Online degree versus classroom study
Let's compare online degree programs with face-to-face study. If your ordinary life schedule makes it impossible for you to attend classes, online degree programs allow students to attend lessons at the places and times that best fit their needs. No commuting, no schedule conflicts at all.
Several surveys have shown that distance learners do as well or better than their on-campus colleagues. For instance, a book ("The No Significant Difference Phenomenon") written by Thomas L. Russell cites over 300 research reports and summaries dating back to the nineteen twenties. No relevant difference was ever found between distance learning and classroom learning. Differences generally favored distance learners. An in-depth survey was conducted by the University of Phoenix and compared its own campus-based students to distance learners. They reached the same conclusion and they identified the online format as the most effective way to perform distance education.
But online learning is not easier. Professors just demand the same quality of work they would get from you in a classroom. And a similar number of hours will be needed if you are committed to an online degree course. No one will be pushing you to deliver, but consider honestly if this is a real advantage in your case. In other words, will you manage to deliver if you're only pushed by your own sense of responsibility? Remember that your professor will hold you accountable anyway. You do need to study hard in order to earn your online degree.
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