There are Five (5) Fundamental factors to consider when choosing a Distance Learning University/Partner. We will examine those factors then show how we “stack up” we hope this will provide useful information to help you make that important decision in partnering with MES for your Distance Learning Diploma or Degree.
Only accredited and nationally recognized distance learning programs lead to an academic degree and are accepted as such at your future employer. For this reason, it is very important to inform yourself carefully about the recognition of your distance learning program. First of all, your desired study program has to be accredited by a recognized accreditation agency. This agency investigates if the different subjects are combined and coordinated in a meaningful and sensible way that ensures academic standards as well as the practical relevance of the study program. Besides the accreditation and the national recognition, there are other quality labels and certificates that can give an indication of the quality of the education. This is where MES deliver as we only partner with Universities and Colleges that have been Regionally, Nationally and or Internationally accredited
One of the most important reasons for distance learning is the higher flexibility compared to a conventional on-campus program. This is why distance learning enables you to combine your career with pursuing a degree more easily. However, there are various differences regarding the flexibility depending on which university and which distance learning program you choose. When deciding on a distance learning program you should therefore carefully inform yourself in order to make the best decision for you. Does the university or university partner have a fixed semester schedule or can you follow the program more flexible? How often does the university have on-site attendance and are those fixed or flexible? Some distance learning universities offer several dates and locations for the compulsory on-site meetings, so that you can choose the ones that are most convenient for you. You should not underestimate that on-site meetings are often leading to high additional costs for travelling, accommodation and can take up a lot of your already scarce time. Ideally, the on-site meetings should match your work schedule and be close to your home to avoid long and expensive travel times. At MES all our programs are 100% distance learning programs with the option to “top-up” and complete your Bachelors or MBA at multiple Universities worldwide.
3) Tuition fees
When choosing your distance learning program, you should pay attention that you get good value for money. Distance learning programs are usually a bit cheaper than study programs on location. However, you should keep in mind that there might be extra costs such as for study material or travelling and accommodation costs for on-site meetings.
As studying besides your job can be quite demanding, you might want to consider reducing your working time from full-time to part-time. This gives you more time to focus on your studies but you have also to cope with a reduction of your income. In combination with high tuition fees, that can quickly lead to financial problems. Some distance learning institutions recognized this issue and offer suitable financing options. It is worth to take those into account when deciding for the right distance learning program. MES offers multiple in-house “no hassle” financing options that will ensure that you are able to complete your Degree or Diploma even with the volatility affecting the Global Financial Systems.
4) Personal support and service
The quality of personal assistance is a very important factor when choosing a distance learning program and often decides about success or failure of your studies. Depending on your studies and the distance learning institution there can be major differences regarding the quality and kind of personal support provided. When can you reach the lecturers? Is it easy possible to arrange flexible personal appointments if needed? Is there personal support for the exercises and during the exam preparation? Are questions answered immediately or do you have to wait for an answer several days? All these factors have to fit your personal learning needs and preferences. Thereby, staying motivated is an important factor! If you are working full-time besides your studies, it is for example important that personal assistance is also offered in the evenings or at the weekend. MES Instructors offer The instructor will unparalleled support in a proactive way via email, skype or telephone. The tutor will assess the work you have submitted for review and will provide with full written feedback. The online platform is fully equipped will all the resources required to complete the course. Instructors are evaluated and compensated based on their performance. Therefore Instructors understood the critical importance of ensuring that students succeed.
5) Study material and the digital learning environment
For distance learning education, the quality of the study material and the digital learning environment are even more important than for conventional studies. A motivating learning environment with diverse and interactive tasks, videos, quizzes etc. can improve your study success considerably. In order to stay in contact with your fellow students, many digital learning environments offer social platforms and a virtual campus that enable you to work together and support each other. Many distance learning institutions offer free test lectures. This can help you to get familiar with the different learning environments and to decide, which one fits best to your personal preferences.