Ten years ago, the question you had to ask yourself before
earning a college degree was if you want to earn your degree in person or online.
Today, we take that question one step further: How will you earn your degree online?
With rapid advancements in technology, you can earn an
online degree in the traditional sense or pursue the innovative learning model of
competency-based education like Personalized Learning.
So, which online degree is right for you to earn? That’s the
question we hope to help you answer.
What Is An Online
An online degree is a college degree you can earn in the comfort of your home. Instead of commuting to a campus classroom, you
sign in to an online platform where you attend class as well as receive course
materials and assignments. Conferences with your instructor and connecting with
your class peers also happens online.
When you graduate from an accredited institution, the
diploma you receive won’t say that you earned your degree online. That’s
because accredited universities hold the same rigorous standards for all
offered degree programs, traditional degrees and online degrees alike.
Is An Online Degree
Right For You?
Should you earn your degree online? Consider earning an
online degree if you agree with all of these statements:
- You are unable to attend class in person due to your
professional or family commitments.
- You prefer adhering to a class syllabus and set assignment
- You are comfortable with learning online, from navigating
online learning platforms to communicating with your instructor and peers.
What Is A
Competency-based Education Degree?
An online competency-based education degree, such as NAU’s
Personalized Learning, is a new and innovative way to earn your
college degree online.
This self-paced, competency-based approach reimagines the
college experience by allowing you to focus on developing key skills and
knowledge areas called competencies. You complete coursework by demonstrating
your understanding of each competency—so you can move faster in areas where you
bring prior knowledge, and slower in areas that are more challenging.
While online degrees follow a traditional college class
format with fixed deadlines and set schedules, competency-based education
degrees allow you to set the pace. You choose the order of your classes and
when to start. You choose how much time you dedicate each week to your lessons,
assignments and tests.
You also have access to a faculty mentor who is ready to help you earn your degree online.
Is A Competency-based
Education Degree Right For You?
Do all of these statements sound like you? If so, an online
competency-based education degree can be a great fit for your goals:
- You are self-motivated and can dedicate a substantial amount
of hours each week towards earning your online degree.
- You excel at and enjoy learning in an online, self-paced
- You want to earn a degree with rigorous standards at your
own pace when it fits your schedule.
Still not sure how to earn your degree online? Let us help