It’s the single biggest phenomenon that has completely changed lives; it is so important that it has a starring role in a movie; and good or bad, it’s here to stay and improve some lives even as it ruins others. At the end of the day, Facebook is just another technological wonder, one that has taken the world by storm and which, for all the criticism it gets, still manages to be the most addictive and most populous social network today (it has over 500 million users, more than the population of most countries in the world – the exceptions are China and India).
Every business that wants to be recognized and flourish is on Facebook, so it’s no surprise that most online schools are setting up shop here too. It’s the best way to seek publicity and spread the word that they’re in the business of offering online degrees, diplomas and certificates for those who are interested. As with any aspect of Facebook, the profiles of online schools too have their pros and cons.
On the plus side:
- They educate people about the options and opportunities that abound on the Internet.
- They offer alternatives to expensive on-campus education that most often involves massive changes in your personal life.
- They allow you to learn from the comfort of your home.
But on the downside:
- Many schools could be just taking you for a ride – the degrees they offer may not be accredited or they may just take your money and not offer you anything substantial in return. To avoid getting scammed, check out the reputation of the school before you sign up and before you send any money.
- You could end up wasting time on Facebook instead of spending time on your lessons; what with the many distractions that this site offers, it’s so easy to lose track of time.
- You don’t get to meet and socialize with your classmates (others who have signed up for the course) in real life – all your interaction is of the virtual kind and this could sometimes make online education a lonely activity.
Perhaps one big advantage that Facebook offers when it comes to online courses is that you can immediately flag profiles that seem like scams and which have dubious reputations. This way, you not only avoid getting cheated, you also save others from the same fate.
This is a guest post contributed by Carrie Oakley, who writes on the topic of online colleges . Carrie welcomes your comments here or at her email id: carrie.oakley1983(AT)gmail(DOT)com.