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What is an Online Degree

What is an Online Degree


In this article we’ll look at how online degrees work, what you should look for if you are pursuing a degree via the online option, and what employers think of online degrees.

As more and more people get online degrees and use them in the workforce, HR managers and hiring managers will begin to feel more secure about the quality of education these people have. If the studies that were done by Thomas L. Russell and John Losak — showing the quality of online education to be as good as or better than that of traditional education — hold up on a larger scale, then the future of getting jobs and advancements based on online degrees will be bright.

Until then, choose schools carefully, and check for accreditation and strong programs. When you’ve completed the degree, go to job interviews armed with information to counter any questions about the quality or validity of your degree. Make sure the interviewer knows how you achieved the degree, how you worked it into a busy schedule, how you overcame any obstacles. It will show a self-motivation and discipline that may be just the qualities the company is looking for.

With a computer, an Internet connection and a little self-discipline, you can earn a degree from home, work, or anywhere else for that matter. Online degree programs follow much the same routines as traditional learning, with a few twists. There are lectures, but they won’t be in person. There are assignments, but you won’t hand them to your instructor. There are exams, but you won’t be able to look at your neighbor’s paper. There may be a set time that “class” begins, but you don’t have to be there then. In most situations, you are free to “go to class” when it fits your schedule. If you get a phone call during class, you don’t have to miss anything. If you get sick, you don’t have to ask for someone’s notes, you just visit the lecture later.

You’ll communicate with your instructor by e-mail, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and instant messaging. Your classroom will live in a special software program that uses text chat and bulletin boards, as well as streaming audio or recorded lectures. You may be put into a virtual workgroup with other students and be required to solve a problem. You may have to work through interactive puzzles and quizzes. Contrary to popular belief, you will have contact with other students and the instructor.

How are students evaluated?

Earning a degree should mean just that — earning it. If students aren’t assessed properly and degrees are handed out with little or no verification that any knowledge has been transferred from the instructor to the student, then how can the program be rated? Students, particularly adult students, learn more by doing than by simply listening. For this reason, it is important to ensure that part of the program involves applying what has been learned.

Source: HowStuffWorks

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Unisa Stike Ends as the Parties find Common Grounds

Unisa Stike Ends as the Parties find Common Grounds

 

The University of South Africa (Unisa) and its student representative council (SRC) reached an agreement on Saturday that will see the student strike called off with immediate effect and operations at the university resuming by Monday, the university said.

 

“The agreement came as a result of the breakthrough made by the parties during negotiations within the university; as well as constructive engagement by the parties with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET; focusing on the registration challenges at Unisa, which included accreditation, enrolment planning, provision of laptops and other matters,” Unisa said in a statement.

 

Additional 25,000 spaces for students who had applied

 

“As Unisa, we welcome this agreement and we are pleased that the operations of the university will return to normal; and that thousands of our people who aspire to acquire an education and better their lives; will be afforded the opportunity access Unisa – a university that plays a leading role in the higher education sector in the country and on the continent. This breakthrough also demonstrates how crucial dialogue is in efforts to find solutions. Notwithstanding this agreement, we still urge students to register online unless it is absolutely necessary to visit a Unisa Service Centre,” said Unisa principal and vice chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya.

 

The high court in Pretoria on Friday granted the university an interdict against students who had been protesting since Monday.

In terms of the agreement reached on Saturday, Unisa said it had agreed to consider an additional 25,000 spaces for students who had applied for the first semester of 2019 and who qualified.

In response to a demand by students that the NSFAS accord all benefits to Unisa beneficiaries, the university said that plans were in place to engage with NSFAS on the matter.

 

Source: Timeslive

 

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Unisa obtained a Court Interdict Against Striking Students

Unisa obtained a Court Interdict Against Striking Students

 

The University of South Africa (Unisa) approached the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa to seek an interdict against the students who have been on strike since Monday, 07 January 2019.

 

The matter was heard by the court on Friday, 11 January 2019, and the interdict has been granted to the university.

The university decided to approach the court to obtain this interdict in order to ensure that it brings to an end the disruptive effect of the student strike to its operations, including denying staff and students access to the premises of the university for purpose of work and/or receiving services on registration and related matters.

The full court interdict is attached here for your ease of reference.

 

Here is a Unisa notice on Twitter:

Notice: Unisa obtains court interdict against striking students. Read more > Please note that the Sunnyside Campus will be open for registration tomorrow (Saturday 12 January 2019) from 08:00-11:30.

 

Source: Unisa

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How To Pass UNISA Supplementary Examinations

How To Pass UNISA Supplementary Examinations

 

Here are a few helpful tips from students studying with us and from around the web!

 

1. Study everything; do not stick to past papers

This provides you with valuable knowledge of the course and you wouldn’t get thrown off with a new style of question during the exams. Set out a realistic timetable for your study. Write down your exam dates, and then organize your study time accordingly. Allocate more time to courses you find more difficult. Cramming your text doesn’t help.

 

2. Use mind maps as a method of making notes

A Mind Map is visual map of your ideas, laid out according to importance and centered on a central thought. Take the central subject and then organize your notes around this point.

3. Self-attempt exam papers

Attempt exam papers by yourself first and then meet together in your study group to discuss your answers. Study groups work well only if you are prepared to put in the effort.

4. Create an exam atmosphere

Write answers as if you were literally in the exam room – time yourself using standard exam times. Be sure to complete the past paper under exam conditions as this will give you a perfect idea of how ready you are for the exam.

5. For Multiple choice exams

Use the process of elimination to arrive at the correct answer. Try to anticipate the correct response before you are distracted by seeing the options that your instructor has provided. If you see the response that you anticipated, circle it and then check to be sure that none of the other responses is better. Eliminate the options you know for sure are wrong and select the best option that answers the question.

 

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Plan Your UNISA Studies: 7 Tips to Consider

 Plan Your UNISA Studies: 7 Tips to Consider

Cathren has been kind enough to explain to us how she plans her studies and keeps track of all the modules she still needs to pass to complete her qualification.

  1. When planning your studies always consult your curriculum it tells you how many modules you need to do to pass that year
  2. Compile a spreadsheet with the modules you passed and what year they fall under.
    1. (See the Example Spreadsheet for more information)
  3. Before choosing your modules, calculate how many modules you need to pass to complete an academic year. For example: the BADMIN degree has 32 modules; the first year is 12 modules, second year 10 and third year 10.
  1. Look at your compulsory modules and do those first – they normally form the prerequisites for the second year and sometimes third depending on your degree.
  2. Each degree normally has two majors. The first is determined by the degree. In the case of BADMIN degree; it is Public Admin and you choose the second major.
  3. As long as you meet the prerequisites you can register the modules of your choice from the second year.
  4. Lastly, register for the amount of modules you are comfortable and can cope with. The speed at which you complete your degree is up to you.

Watch the video below about planning UNISA studies

Once you have a plan it is time to begin studying. Here are some amazing study tips provided by a professional UNISA student to get you started.

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