditional degrees and embrace the new virtual educational environment, demand for online degrees is not going to outstrip traditional courses. This is despite online degrees being the preferred choice among prospective students and, in most cases, the best alternative for companies. Indeed, companies would be able to employ someone who is carrying out their studying part-time and would be willing to work for less until they are qualified. Someone would say that is for the benefit of all parties involved.

B_Taylor - About Author:
Brenda Taylor has worked for a number of universities and educational companies on a consultancy basis, providing advice and assistance on a number of projects across a wide variety of subjects. Find out more about studying an online degrees.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/education-articles/why-are-online-degrees-not-as-popular-as-classroom-based-learning.htm

Related Education Articles Subscribe to RSS

SAP FICO online training
Published by David Raju on May 16th 2012 | Education
The original name for SAP was German: Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte, and German for "Systems Applic...
 
A comparative study of online and regular degrees
Published by Steve on February 7th 2012 | Education
Education is mandatory to lead a well established life. And for that these days, there are lots of c...
 
Select the right online university for distance learning courses
Published by Steve on January 11th 2012 | Education
If you are planning to go for distance learning education programs, you must make sure that you are ...
 
Select proper universities for doing online MBA in Barbados
Published by Steve on November 28th 2011 | Education
Distance learning and online courses are becoming popular day by day for their flexibility and conve...
 
Does the degrees online really help?
Published by Roger Pointing on December 15th 2011 | Education
It is a matter of conflict between the educationists whether the degrees online really help. But the...
 
Eminence of enrolling for business administration courses via online
Published by Aarti Vime on June 7th 2012 | Education
In order to flourish in this hyper competitive world, one needs to be completely updated with busine...
 
The major concerns of an online CPR certification course
Published by AngeloEverton on January 25th 2012 | Education
As a significant portion of professionals are seeking a shift from their stereotypical avenue of edu...
 
Gretest-online.com -Making GRE Journey Easy
Published by Akhilesh Kumar Kaushik on March 19th 2012 | Education
GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is conducted by ETS (Educational Testing Service). GRE Test Score ...
 
A quick guide on online MBA via the distance learning courses
Published by Roger Pointing on December 15th 2011 | Education
The online MBA is a coveted degree and is admired by most students all over the world....
 
How to select your online university
Published by Roger Pointing on March 29th 2012 | Education
The online university is the place to enrol if you wish to pursue higher studies but is also busy wi...
 
Study Chinese online
Published by Alberta Reid on December 28th 2011 | Education
Would you like to learn Vietnamese in the most convenient way possible? Do you think you have what i...
 
The online tuition is available at all hours every day: Statistics Homework Help
Published by NeelAlbert on December 31st 2011 | Education
Throughout the formal years of education, homework has been a part of a student’s life. By complet...
 
Distance learning through online MBA UK
Published by Varina Johnson on January 19th 2012 | Education
Online MBA UK has its advantages as well as disadvantages. If you are clever enough you should alway...
 
Buy essay online is not a new trend among students.
Published by Custom Written Papers on December 12th 2011 | Education
Essay writing is not that difficult but when it comes to write on a specific topic it gets difficult...
 
Importance of online MBA programs for working professionals
Published by Rogar Mur on December 5th 2011 | Education
If you want to pursue higher studies with ease and convenience, distance learning can be the best op...
 
How to buy dissertation online
Published by Roger on January 24th 2012 | Education
Life is difficult but not all the times, it does offer you a bed of roses at times and in just a mat...
 
University MBA courses online are first choice of professionals
Published by Roger Pointing on December 7th 2011 | Education
Online MBA courses from some reputed university have become very popular with students particularly ...
 
Accomplish your dreams with an online degree
Published by Steve on March 30th 2012 | Education
Flexible schedule, great courses and reasonable fees are the deciding factors to get an online degre...
 
Pros and cons of online QA training programs
Published by RAMKY on August 21st 2012 | Education
With rise in demand for different types of quality assurance skills, online QA training programs are...
 
Some information about the universities offering online MBA in USA
Published by Steve on November 28th 2011 | Education
If you are interested in higher education, you can always opt for the online MBA in USA....