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Online-StudyTechnology has indeed made its stay over the global education sector and with each passing day, its grip over this sector is getting firm. Not only in the educational institutions but e-learning have been of a great help even for the various small scale and large scale organisations around the world. It has made the employee training sessions much easier than before. Although, we all know that e-learning has its own merits, let us go through a few facts and figures which will help you to gain a better insight on this particular mode of getting a degree, certificate or diploma of your choice:

  • According to the August 2000’s Facts, Figures and Forces Behind e-learning, it is seen that there is an increase in 60% more learners getting into online studies as compared to any brick-and-mortar institutions. It is said to be a better way to gain knowledge and understanding for the learners.
  • The Elearning! Magazine from May 2013 pronounced that the various organisations are now using e-learning more and more in their firms no matter whether they are the small scaled ones. Also, 41.7% of the Fortune 500 companies made use of technology for training their employees the previous year.
  • According to an article called e-Learning Success- measuring the ROI impact and benefits of May 2013, IBM recently took help of e-learning programmes in training the managers and what they found is that the learners learnt 5 times more than any physical training and also they didn’t have to spend much.
  • A study by the Open University of London claimed that when we use e-learning mode to grasp knowledge, we save almost 90% of energy and also it produces 85% lesser CO2 emissions per learner as compared to any face-to-face training. Hence, e-learning is good for the atmosphere.
  • A Report from the Georgetown University Center of Education and Workforce said that the online degrees and certificates are the “super-food” in the higher education sector. Although, these degrees and certificates are often dismissed even by the various educational institutes, the fact remains that online learning is far better than face-to-face learning.
  • A current data published by the CertifyMe.net on the position of online learning in the corporate sector claimed that 72% of the companies consider e-learning as a very competitive approach in gaining knowledge. Also, this mode of training has helped them to remain on the top in today’s job market.
  • The organisations which make use of e-learning as a training mode have seen 18% boost in their employee engagement. Like this, they have found increased job satisfaction and also the employees started liking their work much more. And this leads to a better work atmosphere at workplace.

So, when it is evident that online study has so many advantages not only in the education sector but also in the corporate world, it is easy to tag it as the future mode of learning. This provides immense flexibility and a lot of different study options to the learners and hence, online education will go a long way.

Hope our this in-depth research will be liked by you all. We are especially thankful to above mentioned site’s from where we took data and wrote this content.

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No Tuition-Fee & FREE Education for ALL, says Norway Govt

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This is great news for all who wants to go abroad for their higher education for Bachelor’s, Master’s & PhD (Doctorate) degree to different European countries. For all of them, the best place will be NORWAY, because their Govt has taken an initiative to provide free higher education to worldwide students irrespective of their citizenship.  Though their neighbours like Sweden & Denmark also support free higher education policy, they restrict it to their students as well as EU students only.

Now International students might ask what about the language of study?

Yes, in Norway, there are 2 main languages which are Norwegian and the Sami language. Among these 2 languages, majority of the population speaks Norwegian. It is also called “Norsk” and it’s again divided into 2 written parts i.e. “Bokmål” which 85-90% of the population follows and “Nynorsk” which the remaining 10%, mainly in the west and north of the country follows. As far as the above two sentences are concerned, they will not go with good vibes to International students. For them, it’s fact that in Norway English speaking rate is very high because the Norwegian children are learning English from the very beginning, i.e.1st grade. As per reports published in WIKITRAVEL, though English is not Norway’s first language,

officially 91% of the its population speak fluent English, which makes Norway one of the most English proficient countries on the planet where English is not an official language.

So, none of the International students will have any problems in the country in terms of communication.

What about cost of living in Norway?

Though living in the capital OSLO is little expensive, the rest of its parts are as same as other European countries. Have a look at the following image to get an idea of the distribution of cost of living expenses in Norway.

Image from Numbeo.com

Image from Numbeo.com

Since education is free of cost, it does not impose burden on International students for obtaining higher education. In general, if you go to any UK university for a degree programme, it will cost minimum £9,000 per year tuition fees along with the living expenses, which will come around minimum £7,000 – £8,000 per year, as per British Council report. So it will cost you around £13,000 – £14,000 per year. For UK university graduate programmes therefore, you will have to spend around £48,000 – £52,000 in three years time while in Norway you will only spend on living expenses.

In fact, most universities provide cheaper student housing options rather than private accommodation. In general, after you enrol with a University/College, they will provide information about their students’ housing services available with them. If you are not satisfied with their infrastructure, you are free to choose your own private accommodation outside.

What about Norway Student VISA?

If you compare with UK, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration is having the most flexible VISA policy for all like their higher education policy. For EU/EEA students, they no need to apply for student resident permit like what many other EU countries follows. Only requirement is that they must give proof of funds for your stay while studying in the country. For International students except EU/EEA, to apply for Norway Student VISA

  • You must seek approval beforehand from Norwegian Educational Institution
  • You must have minimum required funds for your stay
  • Your accommodation must be pre-arranged and you will agree to leave country once your permit expired.

In order to check details about how VISA process works along with other financial requirements, please visit Norwegian Directorate of Immigration website which will clear your all doubts.

What are the other benefits of Norway Student VISA?

Norway is having a world-class education system which is free for all and in order to support that the government is offering loans to all students irrespective of their citizenship. Once your VISA approves, you will get first student residence permit/residence permit which is not your permanent residence card. Student VISA also works as a work permit through which you will be allowed to study full-time in university and work part time in between and during breaks of university semester you are entitled to work as full-time as well. Even with this VISA, your family members are entitled to come and stay with you in NORWAY while you study.  So, you can earn as well as learn through students VISA while this facility is not possible in UK since their VISA rules are quite stringent. In fact, you will not be allowed to work with a UK student VISA as per new VISA policies.

Your student permit is renewable too which you can do it one month before your permit expires with valid reasons to extend. Once your study finishes, you are allowed staying in the country for 6 months in order to search job in the country but for that you must apply to Immigration Department for Residence Permit to seek employment as a skilled professional.

What are the Universities / Colleges are present in Norway for Higher Education?

As per WIKIPEDIA report –

Higher education in Norway is offered by a range of eight universities, nine specialised universities, 24 university colleges as well as a range of private university colleges. The national higher education system is in accordance with the Bologna process, with bachelor’s degrees (first cycle, three years), master’s degrees (second cycle, two years) and doctoral degrees (third cycle, three years). Acceptance is offered after finishing upper secondary school with general university admissions certification.

Public education is free, with an academic year with two semesters, starting from August to December and from January to June. The ultimate responsibility for the education lies with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

Apart from all universities, University of Oslo is the country’s highest ranked institution which holds the 111th position, as per report published by 2012 QS World University Rankings.

If you want to explore further for the lists of universities, specialised universities, university colleges along with private university colleges with their course details, please find their respective links at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higher_education_in_Norway and visit their individual websites for more information.

Is this any future career prospects in NORWAY after education?

Of course yes. Since the country draws enough wealth from Oil and Gas industry, the government is looking beyond this and is rather keen to expand research activities in the Science and Technology industry like environmental sciences, renewable energies, maritime industry, health and social care. In order to become the global leader in research, innovation and education, the country is providing free education for all. Through this initiative, lots of young talented individuals are coming from worldwide to the country for research and hence they are getting suitable job offers inside the country itself after completing graduation, post graduation and doctorate programmes from the universities. Consequently, it is helping the country to experience a major growth in the world of science and technology.

Do you know that this ‘free education offer’ had been earlier taken in 2010 by almost 16,500 non-EU students, which is up by 27% compared to 2007 where only 12,997 non-EU students have been able to avail this opportunity. This graph keeps rising by almost 10% year after year. For more information, several hundred students from US, India, Pakistan, China, Nepal, Iran, Russia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Ghana etc. have taken this opportunity so far.

27% non-EU students increased in period of 4 years time between 2007-2010

27% non-EU students increased in period of 4 years time between 2007-2010

 Research Finding Source – We have done this research based on findings from Times Higher Education, British Council, WIKIPEDIA, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, WIKITRAVEL, TheCompleteUniversityGuide, Numbeo, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS World University Rankings) and of course Google. Special thanks to all of them.

Author’s opinion – After reading the above findings, you might have questions in your mind – Is this good for you to head NORWAY for higher qualification?  Is this the only country that provides free education? Is my country having good relationship with Norway? Why Norway, not any other destination? Please note, none of the article can provide all answers in one single article. So, it would be better if you Google it and find the best information you require, or you can participate in Google Community called Education Revolution so that the worldwide followers of this community can give suggestions on your queries and present their views on it.

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Is online learning a viable option for higher education?

Online Vs Traditional EducationIs online education really the future of the global higher education system? This might be the debate of the decade but we just need to look out for answers till the time it is available. Although people are still in praises for traditional learning, the fact cannot be denied that online learning has its own merits and who knows, it might even become the future in the near future.

I, being one of the major enthusiasts in this field, was always very keen about knowing what exactly will be the look of the global education system a few years down the line. Hence, in order to seek answers from people in my network, I started a general discussion in the Google+ community page, Education Revolution on July 25, 2013. To my utmost surprise, I was over-flown with comments from my fellow G+ users and I sincerely got in touch with so many different facets about the subject.

My query was simple, “Is the physical book really dead?” But the answers which I got really opened my eyes regarding this particular topic. Let me present a short ‘pseudo excerpt’ of our conversation below, so that you can get a hold of the fact much more clearly:

Me: Is the physical book really dead? Who will win in the battle between the online learning and the traditional learning?

Rasheeda: I feel there should be a bridge between the two modes of learning. No matter online learning has got potentials but our schools and colleges are not using this trend properly.

HAMED ALAZRIHamed: I totally believe that online learning has got potential. It has been helpful for me personally. However, I do not think that it will replace traditional learning completely in the next 5 years. But it will surely gain much more popularity.

Jeanette SaarbergJeanette: This is really an interesting battle. I too am personally fond of online education. It has really helped to look up to the education sector in a defined manner. However, I also feel that physical books are important too. While studying we need to doodle at times. Hence, both are complementary to each other, for me.

Craig BurtonCraig: For me, I think online education will limit creativity among our children. Textbooks help us to think and create images on our own. However, with the help of iPads and Google glasses, everything will be in front of their eyes.

Nicholas: For me, I think both are important and are complementary to each other. I believe in blended learning and cannot abolish the merits of any of the two.

Maria BermudezMaria: I don’t think online education can reach places where the economic condition is not good. People, who do not have a computer, can never actually know what online education is all about. As an educator, I am in favour of traditional learning environment.

There were many more contributors and if you too are intrigued about the topic, you can always put your own views as comments on the discussion thread,  here.

The only fact which really astonished me by reading the comments of all is that, people are still not fully aware of what online education can actually do to the education system of the world. Not only will it make learning easier to acquire but it will also generate interest among the kids who are already bored of packed classrooms and boring hour-long lectures. Also, it really becomes tough to put a large number of learners in a single classroom and hence, online learning can solve the issue by letting them learn in their home, with the help of a desktop or laptop.

The quality of education is going down day by day. Places like UK, which was believed to be the hub of higher education, is now experiencing lack of skilled educators and trainers. There is a constant shortage of skilled educators and this in turn is hampering the education of the students. If they are not trained properly, there future is actually doomed. To solve this, however, the government has thought about incorporating online education earlier this year.

Remember those times when you had to study day and night to get good grades in the exams which were scheduled just a day after? Do you remember a single year when you had completed your syllabus months before your exams and got good time to revise? I am sure you don’t as this is not a common human behaviour. We all believed in cramming in the days before our examination and it had resulted in severe problems including health, at time. So, do you know that you can actually stop your kids from cramming by offering them an online degree course? Let them say no to cramming and yes to online learning as it will only help them to study in their comfort, thereby offering them with the degrees of their choice.

We all know that online education is cost effective, it is affordable and also has flexible study schedule, and I am not going into that again, however, the fact remains that it is the most viable learning solution for all of us. Aren’t we using online learning knowingly or unknowingly every single day? When we need to learn an eBook, to know how to bake a cake, to see videos on how to make a bun, to hear to different audio files on how to run a lawn mower, and so on, we all are taking help of online education. So, why not make our online learning much more concrete by getting a degree to support what we have learnt?

We, therefore, need to make online learning much more beneficial for all of us so that our young learners can know how to make the most of their web browsing. Indeed online learning is going to be the next most popular mode of education the coming years, but we should be brave enough to accept it with open arms. Change is inevitable and if it is happening in our slow and aching education sector, why not put a step forward and welcome it?

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5 E-learning Web-Based CMS Platforms

In the past few years, plenty of technological developments have taken place which in turn has resulted in the increasing demand of e-learning courses all over the world. In this respect, plenty of instructors are considering web-based content management systems for creating, preserving and managing contents on web pages through which e-learners will be able to derive more pleasure and excitement in preparing their respective lessons.

A web CMS is a stand-alone application through which one will be able to access web contents that will include embedded graphics, photos, audios, videos and even text. Moreover, one can have direct control over files, documents, HTML-based content and web hosting plans depending upon the ability of the system and the role it serves.

So, here are 5 e-learning web-based CMS platforms that can lend you new and innovative experiences while pursuing any career development programme. Have a look:

moodle-logo1. Moodle – This is an Open Source Course Management System that is also known by the name of LMS or Learning Management Systems. Moodle’s global popularity has been realised among educators who now make use of it to create attractive websites for their students. Once done, the students install it in their computers for accessing their databases and forums. E-learners also make use of Moodle to receive assignments and quizzes from their instructors. Continue reading

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Online MBA degrees have already redesigned the pre-conceived notions of critics

Online education was not welcomed well by the educational fraternity all around the globe. Nobody tried to understand that now learning and gathering knowledge is easy through the internet. They believed that it is just a deviation from traditional mode of education and so it will not have relevance in the future. However, they were wrong.

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The management degrees are believed to be one of the topmost educational qualifications all around the globe. So, to experience the best out of it, the interested MBA learners became excited to take admission in the topmost business schools. However, what about the ones who are financially unstable? We all know how much the course fee of a regular MBA in any UK university is. It is simply not possible for them to get enrolled in such programmes.

So, at that point of time, the online MBAs came for their rescue.
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What are the Job Profiles Available for Pregnant Ladies to maintain their Work as well as Study?

Pregnant women are obliged to stay at home and enjoy the comforts. It is the most crucial and foremost stage of motherhood where they need to stay at home and relax. They can utilise the time best by switching to online study that helps them handle job and study, simultaneously. At the same time they can pursue jobs that can be done from home. Since they cannot move freelance jobs serve as the most ideal option. Here, is a look at the types of job profiles that can be managed by pregnant women during the most crucial time of their lives.

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The Most Crucial Jobs that can be handled
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Education is No More a Lost Dream for the 60s and Above

Life Begins at 60If you are in your 60s, it is not the age to retire yet. Instead, it is the time to go back to university and retrain with higher degrees. David Willets, the UK minister of higher education claims that older workers who are more likely to take up courses, enhance their skills and stay updated with latest introductions will be expected to retain their jobs and survive the unprecedented changes of the job domain. Nonetheless, ‘going back to college’ has been used metaphorically, a discussion of which has been used later.

Some Reforms made in Education Structure for the 60s and above  

In a drive to make higher studies accessible to the older generation, MR. Willets made some reforms of the UK education structure and students loan. He soon lifted the stipulated age limit on student loans to cover the entire tuition fees. The process facilitated the availability of degree courses to older people at affordable cost. Soon a survey unveiled the truth that the country’s economic success depended upon the contributions and skills of older workers.

In the context of higher education, Mr. Willets gave some valuable speech on his recent visit to India with David Cameron, the Prime Minister of UK. He said, Continue reading

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Embark On a Journey to the Top with a Diploma in Accounting

study-optionThe economic condition that the world is going through is not hopeful for the young generation who is planning to start out on a job hunt or someone who has a job and is planning on changing it. It is at this time that they need something, a degree or a diploma, that is going to ensure that they do not lack job prospects ever, no matter what the situation of the economy might be.

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My Life Changed with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism

Different color peoples togetherThe world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page. To be honest, these words of Saint Augustine kindled my spirits to not only explore new destinations but take every opportunity to learn extensively and acquire new experiences while travelling. Moreover, don’t you think you should aim to pursue such a course that can keep you excited all the time and constantly update you with global happenings? If you agree to it, let me share with you something that allured me to embark a career in travel and tourism.

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Top 5 Career Choices That An IT Degree Can Lead To

Are you having second thoughts about enrolling in an IT course? If yes, then here comes the great news — a huge number of IT professionals are going to be hired soon. The importance of information technology is increasing with leaps and bounds and there is hardly any field that does not use computers to make its work easy. There are a number of job roles in various fields that you can achieve with a degree in IT. Discussed below are the 5 top paying jobs that you can bag with a degree in IT.

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