As our lives are getting busier in the fast-moving society, earning an university degree online and pursuing long distance learning has become an increasingly popular choice for people, especially those who want to continue their education without sacrificing whatever the commitments they already have.In fact, it has recently been reported that approximately two-thirds of the major institutions in the US have accredited online university degree programs and their quality has improved considerably well particularly in the past three years.In many aspects, getting an university degree online is considered a better way to pursue your education as you can have flexibility to learn in your own way and decide how quickly you want to earn your degree without being conditioned by the presence of teachers or study classrooms. Besides, getting an online education degree is actually very economical and eco-friendly as you do not need any transport to attend a classroom every day.Nowadays, it is truly easy to work on online bachelor degrees, online master degrees or even online doctors and PhD degrees from many major universities without having your own presence and it has certainly been encouraging many people to pursue their higher education.Earning an university degree online, however, can be not as easy as it seems if you are not prepared for the slightly different approach to its learning process. The biggest difference you must know before jumping into an online education degree program is that you need more “self-motivation”. Obviously there is NO one to inspire you or even push you when you are sitting in front of your computer by yourself. In other words, you need to have a determination, self-management and organizational abilities to earn degrees online. You also should have a good reading skill to learn well as more and more online degrees are becoming available.Now, if you are keen on pursuing university degrees online, you should be considering the following points before jumping right in.1. A good Internet Connection:This is rather too obvious to mention but if you do not want to get frustrated, you should get yourself a stable and high-speed Internet connection.2. Fake Websites: You need to be very careful with those fake websites that are very well made and promising moon and sun. The tip is to apply through a website that mainly provides information on reputable institutions.3. Universities with Good Reputation: Since you are going to study hard, you must make sure that the university that you are getting an online degree from is well recognized and accredited or you would end up wasting time, energy and money.4. Cost for Online Education Degree Programs:In some cases, you may find some hidden costs for some educational materials or other fees that may not be mentioned in the information you would obtain. Double check and make sure you know exactly how much it will cost you to complete the degree.5. Online Credits:It’s important to find out whether all the credits you accumulate through the program are transferable.Earning university degrees online has been becoming more popular than ever been as it not only gives great flexibility to those who would not have time for on-campus degrees otherwise but also it tends to provide a better employment opportunities in many cases. This is definitely a good option for you to take as long as you are careful with those points mentioned above.
Are you the parent of a child with Autism, or another disability who receives special education services? Do you become overwhelmed during the IEP process, and would like to learn a few tips to help you? Are you tired of the lies and deceptions being told to you by special educators? Then this is the article for you—4 proactive advocacy tips (dragon slaying tips) to empower you in IEP meetings and afterward!1. Try and see if you can have a friend or relative attend the meeting with you (bring someone who knows how to write fast and take good notes). This is for a couple of reasons: a. the person can take in-depth notes about what is being said and who is saying it, and b. the person can be a witness in the future, if a dispute develops between yourself and special education professionals.2. Tape record the meeting so that you can listen to the tape after the meeting, and fill in your notes (in case you missed something). Also, CD’s of IEP meetings may be used in due process hearings (if allowed by your state).3. Bring a written list of issues that need to be discussed (do not forget to add items from an independent educational evaluation (IEE). By the issue write yes or no and leave a little bit of space. This way you can document if the school agrees to provide the service or not, and jot down specific things that they say during the meeting (don’t forget to add who said it).4. Write an IEP summary letter after the meeting (do not forget to date the letter and sign it also), documenting what happened during the meeting. You should include discussions not in the notes, special education professional’s attitudes, and specific comments made by staff (to include their names). I have begun doing this recently in my advocacy and find it very helpful because I can include things not in the IEP document that should be—-but now the letter is in the child’s educational record!Recently at the end of a meeting one of the school staff said something that would help the parents in their quest for their son to receive scientifically research based reading instruction. I immediately grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down what was said and who said it (the mother gave me funny looks because she did not know what was said or that I was writing it down). In the IEP summary letter I put this information and I believe that it was helpful in my advocacy! When the school answered the letter, they never mentioned what was said, or denied that the educator said it, so I was home free! Always document when special education professionals say something that can support your advocacy!Good luck—remember your child is depending on you!