The question appeared with the modern internet and online studies three decades ago. The unequivocal answer is “yes,” a degree from a certified institution is fine. Ever-tighter, increasingly standardized and transparent rules, national and international, assure that the diplomas are recognized. So, if you are considering online studies, make sure that the institution you’re eyeing is certified. If it is, the degree or the qualification at the end of your studies will be good.
And yes, there is the follow-up: will employers see my online degree as equal to one issued by a brick-and-mortar school? There is no reason for it not to be. After all, most, if not all classical universities and colleges offer remote programs. They base online courses on the same curriculum as the one taught in classrooms. Again, standardization and certification ensure that.
Fine, but what about online diplomas from educational platforms vs. concrete universities and colleges? As a matter of fact, online studies offered by universities are also based on platforms. There are providers that offer the same platforms and curriculum commercially. Even at the risk of being repetitive: governments evaluate any study program before they certify it. We, the Online Business Academy provide certified under the British government and EU.
Graduates from our Business and IT & Computing programs receive qualification
Online Education Grows, Diversifies, and Gains Credibility
Online higher learning has moved far from the early days when some dubious schemes did taint the whole idea. And the idea of online studies is unarguably great. It opens the doors of higher learning for millions who would otherwise remain locked out.
Online education has grown robustly from the start. Not surprising, really. It is less complicated for students living in countries outside the European Union, the United States, and now also Great Britain. There is no need for visas, hunting for housing, insurance, commuting, and a host of other issues students must resolve for relocation. All those tasks are difficult, tricky, and expensive when tackled from distance.
Even without all that, online studying is far more affordable than classical. And it is a particularly attractive option for people who work to support themselves. In other words, for somewhat older people who already work but want better opportunities through a degree or a qualification. They can schedule their learning around their immovable commitments.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced a massive burst to the expansion and its effects will yet be evaluated. Doubtlessly, classical studying will return after we defeat the coronavirus. It is, however, already clear: the necessity of distancing dictated a rapid development of remote learning tools that will remain. It is also certain to have a sobering effect on skeptics by inertia. More precisely, on those among students, professors, and employers who balked at remote studies and online degrees, but aren’t sure exactly why.