Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Addison, Nov 27, 2008.
yes distance learning degree can be accepted by employers
Honestly, this question is no different than asking if an evening or weekend MBA is accepted by employers...of course they are! Its the mode of delivery that's different, same degree, same admissions requirements...same, same...
This is true generally, but not always. Take the University of Illinois System, for instance. University of Illinois at Springfield has invested many years and resources to create a top-notch (and nationally recognized) online program. Their online courses are tuaght by the same faculty who teach their face-to-face courses. There is enough demand that the entrance requirements for some of their fully online programs are more stringent than their face-to-face programs.
Constrast that with the new U. of I Global Campus, which has lower entrance requirements than those for entrance to traditional U.of I programs.
Comparing online instruction to "traditional" instruction is always a dodgy business, since the question assumes (incorrectly) that all face-to-face courses are the same level of quality and that all online courses are the same level of quality. Overall, research shows that the variation WITHIN F2F and online is greater than the variation BETWEEN F2F and online. This is one reason why the research has tended to show "no significant difference" between the two modes of instruction.
It is why I tend to argue the point, that "online degrees" are often times, and in my experience, associated with less recognized or less publicly accepted schools. This association brings about questions as posted by the OP..."will my online degree be accepted by an employer?" When in fact the question should be "will my online degree from Kaplan, Jones, NCU or any other online only college, be accepted by employers?" Simply because "online-only" colleges have not yet developed that long standing tradition or recognition as say Oklahoma State Univ, Univ of Nebraska, Cal State or Duke Univ who all offer the same "online degree."
I think the majority of employers will accept degrees earned online, particularly those earned from schools that have a known ground presence. However, as I stated in an earlier post, this is not a 100% certainty. For sure though, online-only schools will not be received as well as online programs from brick & mortar schools. Even still, I think the majority of employers that bother to check the legitimacy of an applicant's degree will check in CHEA guide. If the school appears in there, whether fully online or not, it will probably be ok.
I agree with Pugbelly and ChrisH: The school--rather than the delivery system--is often the real focus.
With respect to the original question, employers over in our country (Singapore) are actually moving more in favor of online computer learning.
Most employers now would very much prefer to acquire online computer learning courses and let their staff do self-paced study.
This totally eliminates the time wasted for travelling to attend training and increases efficiency and productivity.
I don't think most employers care to be frank.
My employer does not care if the degree is online and they will pay 90% of all tuition for a bachelors or masters degree even earned online. The requirements are that the school is regionally accredited.
I am earning my master's online and many of my courses for my bachelors was taken online-- and I do think a strict 100% online degree misses out on some vital classroom interaction.
In many courses, I did not find that the professor necessarily instructed me but more along the lines of pointed me in the right direction of where to learn. I do think with this methodology of learning does lack some of the experiences you can gain by sitting in a classroom.
I actually like the hybrid courses where you can view a video taped lecture and then be able to post in a discussion forum questions or insights.
At any rate, I do realize that my employer may not always be my employer and it was important to me to choose schools which were linked to traditional brick and mortar schools-- which is why I stepped away from other schools that offer online programs.
It's widely acceptable in Asia so long it's an accredited degree recognized by its own government.
Hey UoP is not just online...they do have campuses around the nation.
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