Is Virtual Degree Worthful?
“Is learning online easier than on-campus learning?”, “Is a virtual degree more affordable?”, “Is an online degree taken seriously by employers?”, “Can an online degree get you a good job?” These are some of the most common and prominent questions for an online degree aspirant including me. The worth of online education has been always debatable. Despite the added flexibility, ease of access, and improved collaboration, many believe that these e-courses are less valuable or inferior to on-campus courses. Such myths often result in comparison in terms of cost, time, and effort made by students to complete the degree in either way. Virtual learning has become a crucial aspect of the educational system by now. It is gaining momentum day by day. Recently, I was searching for a good university for an MBA online degree program in Marketing Management. One of a friend suggested me to explore Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) situated in Amritsar, India. The institute is more than 50 years old and is approved by UGC (University Grant Commission). It offers a variety of online degree programs for graduation and post-graduation as well. The duration and fees of the courses seemed nominal. I was really impressed by the prospectus of this institute and decided to enroll in the course. However, let’s try to find out the answers to the above questions depending on my research. Is learning online easier than on-campus learning? Probably, online learning is not easier than on-campus learning. However, online courses are more convenient to access. Online education even offers the latest programs that were not approached in the past. The aspirants of a college degree are equally interested in on-campus or online programs. It’s just a matter of student’s circumstances. GNDU offers flexibility and convenience as add-on perks of online learning, but it still needs the commitment of time, regular review of the course material, participation of the students in the class activities, and completing the assignments and exams. GNDU recommends planning for 5-6 hours of study time per week for an online post-graduate program, depending on the credit system of the particular course. The university provides comprehensive study material and self-assessment exams for uninterrupted learning. Is a virtual degree more affordable? One of the hardest decisions for choosing the right online course is the total cost of the program. The cost of an online degree program varies according to the course type, field, and level. The students can calculate and compare in advance accordingly. Online education also provides the benefits of generating income simultaneously for managing financial constraints. GNDU offers nominal fees for the online degree programs as compared to various other universities. The university also gives an option of paying the fees in installments. This really helps and supports the students in planning their studies and finances prominently. Is an online degree taken seriously by employers? Many employers are more comfortable with on-campus degrees than online degrees. With the growth in virtual learning, the biasing of employers is reduced over the years. Today, even the top universities are offering online degree programs. Also, most employers now concentrate on the quality of the degree rather than the mode of education. Choosing the right institution that is legitimate and accredited can enhance the quality of the degree. GNDU is a premier university accredited at the highest level i.e. A++ as per the modified criteria of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NACC) with a score of 3.51 on a 4.00 scale. Can an online degree get you a good job? It is incorrect to say that every online degree will be accepted by every employer, but it can’t be guaranteed for on-campus degrees as well. The anticipated growth and acceptance for online degree programs have increased the opportunities for the students. The working professionals have the advantage of upgrading their skills with their jobs simultaneously. If you are also thinking about pursuing an online degree, just like me, there is a lot to ponder. One can research the options available and break down the myths related to costs, acceptance, and requirements of virtual learning. More flexibility and convenience of online learning can help in making progress towards your professional goals.