Online Education Discussions and Information Featured on New WorldWideBlog

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Online degrees are taking the learning world by storm, and many prospective students have questions about online education. WorldWideLearn.com's new feature, WorldWideBlog, pools the knowledge of experts and students to provide a discussion forum and accessible information to prospective online students.

Online education is a key component of almost any undergraduate or graduate degree. It's also a very recent phenomenon, and prospective students may have questions about earning online degrees, certificates or diplomas. WorldWideLearn.com has a new feature--WorldWideBlog--that encourages online discussions between students, prospective students, parents and educational experts on the subject of online learning (http://www.worldwidelearn.com/worldwideblog/). WorldWideLearn.com is the world's premier online directory of education.

The growth in post-secondary online education is 14 to 21 times faster than the growth of post-secondary education in general, according to the Sloan Consortium, a group committed to quality online education. Eduventures, a Boston firm that studies trends in education, predicts that 10 percent of all college students will be enrolled in an online degree program by 2008.

And in an act that removed a large obstacle for colleges and universities wanting to pursue online education more aggressively, Congress passed a law in March 2006 eliminating the requirement that at least half of a college's courses must be face-to-face (rather than online) in order for that college to receive federal aid. This new law meant that colleges could create an unlimited number of online courses.

Clearly, online education is an important consideration for anyone interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree or a technical certificate or diploma. Because online classes are such a new trend, however, prospective students are understandably cautious and may have questions about how an online education works. WorldWideLearn.com created WorldWideBlog in an effort to use the advantages of online communication to answer those questions.

"WorldWideBlog provides a user-driven forum, full of facts and opinions, where visitors can ask and answer questions about online education and online degrees," says Doug Jones, WorldWideLearn.com spokesman. "What's the value of an online degree? Are there tips for fitting online studies into a busy life? What should prospective students watch out for? At WorldWideBlog, we'll answer those questions using posts by WorldWideLearn.com staff combined with questions and comments from students, prospective students, parents, and instructors."

WorldWideLearn.com is the world's premier online directory of education, featuring informative resources, more than 2,500 online courses, over 1,600 online degree programs, 200 online universities and 2,300 campus-based career college programs. WorldWideLearn.com receives thousands of visitors each day and has been featured on MSMoney.com.

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