Part 1: For Working Adults, Going Online Is The Best Option
Terry Bens is a
typical distance learner. Terry's job as a marketing representative for a
Silicon Valley telecommunications supplier, is too demanding for a traditional
classroom education. He is looking for an MBA degree that will accommodate his
extensive travel schedule. Terry enrolled in an online MBA program at Jones
International University. The courses which were offered entirely online, allowed
him to do his course work at night, on the weekends, and when he was on the road.
Across the country there are countless other working adults who are pressed
for time and facing the need for continuing education. Fifty percent of post
secondary students are working adults. Their best option is to go online.
Some Resistance in the Workplace
Due to accreditation issues, "talking
head" course ware, lack of face-to-face contact, employers seem divided over
distance learning issues. They know that online classes are the next big thing
in training and higher education but they remain very wary. The important
question remains: How will online students be received as they enter or reenter
the job market over the next few years?
A recent survey of 1,300 graduates and 80 employers asked supervisors to
rate the value of the degree earned by their employee compared to a resident
school degree in the same field. Sixty-nine percent of the supervisors rated the online degree "just
as valuable" or "more valuable" than traditional degrees. This means that one
out of three supervisors need to be convinced that an online degree offers the
same quality and content as a traditional degree.
Overall Supervisory Support For Distance Learning
felt much more positive on other distance learning issues. The survey found