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E-learning - decent options?
My husband and I are in our late 20s and we, well, kind of miss school. However, we are not willing to change our comfortable lives radically, to relocate or even to interrupt our high-paying professions so I've been looking for some e-learning programs. We wouldn't mind spending a bunch of money on a reallly good program but we are absolutely not interested in dubious websites offering degrees for money without any effort. Unfortunately, I've been almost exclusively encountering those in my googling. The decent universities I've found use e-learning as a tool to make life easier for their regular students. I am aware that great universities like MIT and Berkeley made some of their content available through podcasts but I'd rather enrol in a comprehensive and well-structured programme.
I'm posting here because it would be great to hear from real people who have some experience in this area.
My husband has a BA in Liberal Arts and I possess an MA in Economics. He's interested in linguistics and philology while I dream of math or history (yes, a weird combination, I know ). Both of us were top students. We are passionate readers.
Most distance courses are probably in English but each of us is fluent in several languages so if you know of something interesting in another language, do not hesitate to mention it.
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Harvard Extension School sounds a lot like what you are looking for. I am not in the program, but I know someone on another forum who is. Here's the link to Harvard:Harvard University Extension School and here's the link where she talks about her experience:Harvard Extension School
I think the program requires a 6 week or so residency, which can be completed during summer session. If you have vacation time, this could be a viable option.
If the residency turns you off, Cornell offers a certificate program:eCornell | Leadership Development Training - Corporate Management Training , but I don't think they currently offer anything in your discipline of interest. They appear to be more accessible though. However, these options can not be beat if you are looking for comprehensive learning by distance with a credential that will be bankable. If you decide on this one please keep me updated, because I am very, very interested in this one.
As a third option, if you are looking to fill some time until you decide on a program, Andrew Jackson University is a DETC accredited program currently offering a radical tuition free program if you sign up with one of their sponsors. Here's the link:Andrew Jackson University || Accredited Online Degrees It looks like they are trying to start a Myspace for education, and if you sign up to be a beta tester for that, you can do the Master's program just with the typical sort of semester fees. Here's the thread where it is discussed in more detail: Go to college for free? Sort of... - Distance Learning Discussion Forums They mistake the semester fee for a per course fee, but that is cleared up in the first few posts. Although price may not be a concern for you, this particular option can be done for less than $550 a semester, so it's interesting for me for that price!
And here's another link you might find interesting:Ivy League online degree : Ivy League distance education and online courses | Online College Blog and School Reviews This one includes links to similar programs at Dartmouth and Columbia. You may want to investigate the Columbia program first, I think it sounds most like what you really are looking for. I should have mentioned that one first, really.
And just to throw this out there, Rutgers offers professional skill certifications if you just wish to brush up on your knowledge and get a nice Rutgers certificate. These have no real academic value, they are professional certifications only, but there is a high level of interest in them on other forums as a good resume filler. Rutgers Skill Certification Center and here's the thread where it's discussed:Skills Certifications from Rutgers University
Well, those are the things I am considering after I finish my undergrad anyway. I hope those sites are helpful to you even if the programs are not to your liking. That Distance Learning Discussion Forum has many, many more options as well, if you do a search within the forum. Good luck to you!
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