Once you've made the decision to get more education online, the next step is figuring out where exactly that'll take place. There are thousands of schools offering online courses, but not all of them are legitimate. Apart from the obvious choices, like brand name schools offering online options, how do you make the best choice possible? We're here to sift through all the shady schools and give you the most current guide on where to look.
You're already here, so you know it's an excellent place to look for online courses that'll help you get the certificate, diploma or degree that you need to get ahead in life. But it's not shameless self-promotion we're after; we really do believe www.yourdegree.com should be the beginning point of your scholastic search. Take a look at our colleges, see what the programs offer, and then get yourself one step closer to crossing that digital podium.
The Colleges in Your State
Start in your own backyard to give you an idea of where else to look for accredited courses and MOOCs. For example, if you live in New York, there are dozens of accredited colleges, with a fair share of them offering online courses. And looking at the big name schools first will definitely give you a leg up. The last thing you want to do is invest hundreds of hours and dollars into a course that won't actually get you anywhere, but rather schools that are legitimate. Because online courses are changing the education landscape so rapidly, it may be difficult to ascertain what's valid and what isn't, but recognizable names like Columbia or SUNY won't steer you down the wrong path.
This program, co-started by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, is one of the largest databases available for students looking to take online courses. Both schools contributed $30 million each to get it started, and now have 47 schools and 2.1 million students under its umbrella. And because it's grown so large, students aren't stuck taking classes only in English, but have the option of Mandarin, French, Hindi and Spanish, too.
This is another one of the really big "schools" for MOOCs and online courses, as they offer more than 400 courses that students can complete online. Like edX, they're not relegated to just one school, but rather a collection of schools, so you definitely have say over where your certificate is coming from. Their courses are free but to complete each one, you have to take a proctored exam, which costs between $60 to $90. Although the idea of paying for online courses isn't terribly appealing, it's a way to legitimately prove to employers that you took the course and completed it successfully.
Based in Germany and offering classes both in German and English, iversity is a new player to the game of online education. Although they claim "not to replace the university but to empower academics", iversity does offer a selection of courses that seem to be of the same quality as other colleges and universities. Their selection isn't terribly big right now, but that's mainly because they've only been around since October 2013.
If you're looking for online courses, the most important thing to consider is accreditation. After that, you're free to travel the world from the comfort of your own living room. These are just a few of the many options available to you, and if there are that you think should have made the list, let us know in the comments.