Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Online College Programs at Durham College

DurhamCollege understands that some students learn best in a classroom setting while others would benefit from the flexibility of off-site learning. We’re pleased to offer you the option to study online at home or at a remote facility. Alternatively, you can work on your online program at the Oshawa campus in our E-Lab!

            Provides the opportunity to study from the comfort of your own computer or using the Oshawa campus’ E-Lab.
           Three semester start dates: September, January or May.
           Online learners can access their courses and technical support 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Off-site learners only are responsible for software/hardware requirements.
            Benefits of the E-Lab include dedicated support staff; your own computer workstation; and peer support of fellow students.         E-Lab users also experience student benefits including health insurance coverage, a Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) and access to on-campus facilities including the CampusRecreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC).*
  *E-Lab and full-time day students must pay all full-time ancillary fees.

The following certificate and diploma programs are available to both on-campus (E-Lab) and off-site students who are eligible for funding through the Second Career program.

·         Bookkeeping
·         Business Fundamentals
·         Client and Customer Services
·         Entrepreneurship
·         Event Planning
·         Geographic Information Systems
·         Home Inspection
·         Hospital Nursing Unit Clerk
·         Leadership Development Series
·         Legal Office Assistant
·         Management Studies
·         Marketing Management
·         Microsoft Office
·         Operations Management
·         Technical Support Analyst
·         Business – Marketing
·         Business – Operations
·         Early Childhood Education
·         Educational Assistant
·         Human Resources Management

Online College Courses

The Open University has been a passionate supporter of international development for over 20 years.
The OU won the prestigious Queen´s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, with its ground-breaking Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa programme (TESSA).
The Queen´s Anniversary Prizes are awarded for exceptional contributions by institutions in the higher and further education sectors to the wider community. TESSA extends across 13 institutions and nine African countries, and is now Africa’s largest teacher education research and development community. TESSA was designed and led by The Open University and funded by the Department for Education and Skills in England, The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and donations from OU alumni. It has developed a unique open content model to address the challenges of delivering high quality programmes of school-based professional learning for teachers in Africa.
HEAT is another programme launched in early 2011 by The Open University with a bold ambition – to reach and help train 250,000 frontline healthcare workers across sub-Saharan Africa by 2016. By working in close collaboration with African Governments, NGOs and funding institutions, we believe that HEAT will transform access to healthcare in the region.

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Online College Degrees

Online college degrees is an academic degree (usually a college degree, but sometimes the term includes high school diplomas and non-degree certificate programs) that can be earned primarily or entirely through the use of an Internet-connected computer, rather than attending college in a traditional campus setting. Improvements in technology, the increasing use of the Internet worldwide, and the need for people to have flexible school schedules while they are working have led to a proliferation of online colleges that award associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.


The goal of educational accreditation, according to the UnitedStates Department of Education, is to ensure that programs provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality.ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, describes the role of external quality assurance in education as one that "combines both accountability for the reassurance of the public and an objective and developmental role for enhancing quality in institutions". In the area of online education, it is important to avoid unaccredited diploma mills that offer fake degrees, as these are unfortunately common. Students seeking valid online degrees should obtain proof of accreditation from an appropriate national or regional accrediting body.
In the United States, online colleges that are fully accredited have earned a widely recognized form of university accreditation from one of six regional accreditationboards.Each of six geographic regions of the United States has one of these boards, a non-governmental agency that oversees and accredits degree-granting institutions headquartered in their areas. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognize the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) as the accrediting organization for distance learning institutions and education programs that offer online degrees. However, DETC accreditation is commonly (though not universally) viewed as inferior to regional accreditation, and regionally accredited schools may refuse to accept transfer credit from DETC-accredited schools more often than they would refuse credit from other regionally-accredited schools.
Outside of the United States, other national and regional standards ofaccreditation hold, and may be highly supportive of, distance education. For example, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, or Open University of Catalonia, has been accredited by AQU, the Agency for Quality Assurance in theCatalan University System (a full member of ENQA), since its inception in 1995, and has been called a "significant success story" as "the world's first continuous, and sustainable, virtual university".Similarly, in Ireland, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) has accredited a number of online colleges and degrees, e.g. Setanta College.

Quality of Online College Degrees :

Online education enables individuals living with physical disabilities, busy full-time employees, soldiers, those living abroad, and stay-at-home parents, among others to have access to accredited higher education.
The perception of the quality of online College degrees compared to on-campus degrees varies. While most major online colleges are regionally accredited, the public estimation of their quality is in dispute. A national survey of hiring representatives showed that a preference toward on-campus degrees exists. In some instances, hiring executives were unwilling to consider applicants with an online degree.Some experts argue that degrees in certain fields are more accepted online than in others, while some programs are less suited for online-only schools.
A survey by the Distance Education and Training Council found that 100% of employers who responded felt that distance education program graduates performed better on the job as a result of their degree (as compared to their previous performance). Additionally, employers felt that an employee receiving a distance education degree compared favorably, in terms of knowledge learned, to someone with a resident degree.On the other hand, TheChronicle of Higher Education reported in January 2007 on a Vault Inc. survey that found 55 percent of employers’ preferred traditional degrees over online ones. Forty-one percent, however, said they would give "equal consideration to both types of degrees".
The Sloan Consortium, an organization funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to maintain and improve the quality of distance education, publishes regular reports on the state of United States distance education. In its 2006 report "Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006," it stated that "in 2003, 57 percent of academic leaders rated the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face. That number is now 62 percent, a small but noteworthy increase".
In some instances, an online degree may be effectively indistinguishable from a degree earned in a campus-based program. The instruction is often exactly the same, with the online degree containing no special designation. An example of this is the degree offered to Columbia University students who earn a degree through the Columbia Video Network (CVN) versus the campus-based program.The professors, courses, homework, tests, and eventual transcripts and diploma are identical to that of on-campus students.

Prevalence of Online College Degrees :

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a distance education study based on the 2001-2002 academic year at United States 2-year and 4-year degree-granting institutions that were eligible for U.S. federal student aid. The study reported that 56 percent of institutions surveyed offered distance education courses. The study also found that public institutions were more likely to offer distance education than private institutions were.
The Sloan Consortium, based on data collected from over 2,200 U.S. colleges and universities, reports that nearly 3.2 million students took at least one online course during 2005 (a significant increase over the 2.3 million reported in 2004). According to the same report, about two-thirds of the largest institutions have fully online programs.In 2010, more than 6 million students were taking at least one course online.

Financial Aid:

Until 2006, United States students enrolled in online degree programs were not eligible for federal student aid unless at least half of their programs were campus-based (a law established in 1992 and known as the 50-percent rule).In February 2006, that law was repealed, making federal student aid in the form of federal loans, grants, and work-study available in the U.S. for students enrolled in an eligible online degree program at an accredited Title IV-eligible institution.