Monday, March 21, 2011

Open Access: Courses Online

If you are thinking whether online learning is the right decision for you, test the waters by taking advantage of the Open Access initiative offered at Atlantic International University.  As part of our mission we believe education is a basic human right and for that reason we have created an Open Access initiative to allow interested individuals try our open access online courses.  The right to primary education for all is a world wide movement supported by member countries of The United Nations.  The commitment goes further making secondary as well as higher education accessible to all individuals.  This right also covers a commitment to eliminate discrimination.  Further information on the right to education can be found in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of  Human Rights and Articles 13 and 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The courses available include Business Communication, Cost Accounting, Electronic Commerce, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Marketing, Psychology, and many more.  All the courses are offered to the public without requirements for registration or payment.  The courses are designed to be taken without supervision allowing the individual to progress at his/her own pace.  And what is more amazing the user have access to video conferences, lectures, course materials, and tests.  Do not pass out a great opportunity to introduce yourself to online learning and at the same time become familiar with the educational tools offered at Atlantic International University.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Things to Know When Earning a Degree in an Online University

At first it seems easy, stay at home, relax, use the computer and in a short time receive your diploma.  There are great advantages to online education such as leaning from a particular school even if it is far away or receiving a diploma faster than a regular bricks and mortar school.  But here are a few tips one should know before enrolling in an online university.
  •  Find out if the career requires a license or other certifications.  If it does find out from the licensing authority what the requirements are and if the online university is capable of meeting those requirements.
  • Don’t assume that because it is distance education it is easier.  This is a big misconception.  In the majority of cases, the content of the courses online are similar to those of on-campus programs.
  • Develop a realistic schedule for managing time spend studying the course material.  Online universities also have scheduled test and due dates on assignments.  Therefore, it is extremely important that students are disciplined enough to manage their time effectively.
  • It is important to determine if distance learning is the right decision for you.  Do you like being in a classroom stetting, do you learn better studing by yourself or do you prefer group studying, are you self motivated to do the work required?  These are all questions you need to ask yourself before enrolling in an online university.  Some universities offer a quiz to help with the individual’s decision making process.     
Finding an university that meets the student’s career objectives is critical to the success of obtaining an online education.  At Atlantic International University, students are encouraged to get involved designing their curriculum to best match their career goals.