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In today’s busy world, a new way of obtaining one’s college degree is available: online classes. The question now being asked by many is a question of how legitimate is a degree earned online versus a degree earned by physically attending classes. This writer, and also online class attendee, believes that an online degree is just as legitimate, if not more legitimate, than a degree earned by attending classes physically. To be a successful online student one must possess the technological ability, the discipline to set aside time for homework and study time, and the drive to be successful.

Online degrees are demanding, not only do most online students attend full time, these same students are more likely to be working a full time job and raising a family. The amount of time that a student needs to be able to set aside per online class can vary. Most times, an instructor will advise his or her class to plan on at least 8 hours of time to study and complete the assigned homework. In a full week, there are 168 hours. If a student is working a full time job, they are already busy for 40 hours minimum during that time, leaving only 128 hours. Add on a family to that schedule and one must add at least another 40-60 hours, dropping one’s available time to 88-68 hours. Each class a student takes requires at least 8 hours of time. If a student is attending full time, they are taking a minimum of 3 classes that amounts to 24 hours. This student now has 64-44 hours left to sleep and fit in any other activities they may want or need to participate in. Students are not the only part of this equation. Online classes are felt by the instructors to be more demanding also. A driving faculty concern is the pervasive beliefs that teaching or developing an online course requires more time and effort than for a comparable face-to-face offering. (Seaman, 2009, p. 9)…...

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