Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Focus on Earning After a Complete Learning

Higher education in India has developed with the time and is currently one of the best in the world. For the management and technical aspect of education, Indian Institute of Managements and Indian Institute of Technology have carved their niche in the world. Leading educational institutes, such as the Delhi University and the other top Indian University are considered among the best for post graduation and research studies owing to which international students are heading to India as their new education hub.

Higher education has great value in India and considered essential for a bright future. Higher education India begins after the 12th grade. A bachelor degree takes three years for completion while an engineering degree course extends to four years. A medical and law degree course requires five years with six months of compulsory internship period. Postgraduate education India is of two years with some exceptions such as Master of Computer Application that comprise a three-year study.

Correspondence courses offered by distance education India and other open universities facilitate those students who could not afford a regular college or institute for pursuing their higher education. With the availability of correspondence courses, students can add qualification to their career graph yet continue their professional jobs.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Online Higher Education

If we look back at history and the role of women in ancient times, we would realize that it is a lot different than how women are treated today. In the US, women were considered to be caretakers of the home, to serve their husband and take care of their kids. Today, although we still see most women as the primary homemaker, they are now allowed to pursue higher learning and have the liberty to do both.

Online higher education has been widely popular, and this is especially for women. The need to divide their time between studying and their family obligations becomes a dilemma in a traditional campus setting, but the online degrees have addressed this problem. In fact, a lot of women have climbed up the corporate ladder with online degrees under their belts. It is common knowledge today that if you want to be able to succeed professionally, you need to make sure that you have a degree, and women have embraced this concept quite well.

Completing higher education online will not be a problem for parents. People who were cynical about the concept of online learning question the ability of a parent to study when they have children nearby. In the real world, what works would actually be the exact opposite! Online degrees enable parents to spend more quality time with their kids, help them out with their homework and see them grow. Because both of them are learning simultaneously, the parent not only becomes a mother or a father, but a role model in excelling academically.

A parent who prefers home schooled education will benefit most from online higher education. When a parent decides to earn an education degree online, this would mean that you can be completely certified to measure and assess the educational needs of your children. Imagine being able to develop a customized learning model for your kids --- that could be one of the greatest gifts you could ever give them.

The Internet has provided a lot of opportunities to professionals and parents alike, and online higher education has proven to us that we can be both. Having a successful career and a loving family is not impossible with this type of learning. Children of college educated parents are normally higher in aptitude and most likely to graduate from college themselves. Seeing their parents as good examples and role models would always be a huge advantage.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Get Higher Education Through Distance Learning

If you are a working professional and thinking about pursuing a higher education simultaneously to increase the chances of getting a better paying job, you can opt for distance learning. Since Middle Eastern countries don't offer the best of higher education; you can study independently in one of the UK's premier universities.

The global market is expanding and to keep up with the rapid changes, you need to be qualified enough. But the countries of the Middle East don't offer many opportunities for pursuing higher education. If you think about studying at one of the leading universities of the world that will unfold many prospects for you, the first thing that comes to mind is the expenses of living and studying abroad. When you think about the expenditure to afford education, you drop the whole idea of better qualification and continue with your job. However, you can opt for a distance learning program to achieve better qualification in order to get a more rewarding job.

Pursuing higher studies by distance education is the best choice for working professionals who wish to gain better qualification but don't have enough time to attend the classes. Both having a job and joining a full time course is nearly impossible. Distance learning helps you study further as well as continue with your job. This gives you the flexibility to study at a time and place you are most convenient with, be it your home, workplace or a study center. As a learner, you will have the freedom to learn at the time that is suitable to you. While opting for distance learning, you won't have to leave your present occupation.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Access to Higher Education in Developing Countries

A common challenge for developing countries or economies is the inadequate access to Higher education needed for human capital development. For instance in Nigeria university sub-sector over 1.1 million candidates with about 75% of them having the minimum academic requirements, sit for the nationally organized Universities Matriculation examination annually, whereas the existing universities in Nigeria can only absorb about 220,000 new entrants. You can imagine the shortfall and the backlog of candidates that will be thrown into the education market without opportunities of furthering their career until the following year.

In fact this education crisis prompted the government to bridge this yawning gap between demand and supply, the Nigerian government has over the years, taken a number of steps, the most significant being between 1999 and 2007. The government, realizing that she could not satisfy the educational requirements of the nation, invited the Private Sector to participate in the provision of university education. Consequently, between 1999 and 2007, thirty-four private universities were licensed by government with 15 of them established in 2005 alone. The number of private universities has increased to 41 in 2009.

With these measures, the disequilibrium between demand and supply in tertiary education persists, as the private universities put together account for just 5 % of total student enrollment in the Nigerian University System with the 27 Federal universities accounting for about 70% of total student enrollment. Concerted efforts has been put together between 2008 till the time of writing this article to engaged cross-border education in collaboration with open and distance learning. The university commission then identified six dual mode universities and on single mode university for this project.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The New Era of Higher Education

Will the beloved "brick and mortar" college campuses completely disappear from the land in this strange new century? Distance learning is changing the face of higher education. Today, more than ever, scholars both young and old are seizing this novel opportunity. Most schools now offer courses taught from a distance. Never before in history has technology allowed such colossal amounts of knowledge to be available at our fingertips. A new era calls for different methods and innovations in learning.

You may ask, "What about the distance education? What's so special about it?" Well, distance learning has been around for a long time, although it has changed much since the educator Caleb Phillips taught a shorthand correspondence course in 1728. (Wikipedia) Only recently has the phenomenon begun to be widespread. Types of distance learning include such methods as correspondence courses, internet learning, and television broadcasts. Online learning is certainly one of the most popular channels of distance education.


Much research has been conducted regarding teaching adult learners at the university level. According to a 2006 study, over 3 million students are currently participating in at least some type of online coursework. (Allen and Seaman, 5) This constitutes around 17 percent of the entire higher education student population. (Allen and Seaman, 5) Colleges and universities are responding to this amazing level of demand by offering many more courses online. According to the same study, over 96 percent of institutions with 15,000 or more enrollments, offer some form of online courses or programs. (Allen and Seaman, 8) Academic leaders are beginning to show more affinity toward online education. This study reports that in 2006, 58.4 percent of academic leaders surveyed believed that online education is critical to the long-term strategy of their institution. This is up from 48.8 percent in 2003. (Allen and Seaman, 9) Such statistics as these indicate a growing trend toward more positive attitudes for distance education.

Which method is better: traditional or distance learning? After analyzing test scores, age, preferred learning styles, homework, research papers, exam scores, and course grades, the 1999 study concluded that "distance education can be just as good as traditional face-to-face education." The study revealed that although "no significant differences were found between pre-test scores, homework grades, research paper grades, and final course grades," distance education students actually scored higher in the other three categories. (Tucker) While employing both similar and dissimilar methods of education, both traditional and distance learning seem to produce comparable results.