Mind Map Description
Interactive Mind Map of Online Degrees based on OnlineDegrees.com website. Source:
The term online degrees refers to college degrees (sometimes including high
school diplomas and non-degree certificate programs) that can be earned
primarily or entirely through the use of an Internet-connected computer, rather
than attending college in a traditional campus setting. Improvements in
technology and the increasing use of the Internet worldwide have led to a
proliferation of online colleges that award associateís, bachelorís, masterís
and doctoral degrees.
The goal of educational accreditation, according to the U.S. Department of Education, is to ensure that programs provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. In the area of online education, it is important to avoid diploma mills that offer fake degrees at a cost. Students seeking valid online degrees should obtain proof of accreditation from a regional or national/specialized accrediting body in the United States. Online colleges that are fully accredited have earned a widely recognized form of university accreditation from one of six regional accreditation boards.
Distance education, or distance learning, is a field of education that focuses on the pedagogy, technology, and instructional system designs that aim to deliver education to students who are not physically "on site" in a traditional classroom or campus. It has been described as "a process to create and provide access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both."