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Online Degrees in Education

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Education is very extensive field and provides you several diverse opportunities. Degree holders or teachers can concentrate on early, middle or secondary students. They can also work in administrative positions. Professionals can also specialize in designing teaching material, adult education or they can also get training as an administrative specialist such as principal or vice principal.

Goals of Earning Online Degrees in Education

Teaching is considered as very easy going profession. But if you really want to become a good teacher you must have multiple skill and expertise like ability of handling students, strong communication skills and talent to convince, motivate and train. After earning any online degree in education from top accredited online university or college you will be able to train students to resolve the problems. If you start your career as elementary teacher you will teach all subjects of basic level. But on secondary level you will teach subjects of your area of specialization. Higher level online degrees in education enable you for higher education positions such as community colleges, vocational schools and universities.

Online Degrees in Education

Several online degrees from associates to doctorate levels are available. Many top accredited online universities and top accredited online colleges offer online degrees in education. Following are the online degrees available.

o Associates Degree in Education
o Bachelors Degree in Education
o Masters Degree in Education
o Ph.D. Education Degree
o Degree in Early Childhood Education
o Master Degree in Education Administration

Online Associates in Education

Online Associates Degree in Education is ideal for working individual to make a career move. It is very beneficial because it is very focused and practical without vast time obligation of bachelor's degree. You will focus on a general education courses that include sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. After earning associates level degree your potential career paths incorporate teaching in a Head Start program, Elementary school Para professional and teacher assistant. Associates degree is considered as initial level online degree in education.

Online Bachelors Degree in Education

Online Bachelors Degree in Education provides you option to become certified K-6 Teacher. You will get thorough knowledge of K-6 elementary teacher certification, advanced educational studies, human recourse development, corporate training and higher education. You can select any specific subject of your interest. You will be able to help young students to develop skills and acquiring knowledge. After earning online bachelors you can work as elementary/high school teacher, counselor, course developer, researcher and college professor.

Online Masters Degree in Education

Online Masters in education enables you to join better paying administrative jobs. Masters degree gives you the chance to become certified professional after bachelor. MAT or MIT and M.Ed. are the common master degrees available in education. You can continue to work as teacher or choose to work as principal or assistant principal. This degree provides opportunity to professionals to earn degree with job. You can earn this online degree in education to advance your career. Following are some master's concentrations available

o Administration and supervision
o Adult education
o Distance learning
o Special education
o Curriculum and technology

Online Ph.D. Education Degree

Online Ph.D. degree is the highest level online degree in education. It is suitable for passionate professional wishes to gain higher grade job. It is basically for individuals already had teaching experience. After earning online masters degree you can teach as professor at university. You will also able to conduct research and apply what you learnt. You can specialize in elementary and secondary education, special education, adult education and higher education.

Online Degree in Early Childhood Education

Online degree in early childhood education is also an important online degree in education. After earning this degree you will be able to work with children below the typical school age between 3 and 5. Course work includes child psychology, parenting and early learning strategies.

Professional finds job in elementary or pre-schools. Early Childhood Education professionals effectively train young children during critical time in which formative learning, skill building and social growth takes place. Children who gain proper training at this stage of life can effectively find their way through the academic and social rigors that every student will have to face later in life. That's why schools, families and government spend considerable money on early childhood education.

Online Master in Education Administration

Online Master in Education Administration is a unique online degree in education. It is designed for education professionals who have keen interest in administration issues. Course work includes education finance, school law, duties of principal, community relation and supervision of personnel. Degree needs internship experiences in school administration at administrative and principal level. Plenty of jobs are available in educational administration. Educational administrators can work on variety of jobs ranging from day care administrator to college president or school principal. Administrators have good communication skills and able to prepare budgets, supervise student's progress, manage everyday operations, fund raise, designing policies and standards and command institute to maintain the state and national standards.

When Interactive Media Induces Future Shock

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It is not easy to stay abreast of all that is possible using interactive marketing. Indeed there is a delicate balance between using a 'state-of-the-art' or 'cutting-edge' technology and actually having the customer embrace it. Even if they do adopt the idea, there are no guarantees that a futuristic initiative will be profitable.

Consider some of the pioneers of mobile phone marketing. They were creating wonderful solutions as much as five years ago, but the timing was not right. They were ahead of their time, ahead of the trend wave. Whilst they may have had the industry rags talking and quoting, the customers themselves were not ready to adopt the concept and the ideas became (at that time) economically unviable.

However in 2006 the same mobile phone applications and capabilities are all the rage. Some analysts are actually predicting that customers are now waning in their interest in using multimedia mobile applications and the game is over [This is probably not true, as when Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM in 1943 said "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."]

Surfing a wave is a tricky business. It is all about timing. If you are ahead of the wave it may end up crashing down on top of you or wiping you out. If you are behind the wave you will have to paddle twice as hard as everyone else to get to the same place, and even then there is a chance you will lose momentum and not be able to capitalise on the opportunity. Of course, if you can look at all the signs and make an educated decision about when to join in on the foray, you can enjoy the ride all the way to the shore with relatively little effort.

This rather simplistic anecdote illustrates the principal of the market's threshold for adoption, or willingness to uptake on a concept that was previously unfamiliar to them.

In the last century the 'technological advancement waves' have become bigger, faster, and with fewer intervals in between each. Especially when we consider that around 100 years ago people used horses and carts to travel.

Future-shock' is a concept devised by Alvin Toffler and propagated by the great Richard Feynman. They described prophetically in the 1970's that a time would come when people would no longer have their broken products repaired, they would simply replace them (think toaster, hairdryer etc). Feynman also predicted that one day the rise in technological advancement would so far surpass the ability of the ordinary consumer to adopt and accept these technologies that they would become paralysed with anxiety. They would not want to buy anything, because they knew that it was already out-of-date the moment they took it out of the shop (think computers).

One day, he predicted, there will be a kind of 'future-shock' where the possibilities of the future overwhelm the people in the present.

Many executives have a great number of years experience, business acumen and a wealth of knowledge and yet are now also feeling this 'future shock'. Perhaps we have all felt the 'future-shock' to some extent. It could be that the only notable exceptions are the youngest generation that are seemingly born with a 'gaming console' in their hands, or the innovation-hungry futurists who make a living by spouting about future possibilities.

The implication of this 'Future Shock' in the real business world is that the executive boardroom is increasingly unable to make appropriate strategic decisions that may steer the organisation through such uncharted waters as IPTV, viral marketing, social networking, PPC, RSS, Blogs, Vlogs and Podcasts to name but a few.

On the one hand these leaders are desperate to maintain calm and gain a competitive edge, whilst on the other they are petrified as to how they can possibly assimilate all the new jargon and user skills that 'tech-savvy' consumers are now all too familiar with. The most astute executives are finding specialist advisors to head up their 'emerging media' or 'integrated marketing' campaigns. Even Rupert Murdoch, the grand newspaperman of NewsCorp, can thank his son who has led him and educated him in the possibilities of businesses such as MySpace.

Indeed, it is often ironically retired individuals or stay-at-home parents, no longer busy captaining a company or punching in their timecards, who are finding the time to actually use the newest breed of "web 2.0" applications.

Consider "Geriatric1927", a retired gentleman who shot to fame by creating a YouTube video channel of his own rambling monologues. His notoriety was splashed all over the press, and many web users simply 'had to get their fix' of the latest episode.

It is this sort of unpredictable grass-roots activity that has caught so many strategic or traditional thinkers off guard. There is no immediate training available, no aged experts, no guaranteed results...just many a 'quick-fix' book or online article full of all too pompous 'post-success' hindsight.

In spite of all this, some of the more adventurous company directors are calling in everyone and anyone that can help them to raise the awareness of the company's executive team, to workshop through and develop a carefully considered brand interactive strategy that might exploit these new forms of customer interaction. Rather than looking to imitate someone else's success, they are planning how they themselves might be the pioneers of the next movement or trend.

This takes risk, planning, and sometimes compromise of the long-standing corporate directives and values that would in the past offer some semblance of security and stability.

Now it is truly anyone's game. It is no longer about who has the biggest media spend in television or film. Indeed many customers are now less influenced by advertising than ever before. No, it is the really innovative companies that are gaining market share...and quickly. They are developing their own brand interactive strategy, and seeing their organisational culture change through its implementation.

Unquestionably, those who do take the chance are reaping the rewards. Rewards in the form of publicity, brand awareness, additional sales, brand loyalty, respect...but most importantly of all return on investment and increased profitability.

Therefore any initiative that a company undertakes needs to be sensitive to both the customer's and the organisation's threshold for technology adoption.

In this way 'future shock' can be avoided, but let that not stop a brand from catching the 'waves' of innovation.

Methodologies of Online Education

Sunday, August 24, 2014

There were many myths and misconceived notions about online education until recent past. Some people believed that online learning is a good option only for students who have a good track record. It was also believed that only those students having access to computers and modern means of communication would benefit from online education. However, with time such notions are giving way to an open acceptance where people have started accepting online education as a viable alterative for conventional education.

Not all online education options have a similar methodology and approach. There are various modes of online education available and it would be better if you have an understanding of different methodologies in use by online education providers so that you can select the course with the methodology that suits you the best. Here we are discussing the learning methodologies for online education:

Online Education Methodologies- Different Options

Live: This methodology is also known as synchronous mode of learning. In this mode of online education, there is instant communication between the students and teachers and at times even among different students. Herein all the participants get access to information simultaneously. Virtual classroom using the facility of video or audio conferencing and real-time chat are some examples of this mode of online education.

This learning methodology has its advantages and disadvantages. This mode is more akin to the conventional education except for the fact that the students don't have to travel to the classrooms. The biggest advantage of synchronous method of online education is that it allows instant feedback for the student's performance and allows active interaction among the students and teachers. Thus the students can get the training and education that is tailored suit their needs. Moreover, live education also facilitates the setting up of learning communities and groups for a better interaction among the learners.

This method has the disadvantage that the students cannot plan their schedule and they are bound by the pre-set schedule.

Asynchronous: Asynchronous mode of online education is popularly termed as store and forward education. In this method, the communication between the student and teacher is not instant. Self-paced courses are the examples of asynchronous online education where the students communicate with the teachers and amongst themselves by exchanging emails and posting messages on online bulletin boards and discussing groups. This is the more popular mode of online education because it offers more convenience and flexibility to the students and they can decide the pace and schedule for their education and training.

Despite of the advantages, this mode of online education has its disadvantages too. The students in this mode of learning, lack discipline and motivation and generally tend to develop a lackluster attitude towards education.

The mixed mode of learning in online education combines the advantages of both the modes and it is a combination of personal lectures or face-to-face interaction learning through online activities.

Now that you have a better understanding of different methodologies of online education, you can pick up the right one for you and enhance your skills.


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