Rafi Amin

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What do you think about distance learning/online education ?

I recently completed my bachelors degree & I,m planning to do master degree program. but unfortunately here in Afghanistan universities does not have Master's degree program (due to 3 decades of war, everything including education system weakened & till now universities are not allowed to offer Master's degree program).

I do not have the means & can not afford to go abroad & attend traditional classrooms sessions but only distance learning and online

Your insight on the question here will help me in taking a right decision.

Thank you.

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    Jun 24 2012: The Open University has over 50 years of providing high quality higher education via distance learning - today it's all done over the web so you'd need a computer with internet access (but I guess you have as you're using TED).

    This is the link to their post graduage programme.

    http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.htm

    Good luck
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      Jun 24 2012: Thank you Heather. Someone else also referred this university to me. Thank you very much.
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    Jun 24 2012: Now a days , these are very good options.......though learning is not related any real classroom, university or virtual online one......but in our today's setting those certification is necessary to be in job market....if that's your goal ....then I would say those are very good options....just need to be careful while choosing one.....as lot of craps around.
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      Jun 24 2012: Thank you Salim.
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        Jun 28 2012: You are welcome my friend........
        Some of those online certification programs are pretty expensive as well....... spending same amount you might get good courses in low cost countries as well may be the barnd value of the course is not that high.......though we already moved in to virtual age....in job market still the degree acquired in real class room setting seems still having higher value to the recruiters.......

        I am saying it assuming (don't want to do such thogh) that you possibly looking for a degree which has got high demand in job market.......if I am wrong....please be candid.
        Have a good day
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    R H

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    Jun 23 2012: In my opinion, online and distance learning is very valuable and doable. I have taken a number of courses for my bachelor's, and nearly half of the classes for a Master's program I recently withdrew from were online. Many universities even have free classes that are open to all. I can only imagine the difficulty you must be facing, but would encourage you to contact various universities and do some online research regarding distant learning. More and more advanced learning institutions are involved in distant learning - especially in the West. They are very interested in your enrollment, so don't give up.
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      Jun 24 2012: Thank you RH for sharing your personal experience.
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    Jun 24 2012: It all depends on how 'hungry' you are for further studies. If I were you and distance learning was the only way I could achieve my post graduate qualification - I would go for it. Keep your goal in front of you and everything else will fall in place.
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    Jun 23 2012: There are great online programs and very poor ones. You cannot distinguish which are which by their price.

    Gererally speaking, I would go with a solid university with accreditation.

    You should check carefully which programs provide financial aid in the form of grants.

    What is your field? In some fields I would expect an online degree to be quite well accepted when you graduate and seek employment. In other cases, such as where mentoring/studio work/laboratory work are key parts of a traditional program, an online degree may not get you close enough to your goals to warrant the expense to you.
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      Jun 24 2012: Hi Fritzie, Thanks for the information.