The Benefits of Online Educational Programs

WOULD YOU CONSIDER AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM?

With the current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, which includes higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, many students as well as those that love learning have switched to online educational programs. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs and eight million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives.

The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education. I have taken several myself and the experience is quite unique as these programs are entirely convenient and flexible. They provide educational information that will build your business immediately. You will be surprised to know that some of these online courses are FREE! The emphasis however in taking free courses online is the personal knowledge obtained. The certificates received in some cases are however not from accredited educational institutes.

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS VERSUS TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

All of this means that students, from working professionals to recent high school graduates, find many reasons to take all or some of their courses online. Below are some major advantages of online education:

Variety of programs and courses: From traditional four-year universities to completely online career colleges, higher education today offers a variety of options for learners. This means that no matter what students wish to study, from cooking to rocket science, they can find online education they need. They can also earn every academic degree online, all the way from a career certificate to a doctorate.

Lower total costs: Online educational programs can be a more affordable option than traditional colleges. Though not all online degrees have less expensive net tuition prices than traditional colleges, associated costs are almost always less expensive. There are no commuting costs, and there is also not any required course materials such as textbooks because every reading materials are made available for free online. In addition, many colleges and universities have begun to accept credits earned via free massive open online courses (MOOCs), the most recent advance in online education. Free online courses such as these can help students fulfill general education requirements at little to no cost.

More comfortable learning environment: These days, commercials featuring online students studying in their pajamas are becoming popular in describing one of the primary benefits of online education. There are no physical class sessions. Lectures and reading materials are electronically sent to the student, who will then read them and complete assignments. Students will not have to fight traffic, find parking spaces, leave work early to go to class, or miss important family time.

Convenience and flexibility: Online educational programs give students the opportunity to plan their study time around the rest of their day, instead of the other way around. Students can study and work when they are at their peak energy, whether that’s early morning or late at night. Course material is always accessible online and they are asynchronous, so there’s no need to schedule special trips to a library either. All of this makes online learning attractive.

Avoid commuting: During bad weather, colleges may cancel classes. Also, a traffic situation like in Lagos where I reside may pose a serious problem for those attending traditional education. Rather than be late or miss important class sessions, students in online educational programs can always “attend” by participating on discussion boards or in chat sessions, turn in their work on time, and watch lectures or read materials. Many students also find that the amount they save on fuel costs can be substantial if they don’t have to commute to a physical campus in general, no matter what the weather conditions may be.

Improve your technical skills: Even the most basic online educational programs requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems (LMS) and programs. The skills students learn to participate in their online courses translate to many professions, including creating and sharing documents, incorporating audio/video materials into your assignments, completing online training sessions, etc. All this form part of their learning too.

All these benefits highlighted above are clear reasons for the astronomical growth of e-learning. There are several e-learning institutes today offering certifications and degrees in modern topics. For those wondering whether it is a valid alternative, I say to you it is. For network marketers and those managing their businesses, online education becomes a better alternative as you will not have to leave your business to continue learning.

Social Media – It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Hurt!

Everyone… well, most people… enjoy posting on Social Media sites. It can help us stay in touch with friends and family, find out what the newest products are from our favorite stores and even stay on top of current news. But sometimes you see things that make you wonder what was going on in someone’s mind when they posted. Here are the top 5 things that I see people doing on Social Medias sites that spell T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

1. Your Social Security number, Phone number, email address or home address – I can’t stress enough how important it is that you NOT share this information anywhere online. Please don’t post your phone number or address on any social media platform ever. This is just plain unsafe. First of all, there are bots online that specifically search for this type of information and you will end up on every phone and mailing (snail mail and email) list known to mankind. Second of all, remember that person who had a crush on you way, way back when? Do you really want them, or some other random odd person, showing up at your doorstep? Can you spell stalker? It’s really not a smart idea… thumbs down on sharing your social security number, phone number, email or physical address online.

2. Your Social or Vacation Plans – When you post on different social media platforms (and I am thinking specifically about Facebook in this scenario) everyone can see your information… so a friend’s third cousin’s best friend’s Uncle may be seeing your posts. What I am getting at here is that you may not know everyone who sees your posts. Posting that you will be out for the evening or in Hawaii from March 15th through the 25th may not be the best idea. I am specifically referring to the potential for criminal activity in your home.

3. Drama – Social Media is a place for happiness to take place. Connect with old friends, share good news and stay up to date with friends and family… but don’t share your arguments and air your grievances online. It hurts relationships, creates more drama and it makes you look bad… no matter how awesome you really are.

4. Complaints about Coworkers and Bosses – If you want to ruin your relationships with coworkers and maybe get fired then make sure that you complain often and publicly on Social Media. But if you value your reputation and your job I would avoid complaining online about your work, bosses, coworkers or anything to do at all with your job. And besides… put yourself into their shoes. Would you want to work with someone who would rather complain publicly than come and talk with you openly about the issues that they are facing? Me neither. This doesn’t just make an employer look bad – it makes you look unprofessional.

And last but not least…

5. Don’t post pictures that you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see – This is pretty self-explanatory. We have all seen pictures of people in situations where you just know that they shouldn’t have been posted publicly (near nudity, drunkenness and general all around debauchery come to mind). Employers and potential clients (if you own your own business) look at your social media to get a feel for who you are in your personal life. Your posts and pictures speak volumes about your character and ethics. Do you really want to miss out on your dream job because every picture you post is from a party or from participating in events that may be deemed as not acceptable? My advice for determining whether or not you should post a picture is “don’t post it if you wouldn’t show it to your Grandmother.” Leave that picture in an album to remind you of just how fun and crazy you can get and only share it with your most trusted friends.

Here is a great way to decide if you should post something on social media. And it can be used as a gauge for making just about any decision. Just ask yourself “How would I feel if I saw this on the front page of my local hometown newspaper?” I think that your gut will give you your answer.

Electronic Catch Phrase Reviewed: a Fun Party Game

Electronic Catch Phrase is a fun party game that the world has gone crazy over. It’s a game that will turn your party upside down. Basically one player grabs the small electronic unit and gets his or her teammates to say a word that comes up on the screen. Meanwhile a timer counts down. Once the player get’s the team to guess the word or phrase, the unit is passed to the next team. It’s a lot like hot potato. The unit buzzes when the time is up. The team stuck with the electronic catch phrase in his/her hand loses. It’s a riot!

There are more than 10,000 words in the electronic catch phrase unit. The game is built for hours of party fun. I’ve watched boring parties turn from “blah” to amazing once Catch Phrase was introduced. If you want a fun party game, you need to check it out. People will literally go wild and start to have a great time as soon as Catch Phrase comes out.

It’s a lot like the classic fun party games Charades, but is even more fun. Catch Phrase seems to to taking the place of games like Pictionary and Trivial pursuit at parties. I say, check out Catch Phrase for your next party and watch your guests have fun! They will thank you and probably even send you an email the next day about how much fun they had playing it. Never again is there an excuse to have a boring party.