Friday, December 16, 2011

Why Choose an Online Degree

By Will Deyamport, III, Ed.D. Candidate

Since earning my master's online, I've been fascinated by online education and the different kinds of universities and degree programs available. Though online education still has many skeptics, the truth is many people are flocking to online universities or online degree programs. In fact, more and more working professionals are choosing online degrees, because of the flexibility of online degree programs, their growing reputation, and their focus on teaching.

In addition to their focus on teaching, online degree programs curate talent in ways that traditional schools and degree programs don't. What I mean by curate is pooling together talented students and professors for the purposes of meeting the professional needs of the students and for addressing the demands of the field. Often in traditional programs, theory is the driving force of the curriculum. However, in online education, theory is used as the starting point for solving actual real-world programs. What's more, online degrees allow students to draw upon the collective knowledge and experiences of each individual, without being limited by a zip code, state line, or country of residence.

Personally, I've had professors who work as consultants in New York, accreditation specialists in Minnesota, teachers in California, and higher education professionals in Illinois. I've also had classmate who taught in New Orleans, a superintendent in California, a college coordinator at a medical school in New York, etc. Together we were able to go beyond the text and the courseroom discussions and learn from each other about how problems were being addressed in a multitude of situations.

The world is changing. The problems of today are even more connected and entrenched in slow-changing systems, and talent is needed know more than ever before. Check out a few online degree programs and discover how they can assist you in cultivating your individual talents.

Watch what USC has to say about their online Master's of Art in Teaching program and see how Walden University is meeting the needs of its learners:

Master's of Art in Teaching at USC

Walden University

Will Deyamport, III, is an Ed.D. Candidate, an education thought-leader and online content creator. His blog, PEOPLEGOGY, focuses on life and career developments. In addition to his 11 years of experience in education, he has interned with the likes of Ingrid Stabb and J. T. O’Donnell. Currently, Will is working on his dissertation, which focuses on using social media to individualize professional development for teachers.


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