I was in an online masters program and transferred back to a brink and mortar graduate program due to the field that I want to be in. I attended for almost a year and a half to the online program and after attending some conferences found out that an online degree in the field of counseling and psychology may not be worth the money due to each states perception of these types of degrees and licencesure. I was in an online program due to the schedule of my work but after some education on it in my field of study decided I was better served in an on ground program. My suggestion would be before transferring to an online program research the parameters and regulations of the field you want to work in to ensure the online degree is worth the same as the on ground one.
Online school is a lot of writing and some classes are better than others based on how much all participate in the discussion boards. I enjoyed the flexibility of it but I also missed the relationship building that traditional programs offer. My best advice is research the program and research the validity of the degree in the field of study you have chosen.
Good luck on your search. Emma
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The big thing to remember with online schools is that there is no one there to say "hey, remember next week you have this, this, and this due" there is also no one to make sure you are studying. It is hard in an online environment to get support from classmates because the time students access the class rooms differ (East coast, West coast, Mountain). I am in a Master program that is online because there was not one available in my field in my area. If you don't think you can stay self motivated it will be an additional challenge on top of the work load.
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My program was a hybrid one - mostly online with some face-to-face interaction. And I also study distance education methods ....
If you are pretty good at keeping yourself on track and won't miss the social aspect of a classroom, it is probably a good fit for you. Most adults, especially graduate students, do well in this environment. I've known a few who just couldn't stand it. It is usually MORE reading and writing - since everything it done through text (unless you have really tech savvy profs who also do audio lectures).
I have done group projects with my own online students, but the prof really needs to provide the tools to make it work. Although you do still have to work around everyone's schedule ... often a problem.
Let me know if you have any questions!!
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I'm finishing up my masters in Library Science and I've done the whole thing online. I would say go for it. It's really not that different from onsite classes in that you do the same type of work and have deadlines to keep you on your toes. The difficult part is the extra time it takes to participate in discussion (reading and replying is a lot more work than sitting in a class). The other thing I miss is having fellow students to interact with or commiserate with or to ask for help. I would recommend steering clear of any online classes that involve lots of group work, because it's a pain.
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Hi! Is there anyone doing online courses for their graduate studies? I am currently doing grad studies at a local university but am considering switching to a online program. Anyone have any experiences to share? Thanks
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