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Does anyone know anything about on-line Colleges?

Kevin Co
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I'm certified in Java and I'm going to get some more Certs in Java and Microsoft(I have a BA in Communications) but the idea of getting another bachelors or a masters in Comp. Science online would be great. Does anyone know anything about these online schools and which one's are best for Comp. Sci? Thanx for reading.
Sameer Jamal
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Dont trust any of these online degrees and schools most of them are fake If you really want to learn something then go for regular CS . degree from soem good university
Fyodor Myshkin
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The University of London has a BSc degree in Computing and Information Systems. You are permitted to appear for the exam as an external candidate. It's a three year process for BSc. Dont expect tuitions or anything of the sort. You just pay the registration fee, take a good look at the syllabus, study on your own and sit for the exam. You dont have to go to London to sit for the exam, they have examination centres in most countries. If you are able to get through this, your academic achievement is judged to be of the same quaility as that of internal students.
http://www.londonexternal.ac.uk/external_programme/quality.shtml
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Jessica Sant
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Western Govenors University is a University based in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a total Distance-Learning facility. I've never looked into it, but have heard very good things about it. It's definitley not a 'fake' facility.
But no matter where you decide to go, reserach it thouroughly before you apply.
Drexel University offers a few totally online Masters Degree Programs. Drexel is an EXCELLENT University, based in Philadelphia, PA.
Sameer Jamal
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University of london is providing the Bachelor degree but the kind of fee they want for distance eduation is not worthwile I think if you pay this much amount then go for regular degree. Another thing Many Unversity gives Masters degree In Information System and Information Technology, I dont know about other countries but in India these degrees are not valid. Only Master Degree in Computer Science and Master of Computer Application are valid degree, before going for any degree first you should check out whether they are recognized in your country or not .
Kevin Co
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I have another quick question, I've been looking at Colleges(online and regular programs), what is the difference between a Degree in Information Technology and Comp. Science? Are they same thing when an employer looks at your resume?
Jessica Sant
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Every school will define those two degrees a bit differently, but I think for the most part Computer Science is more theoretical and programming based -- building the softwar. Whereas Information Technology is more application based -- using the hardware/software rather than building it.
Anonymous
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Originally posted by Jessica Sant:
Every school will define those two degrees a bit differently, but I think for the most part Computer Science is more theoretical and programming based -- building the softwar. Whereas Information Technology is more application based -- using the hardware/software rather than building it.

it's all relative to which country you're in; in south africa the CS guys know just about nothing about anything and they can't code worth a damn in any lower level than psuedo. the IT guys are the ones who design, build AND code from day one. in surveys i noticed that Masters CS is highly regarded whereas in ZA the bachelors in IT (which is equivalent to honours) are paid more on average than those guys
Anonymous
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i meant to say masters CS is highly regarded IN THE US of course
Marcus Green
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Many years ago I did a Post Graduate Diploma in IT via distance learning. It was very frustrating to phone up a tutor with a problem and have them suggest I pop round to his office. What pop an hours airplane flight followed by a 40 minute drive.
If you are considering Online learning, do it with an outfit that only does online, otherwise the physical human beaings in front of the lecturers will get a higher priority.
You might consider the Open University from the UK, they only do distance education, are a proper accredited UK university and have been doing this kind of stuff since the 1960s.
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Anonymous
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i would tend to think (similar to marcus i reckon) that distance education is probably better than "web colleges". and in addition to the insitutions mentioned by marcus i would also mention another distance ed. only university, the biggest in the world. UNISA from south africa sports the largest number of students worldwide of any distance education institution. i would guess that every one of those students can't be wrong with their choice of institution
 
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