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Thinking about earning your computer degree online?

Written By: Jeff Lakie

Thinking about earning your computer degree online? Here’s a few things that you should know.

Online distance education is one of the fastest growing markets in the education field. Online computer degrees offer you unparalleled flexibility and convenience, usually at a great price. But before you sign that check for your tuition fees, you need to make sure that the programme- and the college- is right for you. Remember, just because a school or university has an .edu domain, does not mean that it is a reputable college.

When choosing the online school that offers online computer degrees, you should try to get as much information about the institution as possible. Where is it accredited and by whom? There are numerous resources available online that will help you in verifying a school’s credentials.

What is the average class size? Some online courses have large numbers of students enrolled, thus making it difficult for the instructor to effectively communicate with their students. Are the instructors experienced in the field and do they have experience teaching online? Being a great instructor in the classroom does not mean that he or she will be able to successfully make the transition to the virtual campus. Try to contact former students and ask them questions about their experiences. Many alumnae are happy to talk about their time at college or while studying and this will give you some more information about pursuing your computer degree from an online college.

Another tactic that you can employ to find out about online computer degrees is to contact the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has registered a complaint against the college or institute. Likewise, you should also contact the appropriate licensing board to verify that their diploma or degree will be recognised.

Choosing an online college for your computer degree is a very important step in your professional career and is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With a little due diligence and some common sense, you’ll quickly find the computer program that is just right for you.
Matt Norman is the founder of Easy Distance Learning a website providing information on learning online

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