[quote=“Mother Theresa”][quote=“xtrain_01”]I’ll second the warning.
you won’t get a full time position with an online graduate degree. the MOE doesn’t accept them.[/quote]
I’m glad to hear that. :bravo:
I receive spam every day from the so-called University of Phoenix and DeVrie University. I don’t have much faith in the idea of online education. Even if some such institutions strive to be reputable, really do impose obligations on the students other than paying a fee, and there were some way of confirming that the student really did the work and not someone else, if people start accepting such diplomas as legitimate it seems a slippery slope between them and every spam-generating sham diploma-mill. Not that all class-room diplomas reflect much real instruction, study and testing either, but there’s a far greater likelihood the diploma is phony if it was purchased online.[/quote]
MT, while we’re all aware of the ‘buy a degree’ phenomenon I think it’s a bit unfair of you to dismiss the whole idea of distance learning.
The Open University in the UK has been offering degree courses for decades that are accepted as being every bit as good as qualifications from places that require your attendance. While the MoE doesn’t recognise such qualifications, a great many employers see a distance degree as evidence of an employee’s hard work and commitment. After all, holding down a full-time job and earning a genuine degree at the same time is not easy.
Many UK universities now offer distance degrees, and TESOL is one of the most popular. (It takes a few years though.) In fact, almost all recognised qualifications in the UK can be earned through self-study, from high school onwards. The development of the internet as a tool for the dissemination of information has made it a lot easier for motivated individuals world-wide to study ‘at’ the institution of their choice at a schedule that suits them. Eventually the MoE will have to face the fact that distance learning is valid if conducted by real educational organisations.
Does the Taiwan immigration service refuse to accept passports as evidence of your identity, on the grounds that some countries will sell them to just about anybody? Most of the real degrees being waved around today are pretty worthless anyway. Discriminating against one earned online is rather silly.