This course schedule and information will supply you with answers to many of your questions.

A: The majority of online diplomas do not specifically say “online.”

A: In order to transfer prior credits, you may request that official transcripts be sent from your previous schools to your online school of choice. There is no guarantee that credits will transfer. You may also speak with an advisor to find out which credits are transferable.

A: Many schools offer the option of writing something entitled an experiential learning portfolio. Someschools allow you to transfer a certain percentage of credits using your prior life/work experience provided that you show that you have met the course objectives of each specified course. You should discuss this possibility with the school’s advisor, who will be able to provide more information on availability and eligibility.

A: While each school has its own specified criteria for transferring credits, some schools may accept credits from institutions that have a regional accreditation, provided that you have a grade of “C” or higher and the school has an appropriate class for which you are seeking credit. There is no guarantee that credits will transfer, and you should speak to an advisor from each school you are interested in to obtain more information on the school’s policies.

Online Education

A: When attending an educational institution, the first thing you as the student should take notice of is the accreditation. One form of accreditation is called a “regional accreditation.” If a university has obtained this level of accreditation, their programs have met the exact same standards as that of any other major residential university.

A: Consider a survey by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) that found that 79% of organizations indicated they had hired a job applicant with an online degree in the past 12 months. More than one-third of the organizations reported that job candidates who obtained their degrees online were viewed as favorably as those who had earned traditional degrees. **

A: According to Sloan Consortium (2011), the number of students who were enrolled in at least one online class during the fall of 2010 was over 6 million. ***

Online Learning Experience

A: Asynchronous learning allows you to participate on your own time. Correspondence may take the form of a video conference, message board, discussion forum, mail, or e-mail.

A: Synchronous learning is when interaction with your instructors takes place in real time. In a campus-based school, this means attending a physical classroom. In an online environment, it requires that you log in to their classes at a specified time. In its most typical form, it is similar to a live discussion.

A: Due to the fact that programs hold the same accreditation as residential classroom programs, the classes are likely to hold the same level of difficulty. You may want to consult an advisor at the school of your choice for more information on courses and programs.

A: This may depend on how many classes you take as well as the courses themselves. Typically, a student may study 6–9 hours per week, per course. This time is likely to vary depending on course and program requirements.

A: The credentials required for online instructors are the same as those required of professors at residential universities. In order to teach online, in most cases, instructors need to possess a graduate degree as well as have real-life experience in the area they are teaching.

A: Yes. Online schools typically have career services, academic advisors, financial aid departments, technology help desks, and a myriad of other support services.

A: The books are provided in the form of e-books.

A: It is typically up to you, the individual student, how many courses you choose to take each quarter or semester and the degree level you decide to pursue. Due to the convenience, some online programs may be finished at a quicker pace, but this will also depend on program requirements.