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As had been written somewhere, online education might just be one of the
new waves of the future. As today’s lifestyle gets faster and more
hectic, many things including education might be conducted wholly on the
Internet in the future.

With the advent of instant communications (phones, the Internet and
satellite) linking the world in real-time, actual physical presence
sometimes becomes redundant.

Today, more than half of the processes in commerce and trade are now
conducted electronically. This is also happening in other fields like
news and information and entertainment in most instances.

And as of this writing, online education is already a success, and this
branch in their industry is now rapidly growing beyond everyone’s
expectations.

For the uninitiated, here is a short walk-through into the virtual online
campus.

Online classroom

Your online classroom is basically a website. (Or, perhaps it may be a
large section of the school’s site. This varies from school to school.)
In it, one of the first things you will receive is a contact list of your
fellow students and your instructor.

This list has the individual email addresses of all, their phone numbers
(cell phones and land lines) and maybe their Skype user names, too.

Lessons

Lectures in this classroom come in different forms – in audio or video
presentations, in interactive media (PowerPoint) or in audio-visual
format. They can all be downloaded and printed in hard copies, if
requested.

Online discussions are done in virtual discussion boards or email groups.
Any student can log on and read them and post replies accordingly.

Assignments

Assignments are generally outlined in the course syllabus. Sometimes,
instructors post them in databases with passwords. (Again, this is
dependent on the format or style of instructions in each school.)

Required readings are listed in your personal calendar. It is expected
that you plan your work accordingly so you will not be overwhelmed when
assignment deadlines are due.

The number of assignments given to you depends on the level of
educational degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Masteral, or Doctoral) you are
aiming at. Average time needed for your assignments is around 10 to 20
hours every week.

Assignments, like their counterparts in traditional schools, also have
their completion due dates. Fortunately, online students can work on
theirs according to their personal schedule. Grading your assignments is
also done by your instructor the old-fashioned way.

Degrees

The length of time to earn your degree depends on the program you are
enrolled in. (Your academic advisor will fill you in on the details.)
However, there may be factors to speed up the process.

Some schools sometimes honor the credits you earned at your previous
schools, if you had any. Additionally, you can apply and take the CLEP
exams to bypass those basic courses you already are proficient.

 Finally, it is all up to you and your personal schedule that will decide
how quickly you can complete your program. Needless to say, you will get
your degree faster if you can commit more time to your online education.

				
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