Online Education: Cost, Contras and Opportunities

Open education involves thousands training courses on various topics, including language acquisition and improvement of computer skills. Internet offers schools allowing training on full college program, but do not providing educational loan.


Cost of online training is 3-5 times lower than that of traditional one. If at some point you realize studying at this course should be better postponed for a while, you can use money back program. Different courses mean different conditions. Some courses do not provide such procedure, while others return a large portion of paid amount (retaining, say, 25% for administrative costs), provided that you have asked about it not later than four days after classes began, or did not download educational materials. When choosing virtual program and specific course, one should carefully examine conditions for its payment and possibility of paid funds return.


In 1999, an article entitled “Who is killing higher education?” (Talbott, “Who’s Killing Higher Education?” EduCom Review) was published. The author argues “new information technologies predict the end of higher education in its existing form”. Quality of education largely depends on teacher’s personality, who plays a very important role (in addition to ensuring formal training process) in shaping students’ outlook and character.

The article describes grim prospect of a new generation consciousness general “mechanization”, which will inevitably lead to loss of human values and spiritual society impoverishment.
Undoubtedly, new information technologies significantly change forms of interaction between students and teachers, also impacting learning content. In this case, we still observe not destruction of good old education traditions, but rather birth of a new paradigm and new quality of higher education.

Summing up, we should note the spread of virtual forms of education represents a natural stage in education system evolution: from classical university to virtual, i.e., from board with chalk to computer training programs, from usual library to electronic, from small study groups to virtual classroom of any scale, etc. Current education processes are not antagonistic, and therefore virtual and traditional forms of learning should not be seen as mutually exclusive. Today good education means synthesis of various forms of obtaining knowledge and modern technology, optimal combination only a student can determine.

A question about the degree a student receives upon graduation is very important. It depends on training center or program course. In some cases, you become an owner of a private educational center course certificate, in others – you obtain a so-called education credit recognized by colleges and universities with traditional form of training.

Not every teacher is good for teaching virtual courses, so not every student is able to extract use from them. The degree of one’s readiness for this form of employment can be estimated via proposed web questionnaires.

Legitimate Home Based Business Opportunity – Don’t Fall For The Hype

More and more people are working from home today, a trend that is only going to become more popular in the future. Already, there are more than 52 million home-based workers, and that’s just in North America alone. According to the United States Department of Labor, as many as two-thirds of all Americans could be working from home by the year 2025. While many of these folks will be stay-at-home workers employed by companies, the vast majority of these people will have started their “own” stay-at-home business. If you are looking for a home based business, a simple Google search will display literally thousands of opportunities. Take it from me, the Internet is chocked full of get rich quick home based businesses. Do not; I repeat -DO NOT – sign up for any Internet business that claims you will be making $5,000-10,000 a month within the first couple of months. It’s just not true, as much as you may want to believe it. You are looking for a legitimate home based business; you need to understand that NONE of these companies making outrageous claims are legitimate.If you are looking for a legitimate home based business opportunity, learn the lessons from hundreds of thousands of other people who have been lured into these get rich schemes. These people have paid thousands upon thousands of dollars, only to be frustrated, disappointed and poorer for their efforts. Fortunately, you can learn from their mistakes without investing another dollar. In the beginning, like many others, I fell for several of these companies’ promises of making big bucks quickly. To be candid with you, I am embarrassed to admit that I, too, poured thousands of dollars into these companies that promoted themselves as being a legitimate business, just to eke out a couple hundred dollars a month. The one thing I did get out of all my efforts was an education in what “not to do,” and I want to pass along a few tips for you to follow in your quest.• Before investing in any online business, do your due-diligence. At a minimum, check with the BBB.• Speak to other people who are already with the company. If the company will not give you names of other people, don’t do business with them.• Don’t believe the testimonials you read. Most of them are made up, and these people don’t even exist.In summary, don’t fall for these “get-rich-quick” schemes. Due your due-diligence until you find the truly legitimate home based business opportunity you’re looking for.

Plan To Succeed With Information Product Creation: Why You Need To Split Your Process Up

One of the keys to succeeding in information product creation is to break the process up into discrete steps. This frequently isn’t an instinctive reaction for the typical information marketer. Especially on the internet where small sized learning products are the norm.

However, it is extremely important to your ultimate success. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you don’t do this you probably won’t succeed… even when you are starting out let alone as you move forward.

Your product creation system should do this for you if only to help you to understand the overall task.

But why?

In this article, I’m going to ignore chunking and focus on the practical aspects. That’s not to say that chunking isn’t important. It is. It’s important to understanding and to learning the process. But while you can use the same chunks as you move forward, long term your focus needs to be on the operation of the system not the understanding of it. Unless of course you are constantly training new people!

So why is chunking important to long term use of the product creation process? (Yes, I know systems design uses a different term for this process but I’m not teaching you systems design. So I’m going to use the word learning content designers use.)

The first reason that having individual discrete tasks is important is one of schedule estimation. Frequently it is very difficult to estimate how long the total task of creating a product will take. After all, the size and type of the products matters as does the number of products in your product funnel. And those are just the most obvious elements. However, estimating a discrete task is often much easier. The total can then be estimated as the total of the discrete tasks.

Secondly, scheduling a large task can be problematic. However, by segmenting the task into a number of discrete tasks, you gain a much greater flexibility in scheduling. Not only that but as your business begins to add people you are able to schedule multiple people to the product creation.

Finally, segmenting a large task into smaller discrete tasks allows you to have much better control over the product creation. This affects two different areas — status and quality.

By segmenting your process into discrete tasks you are able to schedule and record the progress at much more detailed level. As a result you are more in control of the status of the product creation. You know what everyone is doing. When they should complete it. And how much it should cost. You also know exactly what has been done.

You also improve your overall quality. Instead of waiting until everything is done you can check quality as you go. This allows you to immediate react to low quality products without absorbing their costs. This means that you have less rework and your rework costs less. And if the product is not going to meet its quality requirement you will know about it in time to stop the development, change the requirement or fix the product.