It's amazing what technology has done for us in such a short time. Long-distance telephone calls are a thing of the past with Skype and T-Mobile prepaid phones. Letters are becoming obsolete with email and text messaging. But one of the most remarkable technological advancements is online classes delivered by colleges and universities.
Time and distance have always been two of the biggest barriers to a good college education. Many students in the past had to go to a college they could easily get to. This also meant that many adult students never attended college at all, because of both the distance and the time constraints. While they might have been able to fit in the studying necessary, they couldn't fit the classes into their schedule.
Online classes change all of that. You can now further your education or take classes for college online, whenever and wherever you want. You can get the class information at any time that's convenient to you and do the assignments and turn them in, completely online, so you don't have to travel to campus.
You may be wondering if you are limited to a few online classes or if you can get an entire degree online. The answer is, it depends. In part, it depends on the school. Some colleges and universities offer entire degrees online and some only offer a certain number of online classes. If the school you choose does not offer online degrees, you will have to take some classes in person.
The other determining factor about online degrees is the degree type. For some fields, you may have to do a "residency," which is a certain amount of time on campus studying. For these degree programs, you probably will find that every school has similar requirements about residencies, but you can do the majority of the work through online classes. The important thing to remember about online classes is that they are actual college classes, and they do require study and work. You may not be attending an actual classroom, but you'll be doing college-level work.
If you have trouble following through and doing the things that are on your to-do list, you may not be quite suited for online classes. Or you may have to change the way you work in order to make online classes work for you. Also, if you work better in a group with social interaction, online classes may not be quite right for you, as they are very isolative and you'll not have the group interaction of the face-to-face class. But if you work well on your own, have a decent grasp of your time and can manage it fairly well, and want to take online classes, they could be great. If you cannot take classes in person or have strong reasons for not wanting to, then online classes are probably for you.
Talk to the school you're considering about their online classes offerings, and work out a schedule of online classes (and offline, if necessary or desired) that works for your needs.