Saturday, May 10, 2008

Online education institutions, resources and accreditation

Online education is one very good spin-off from this amazing invention of the century - www and the Internet. Online education offer opportunities to obtain diplomas, degrees from Colleges or Universities or just learning minus any certification for people who would otherwise have to forgo such possibilities because of constraints like having to hold a job to support parents or just own survival. There are lots of such online educational institutions and the link just given will lead you to an online education website which has a search engine which I think will enable you to find online degree programs including associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees, even doctorate degree programs. I have been given to understand that those include field of studies in education, nursing and business and also science and technology.

Science an Technology online programs

I am a graduate in Science and post-graduate in Technology and knows that for Science and Technology, laboratory work in often involved and it will not be easy to provide for online studies in this area unless you combine that with compulsory period of attendance at the colleges or universities itself. Further, providing such facilities require funding and setting up some of such facilities will not be cheap. So it is not impossible, but not easy as compared with, say, to set up a program leading science and technology as for a MBA (Master in Business Administration), for example.

That website has another way to find educational programs of specific degree level, category and subject. Now I subjected that to a test and tried to see what I can find: In that box to "Find Your Online Degree", I chose "Master's Degree" for the degree level, "Science and Technology" for the Category and "Engineering" for the subject. Now that to me is a pretty demanding request and I click "Find Now" anyway:

Online degree search by degree level, category and subject

Surprise, surprise, I was greeted with the message "Congratulations! We've found 6 accredited online school(s) with 10 program(s) that match your request" and the first one was for Norwich University offering a Master in Civil Engineering which definitely will need lots of lab equipments. Wish I have time to check, but I am quite sure they would have to have some kind of lab facilities of its Master in Civil Engineering students. There are 5 other Universities which I have no time to check.

Health Studies, Nursing, particularly RN (Registered Nurse)

Since nurses, especially RN (Registered Nurse) are in great demand worldwide, I have a special interest in this area and I tried to use the above to find something but was disappointed when the first result I obtained was for a medical billing program. So I tested the regular search box using the search terms "registered nurse" and ended up with the search page for Registered Nurse. The first result was the Walden University Master's in Nursing (BSN - MS degree in Nursing). The search results turned out to be pretty satisfactory to me.

Accreditation and accredited online educational institutions

It is also good to search for accredited online degree programs and for that, you should try its Advanced Search and specify "accredited programs only". Just tick the box next to "Only show listings from institutionally accredited schools (?)" in the third panel and choose whatever is applicable for you in the first 2 panel and if the website does as it claims, you should get only acreditated educational programs in your search result pager.

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