If you want a college degree to boost your credibility in the job market, but you cannot afford the time nor the money for a traditional on-campus education, how do you find an equally credible solution? You might think about an online degree, but you may wonder about that online education’s reliability and authenticity. Fortunately, over the past few years, online degrees have gained a foothold in the business world as a viable source for continuing education.
Other questions may concern you, such as distance learning technologies, the possibility of a higher degree online and even whether learning a course without credits is a viable option. The following list of twenty articles, search engines and rankings may provide answers for you, as these listings focus solely on online education from reliable sources.
- 6 Free Online Courses to Beef Up Your Resume: What about online uncredited classes? SmartMoney thinks that free courses offered by institutes such as MIT and Yale are great options and should be listed on your resume.
- Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning [PDF]: The U.S. Department of Education offers a meta-analysis and review of online learning studies. This study includes all age levels, from K-12 to online learning for adult students.
- Finding an accredited distance learning program: Scholarships.com not only offers a list of some of the more reputable accredted online learning institutions, they offer advice on how and why you might consider an online degree.
- Get a Grad Degree Without Going Broke: SmartMoney offers solutions to a less expensive college degree. It seems logical that they provide information about online degrees, as this option can prove to be a less expensive educational choice.
- Online Schools Find Ready Market in Military [PDF]: MSNBC provides examples of how military personnel are seeking online degrees, bu how critics state these degrees offer minimal education on U.S. tab. The positives outweigh the negative aspects in this article, however.
- The Benefits of an Online College: Top Colleges offers an article that points to benefits of online education at the end of this article, which addresses the benefits of returning to college after some time in the workforce.
- The Education Solution: Forbes states that “to teach, train and retrain millions of people, online education is the only scalable option.” Learn about this perspective to continuing education online.
- The Sound of One Hand Clicking: Newsweek provides solid proof that online schools are booming. Why? Because they are convenient, cost less and have improved dramatically. Learn more.
- U.S. Department of Education Study Finds That Good Teaching can be Enhanced With New Technology: U.S. News & World Report offers this perspective on online education and technology.
- What You Need to Know About E-Learning: Kiplinger provides an article that focuses on the online courses and degree programs that might prove to be a good fit for you.
Ratings, Rankings and Searches
- Best Online Colleges: Use this resource and its accompanying blog to learn more about online education. Use the “Quick Degree Finder” to locate schools by degree level, category or subject.
- Campus Grotto: Use this resource to find online colleges by major, including degrees in accounting and digital and media arts. This site also carries articles that address night classes, going back to school as a working adult, online MBA programs and more.
- College Navigator: This site does not rank colleges, but it does offer a ton of information on online schools. You must, however, know the college you want to investigate before you use this search engine.
- College Stats: This list of online colleges and universities offers a variety of searches for online degrees by largest, smallest and oldest colleges as well as listings for online educational institutions by cost and demographics. College Stats uses freely available data collected by the U.S. Department of Education and most data reflects collections by the National Center of Education Statistics.
- eLearners: This site is gaining wide recognition as the site to go to for online education. The tabs across the top of the page offer resources for online degrees, programs, courses, colleges, programs, articles and resources as well as blogs and forums.
- Get Educated: Use this site to rate, rank and compare online schools and degrees. This site also offers financial aid information, advice, a resource for careers and jobs and a special section called, “Diploma Mill Police.”
- Guide to Online Schools: The table included on this page shows overall rankings for online colleges and universities. You also can search for online educational possibilities by degree, by subject and by searching for a specific school.
- OEDb: Online Education Database is a top choice in learning about online degrees. The metrics are thorough, including acceptance rates, financial aid availability, graduation rates, peer Web citations, retention rates, scholarly citations, student-faculty ratios and years accredited for top online educational resources. Rankings go to 2008.
- SHG Resources: This site provides a search for online degrees by location, subject, program and degree sought. Once you obtain your online degree, you also can use this site to search for jobs by state.
- U.S. News & World Report: This report provides information you might need in your online degree search, including searches by degree, major and more.