2.6 million students took a fully online course in the US in 2012, and the majority of online students are looking to improve their employment situation according to a Learning House report. From these figures, it seems that more and more students and employees are using e-Learning to earn their degrees, build upon their knowledge base, and develop new skills. Despite these impressive statistics, prospective students considering online learning are often left with questions about the validity of online degrees.
With online degrees being compared with free online or open courses (MOOCs), it’s easy to see how some would get confused. Yet fully accredited online degree programmes, like the ones delivered by Coventry University College, offer the same qualifications that Coventry University’s on-ground students receive. This basically means that the final degree earned from an online programme can carry as much academic weight as a traditional degree.
Do employers value online degrees?
Though there are differences between countries and employers, online degrees have dramatically reduced the stigma they had ten years ago. Studying for an online degree not only increases your knowledge but also your soft skills such as time management, IT fluency and perseverance. Studying online is a great way of displaying your ability to juggle multiple commitments and achieve. Susan Fontana, regional vice president of Manpower, states that employers can even favour online students because they have demonstrated these soft skills.
As the final qualification gained is often the same regardless of the mode of study, employers won’t actually have access to information concerning your study mode unless they ask to see your transcripts or you choose to disclose this information. In which case, a recent study has shown three factors that could increase the power of your online degree.
Is your course accredited? Does it result in an official qualification?
- Is the online course also delivered on-ground?
If the course is also delivered on-ground, like CUC Online courses are, the parallels between online and traditional study are increased.
- Delivered by an established university
The reputation of the awarding university is important to employers no matter how you study.
The benefits of online learning
The advantages of online learning are described in our previous blog post, but the modern importance of online learning is accessibility. Online learning caters for the lives of those who have other commitments, international students who want a quality education without the cost of travel and those who can’t make it to campus easily.
CUC Online delivers courses in accounting and management at several academic levels including undergraduate degrees, HNCs and HNDs. All our courses are fully accredited by Coventry University, which has been awarded University of the Year 2015 by the Times Higher Education awards. To view our courses click here, or call our Recruitment Advisors on Freephone 08081 789 636.