Getting an Online University Degree
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Part 1: Listen and Read: Have you ever considered taking college online? Getting an online university degree through distance education instead of attending a traditional school can be great option to preparing for your future. There are a number of online schools to choose from that offer convenient and flexible classes.Read along with the audio recording on the topic.

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I've decided to get an online university degree through distance education instead of attending a traditional school. In such a program, students don't have to attend classes in a regular classroom. Instead, they go online and interact with fellow students and the teacher in a virtual classroom using bulletin boards or other Internet tools. Also, students sometimes share ideas through text or voice chat. Students still have to do assignments, write papers, and take tests, but everything is done online at a student's own convenience. The students sometimes work at their own pace depending on the class schedule, but getting an online university degree can provide more flexibility and study options than before.

Part 2: Discussion

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of getting online degrees. Do you think such programs are as rigorous and challenging as traditional programs? Do you think employers rate the value of an online degree the same as a traditional degree? What types of people would most benefit from such online degrees?

Part III: Online Investigation

Suppose you would like to obtain an online degree in your field of study. Search the Internet and find at least two schools that offer courses in your major. Then, come the two in terms of quality, reputation, professor qualifications, price, and program requirements. Which seems to present the best value and quality?

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