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Glossary
Created: 21 Feb 2009
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Glossary

Accessibility
A characteristic of technology that enables people with disabilities to use it. Accessible websites can be navigated by people with visual, hearing, motor, or cognitive impairments. Accessible design also benefits people with older or slower software and hardware. See also Section 508.

ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning)
Initiative by the U.S. Department of Defense to achieve interoperability across computer and Internet-based learning courseware through the development of a common technical framework, which contains content in the form of reusable learning objects.

AoD (Audio on Demand)
See CoD.

Assessment
The process used to systematically evaluate a learner's skill or knowledge level.

Assessment Item
A question or measurable activity used to determine whether the learner has mastered a learning objective.

Associate's Degree
Awarded to a student upon the successful completion of a two-year program of study. Usually, it requires that the student pass courses totaling 60 credit hours, with a minimum number of courses being in a particular field. In most cases it takes a student two years of full-time enrollment to complete an Associate's degree.

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eLearning Basics
Created: 21 Feb 2009
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E-Learning Basics

The main difference between traditional higher education and distance learning is that instructor and students are not in the same classroom. It offers the same opportunity to take courses for self-improvement, certification, or to earn a degree, but does not necessitate a face-to-face communication.

Online distance education is a modern term, which formed and developed with the growth of the Internet. Distance learning, however, as an educational methodology is not new. Its roots lay in the correspondence courses of the late 1800s in the United States. In Europe, Africa, and Asia, distance learning has existed even longer. Some of the earliest correspondence programs were offered from land-grant institutions in their efforts to reach an agricultural population that couldn't afford to leave their work behind to attend college. They used postal services to send course materials to students in rural communities. Students were in turn expected to complete and return assignments through the mail. This concept of correspondence courses is still present today but distance learning has obtained a much deeper meaning with the advance of technology.

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eLearning FAQ
Created: 21 Feb 2009
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eLearning FAQ

What is distance education or distance learning?
Distance Education (DE), also known as Distance Learning (DL), implies learning from a distance, usually from home or from an off-campus site. It allows you to earn college credits, or entire degrees, without leaving home.

Can I earn a Degree Online?
The level of degree or certificate that you can earn through online distance learning depends on the school and particular field in which you are interested. There are programs available for degrees at the Associate, Baccalaureate, Master, and Doctorate levels, as well as professional certificate programs and Continuing Education Units.

What technology do I need for online distance learning?
As the name suggests, the most important thing is to be online. You should have a computer, accessing the Internet and its various resources via some type of connection (dialup, T1, ADSL, etc.). Schools have different technological requirements for the online courses they offer. You will have to ask your school about them, but it would hardly require any special equipment or IT knowledge that you do not already use in your everyday computer work. You will most likely also need a printer for your own convenience, a sound card and speakers for lectures delivered as real-time video over the Internet, a word processor, a web browser, an e-mail program, and instant messenger.

Are your online degrees accredited?
We only list programs that hold proper accreditation and licensing.

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Financial Aid
Financial AID US
Created: 21 Feb 2009
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Financial Aid US

With this variety of courses, programs and schools that offer online distance learning it is hard to give even a close estimate of the direct costs for taking online courses. They differ from school to school and you should not be surprised if some do not cost less than traditional courses. Typically you will be charged for tuition, some fees, course materials, and any equipment or supplies you are going to need in the course of your education.

Like with traditional higher education, in distance learning there is such thing as financial aid to help you cover these expenses. Again every school is different. You will have to contact the ones you are interested in to see what their specific financial aid policies and requirements are for students taking online courses. Additionally, the types and sources of financial aid can vary from school to school, but most financial aid programs fall into two categories:

  • Grants and scholarships.
    These are types of financial aid that you do not have to repay under normal circumstances. If you withdraw from a course or fail to maintain eligibility by successfully meeting certain criteria, you may be required to repay part or all of a grant or scholarship, depending on the particular rules applied to the award. Some grants and scholarships are based on financial need, while others are academic-based or awarded based on your personal skills and academic performance.
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Accreditation
Accreditation
Created: 21 Feb 2009
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Accreditation

Accreditation is formal recognition that an entire school or one of its programs of study meets certain standards and provides quality education. It is also some kind of guarantee for that quality. You should ask about the accreditation board of the online university you are interested in. If a school is unable to answer your questions about accreditation, this is probably a sign to seek your online education elsewhere. You are entitled to this information. Moreover, in our highly competitive job market a degree from an accredited institution can make all the difference. So, do not let price be your only guide when you make your choice of school.

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University Reviews
ESEI
Created: 15 Nov 2009
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eseiBESEI, founded in 1989, is an international business school that provides to international students the greatest opportunity to understand the global world by practicing and developing their skills and knowledge in high quality and multicultural classes with a constant interaction between students and teachers. International students understand, by a real living experience in a multicultural environment, that they are nurtured and trained to become ethical individuals in a business environment. 1

All classes are in English and consist of no more than 30 students from 10 nationalities, which give the opportunity every student to get individual attention. There are many class projects on which students work together and develop leadership skills.

ESEIs educational system is focus on five of the most demanded programs. These programs help students develop their full potential and train them for head positions for leading and controlling different types of business organizations. Within the three years of the Bachelor degree ESEI is offering programs in management, marketing, finance, economics and law. In the first two years, students focus on general business studies and in the third year they have the opportunity to choose between BA in International Business (Finance) and BA in International Business (Marketing).

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Sofia University St. Kl. Ohridski
Created: 29 Oct 2009
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Despite the many differences, Bulgarian educational system still has a lot in common with the systems  of the Central European countries. For example, students achieve a Bachelor degree in four years, the minimum preparation period for achieving a Master degree is five years depending on the program and university, PhD is the highest degree being achieved in 3 years after completing a master degree program, universities offer undergraduate programs.

 

The Sofia University St. Kl. Ohridski is the oldest higher education  institution in Bulgaria which for more than a century has built a reputation of the most prestigious university in Bulgaria. Although the idea of founding a higher education institution was born in the Late Bulgarian Renaissance, the Sofia University St. Kl. Ohridski opened doors only in 1888. Its magnificent building was build with the financial support of the brothers Evlogy and Hristo Georgievi.

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California Institute of Technology
Created: 11 Oct 2009
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caltechThe main call of the California Institute of Technology is to provide high-class education to its graduates and high-qualified professionals to the society. Integrating tutoring with various research programs the Caltech works on fundamental problems in science and technology. The collaborative environment of the California Institute of Technology brings forth specialists with leading skills in many disciplines. Seven (7) departments are providing various full – time programs in disciplines claimed to be preferred by the students with a serious interest in science and engineering.

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