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All about Distance Learning and Online Degree Courses
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1st Apr, 2009 | Source : Newsweek Showcase Archives

The sheer number of distance learning and online degrees available is enormous and is growing daily. Similarly the number of schools and institutions that offer learning online is also expanding rapidly. It's important to be able to pursue your academic aims with a school whose quality you can be assured of and whose academic credentials are impeccable. This is the place to find universities you have always aspired to!

Below is an online learning and on campus program search box that lets you search for programs in your region or in your area of interest. You can see what programs are available and can request information from the schools to help you make your decision on which to go with. Good luck!

What is Distance Learning?

The term 'Distance Learning' describes the process of undertaking educational classes or programs remotely from the schools, campuses or physical institutions that provide them.

Understanding Distance Learning
Distance learning has a terminology all of its own. Terms such as 'twinning' and 'mechatronic' will be found throughout this site to help describe the online programs available. To gain a full understanding of such terms, we have created a glossary. Go to our Glossary section.

Interdisciplinary (Curriculum): Study of all aspects of a particular field (e.g., business, engineering) rather than complete specialization in a single area (e.g., marketing, electrical engineering); gives students a broad, well-rounded education.
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Why Study
Thinking of changing careers? Want to know if you can study history and still land a job at an investment bank? Not sure what kind of engineer you want to be? Check out the Spotlight sections to see what kind of careers are available to graduates with certain majors.

Scholarships, Grants, Loans
Financial Aid is not just for teenagers going off to college for the first time! Financial aid is always available from the government and many private sources to the student who is wiling to do their research. Click here to learn more about financial aid resources.

Accreditation is an important consideration for distance learners. There are a lot of businesses out there who will offer degrees that have no academic weight behind them. For more information read this article on identifying accredited schools

Ask the experts
Q How do I know that these are genuine learning opportunities and that my money will not vanish somewhere without any response or any learning material coming forward? I Brown
A If you are not familiar with the institution that is offering a program of interest to you, I would encourage you to do some extra research. Of course you should look at the entrance requirements and the required number of hours you must take. If you....... Jeff Harmon

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