Certainly, many legitimate and established universities are now offering long distance education options and some offer specific courses online only.
The technology that is available to deliver these options is amazing, too!
Lectures delivered online are often delivered via the Internet with streaming technology using the existing browser on your computer so you can see and hear the lecturer as they deliver the class.
This technology enables people living anywhere in the world to “attend” a specific university with nothing more than a good computer and Internet connection.
Certainly, when cost and geography is an issue preventing you from attending your desired school, pursuing an online university degree might be an option to help you out.
With regards to the differences between pursuing a traditional in-class education and completing an online degree, I’ve read studies that suggest various differences between the two options but at the end of the day, the most noticeable differences might be determined by you and your specific situation ie. your personality.
For example, the quality of your internet connection and the amount of time you have access to a computer can affect your success with an online program.
As with any long distance learning option, your ability to be self-motivated and stick to a schedule on your own accord can help to determine your success.
Your ability to learn and solve problems on your own are also two other points worth noting when considering your ability to complete an online university degree.
What happens if you can’t understand something and would prefer someone to sit with and discuss the problem with you face to face rather than online?
Finally, the degree to which you handle actually learning on your own without benefit of others in a classroom who might ask the same questions that you would and who you can collaborate with is a final consideration for you to ponder.
Certainly, if you’ve spent your whole life learning in a classroom filled with other people with a teacher or instructor present, sitting in front of a computer screen to receive instruction by yourself can be an experience you need to adjust to.
Having said that, the possible benefits to you in terms of increased flexibility to complete the course(s) and possible cost savings could make the online university degree option one that is worth looking at.
If possible, you might consider enroling in a single course first to experience it first hand before committing to an entire program.
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