The internet has changed forever the method in which people get higher education. Just a few years back anyone looking to study for a college or university degree had to go out physically to search out the best college and university. Then there would tons of papers to be studied in order to reach a decision on the course or program they would like to major in. But with the introduction of the online university, all of this is now available at the click of a mouse button.
Traditionally there were just two ways of getting higher education from a college or university – by attending a physical classroom or through distance education via postal service. In the classroom method of coaching students are required to enroll themselves in a college program, buy necessary study materials and go through the rigors of having to attend each and every class and lecture. Such education would move at a fixed pace and would normally require at least 2-3 years of study.
The distance learning method was different from the above in the sense that there were no physical classrooms to be attended. A structured set of instructions and guidance materials would be supplied to the student through the mail and the student can study those at his or her convenience at home or elsewhere. Again, there would be a minimum fixed time period in which the student would be expected to complete the program
Now with education turning to e-learning and the concept of the online university becoming a widely accepted fact, all of this has changed. Through various accredited online colleges and universities, students can now acquire the degree of their choice and major in just about any subject at their own pace and time. The biggest benefit of an online education is that it is cheaper as compared to the traditional methods and allows the student to study from the comfort of home.
Today almost every college and university has its own web portal and provides online courses for the far away student. It is so simple that even a student sitting in the Philippines can acquire an MBA degree from an online university in the US. Online education has made the possibility of everyone across the world being able to get the best possible education become very real. A listing of some of the best online universities can be found at www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome.shtml.