Determine whether you need to pay a technology or distance learning fee as an online student. Whether you have decided to pursue an online degree for a new job or to advance in your current role, paying for your education can be a major hurdle.
The online higher education market in the US is anticipated to witness rapid growth over the forecast period, owing to the robust ICT (information, communication, and technology) infrastructure, increased penetration of mobile devices, rising adoption of BYOD (bring your own devices), and surging demand for employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
The internet has changed the way humans do -- well, almost everything. For instance, instead of physically giving five bucks to a friend for buying coffee, one can Venmo them. Social circles are connected through Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and so on. Even grocery shopping can be done online thanks to Amazon. So why wouldn’t education follow this trend of improving the way in which humans live and interact?
More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, according to the latest Digital Learning Compass report. With on-campus course enrollment on the decline and online enrollment increasing, colleges can use the latest in tech to boost student learning opportunities and reap financial benefits.
It's important to have a good understanding of the expectations and commitment required to successfully earn a degree online before starting your education. Most notably, being aware of the support structure at the university will be essential. Online students may interact with support staff via videoconferencing, phone, email or other means. If you are planning to pursue an online degree, here are five questions you should consider asking the online school's enrollment adviser as you compare programs.
Are today’s MOOCs akin to the first generation of smart phones? Is edX / Coursera circa 2017 comparable to original (and largely forgotten) touch screen mobile phone / communications & computing device - the 1994 IBM Simon? There is a possibility that for all the wonderful benefits of open online education - and there are many - that MOOCs are an idea that is ahead of our time.
Technology has disrupted industry after industry, changing the landscape and usually resulting in lower costs to consumers. Ride-sharing platforms like Uber and Lyft and the lodging app Airbnb are just a few examples. So here's an interesting question -- is technology, in the form of online courses, about to dramatically lower the soaring cost of higher education?
With an annual tuition rate of $6,480, Tech costs significantly less than other online degree programs. At No. 2 behind Tech is University of Massachusetts-Lowell at $8,625 - more than $2,000 higher than Tech’s tuition. The average rate of the ranked schools is $12,207, nearly twice as much as Tech’s tuition.