Online Education: How To Know If It’s Right For You

“Online education could be the perfect path to improving your job skills, finishing a degree, or changing careers,” says Susan Deane, Author of ONLINE EDUCATION, Is It For You, “especially if you want to improve your lifestyle and income.”

The problem is that not all online education is right for everyone and there are important pitfalls and traps to avoid.

As an online education expert, Susan Deane takes the mystery out of deciding how or if to pursue an online course with her simple tips and strategies based on experience as a student, teacher, and now, course developer.

If you’re considering online education, first take this easy quiz (and be honest!)

Online education was meant for you if most of these statements describe you-

- I cannot commit to a regular schedule.
- My family and/or work responsibilities make it difficult to attend regular college classes.
- I don’t have specific degree prerequisites.
- I’m motivated to succeed.
- I have the determination to complete a course successfully.
- I want to accelerate my degree completion.
- I want to complete courses that are not locally available.
- I sometimes travel for business or pleasure.
- I enjoy communicating using my writing skills.

Still not sure? You might try taking a course to find out! There’s very little to lose and LOTS to gain.

When it comes time to select a full online study program, here are some guidelines for avoiding the pitfalls and traps that are out there:

DO:
- Ask around for recommendations. If you don’t need an accredited degree, a professional speaker or trainer might be your best online teacher.
- Expect to work for your degree. Online does not mean free ride.
- Be realistic with how many credits you can handle at a time.
- Pick a degree or course that really interests you, especially if self-discipline is not your strong suit.
- Most universities offer some credits for life/work experience and of course you may be able to test out of some required classes. Expect that the experience and skills you have need to be verifiable before you can apply it to a degree program.

AVOID:
- Scams that are sneaky and often copy entire websites of real colleges but delete the contact information. Refer to the directory put out by the Council for Higher Education Accredidation to be sure you have a legitimate degree program. Those few minutes of online search can save you a real headache later.
- Sites that care more about your credit card than your skill level and past education.
- Life-experience only degrees. They may sound easy, but are never legitimate and there are laws being passed that make them illegal to use on certain job applications. (Really, who wants a doctor who has never taken a medical class but watched a lot of reality tv?) Don’t expect your experience to save you more than a quarter to a half of your education time and cost.

Fitting your lifestyle:
- If you don’t work well alone, find a study buddy. Preferably a co-worker or local friend. They don’t have to even be working on the same thing.
- Use your own personal computer. You’ll be glad you did.
- Schedule class time and study/homework time. While flexible hours means you pick when, they still need to happen sometime. Portable MP3 players may give you even more flexibility with finding time to listen to recorded lessons.
- Take advantage of study groups, online forums, your professor’s email, and local study buddies.

Take the quiz, try these strategies out and you’ll easily and confidently enjoy earning the legitimate online degree you want without putting your life and work on hold.

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Adult Learning Education It’s Never To Late To Go To College

On your list of priorities where does education rank? Is it high? Or is education something you never really thought was a must, maybe it was more of something to have like job experience. No question different people rank education differently, some rank it higher then others. While may parents after high school saw going to college as a must thing to do, friends of mine didn’t have the same push. One of the wonderful things about going to college and expanding your education today is the convenience. What exactly do I mean? With the simplicity of the Internet today almost any adult can attend college that never had the opportunity to do so before. Adult learning education is quickly becoming a very prominent business in the online world.

If you have never thought of adult learning education being in your future maybe it’s time to reconsider. If you have never achieved a bachelor’s degree in the past, or regretted never going to college after high school you now have the chance. With todays high tech world, you and about half the rest of the population who have an Internet connection can. Todays high speed world makes it easy to investigate adult learning education. First step, simple go online and check it out. In the past you may not have had time to attend classes due to work or financial constraints, but what if you could attend an online class? Would you be interested if I told you that you could attend class, and do all of your class work from the comfort of your living room? With the adult learning education programs today this is totally possible. There are thousands of adults upgrading their education and job skills every year with this process. People can easily keep their current careers while they go back to college to train for something new, something they maybe always wanted to do but never had the chance to attend college.

So do we have your attention yet? Adult learning education is possible, that bachelor of arts or business you always wanted isn’t so far from your grasp. Get on the Internet now and start exploring the possibilities that adult learning education offers you. You could start programs next month, or next week and be on your way to earning that degree that will propel your career, or maybe even allow you to change careers. Go get it, it’s there for you to learn.

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Termwiki And Higher Education

There are several reasons why collaborative learning in higher education deserves more attention than it is getting. The benefits of are numerous, with facilitating creativity, knowledge sharing and teamwork just a few of the gains. The single biggest challenge, however, has been a lack of effective technologies that will seamlessly manage the entire process through and through�that is, until recently.

The wiki technology has fundamentally changed the concept of collaborative learning. Wikis are websites that allow users to create and edit pages easily and directly. One of the most well-known sites abiding to wiki technology is Wikipedia. With over 3 million English articles to date and over 17 million in 270 languages, Wikipedia has proven its collaborative learning success, driving the frontline of wiki technologies. But success does not come without learning points.

Not even a year old, TermWiki.com is the language industry’s first collaborative social learning portal, taking Wikipedia a step further to merge wiki technology with social networking characteristics. Instead of accessing large amounts of information in article format, as on Wikipedia, TermWiki allows users access to concise and accurate definitions and translations, while also featuring images, news article links, and videos that pertain to the term. Simply put, an all-in-one package that provides various modes of media and learning techniques, all within one space.

With over 800,000 terms, TermWiki’s online community version is an excellent platform for students of all studies to work with. The technology behind TermWiki supports industry/category-specific learning. This can be especially helpful for students utilizing, for example, the trigonometry or calculus glossaries, with formulas and graphs available alongside each term and definition. TermWiki is something all individuals (professors and students) as well as whole departments and classrooms can use to create or upload terminologies by subject domain.

As people learn to adapt their decisions to today’s economic climate and as the focus on globalization increases, it is no wonder language-based studies are gathering speed in higher education institutions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that translation and interpretation jobs will increase by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018. The US News and World Report also supports this: translation and interpretation jobs are among their 50 Best Careers of 2011.

Particular to translation studies, accurate multilingual terminology translations are critical as the same term can mean completely different things in life sciences, automotive manufacturing or sports. With its well organized multilingual terms classified by subjects and industries, TermWiki promises to change the way terminologies are translated; it also provides a good place for students to learn a foreign language.

In the eyes of professors and instructors, TermWiki is an excellent hands-on tool, which demonstrates common applications consistently used throughout the translation process.
Since its launch, TermWiki has added a number of very practical features such as My Glossary, which allows users to import, export, share, and collaboratively edit whole glossaries.

Due to its collaborative and wiki nature, the content quality relies heavily on users. This provides students with opportunities to improve efficiency in editing, training them to become more detailed-oriented, and teaching them to work with others to produce the best and most accurate results. TermWiki also drives ambition and motivation by its voluntary collaborative nature. contributions not only help the users learn, but by contributing, users are able to feel a sense of ownership in their contributions and value in their work. Every term and definition or translation that a user inputs includes a user contribution box, which not only supports ownership with the name stamp, but also creates an open tracking system. Users are able to see the history of each contribution, including who, when, and what the contribution was.

With particular regard to translation studies, this feature will prepare student translators for the marketing and networking aspects of a translation career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 26% of all translators and interpreters are self-employed. That is over one-fourth of total translators and interpreters. Proz.com, an online networking community of translators, cites over 300,000 freelancers registered. On TermWiki, with every �name stamp� displayed on each page’s user contribution box, students will be able to begin having a presence in the translation world, getting a head start on their careers.

Another important function of wikis is that the resulting term and definition depositories can then be used by future students to learn about various subjects and continuously expand, improve and share knowledge. More importantly, these students can improve upon already existing information to make collaborative learning an evolving process.

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