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How effective are online doctoral programs?

Scholars understand better what it means to have a doctoral. The highest level of certification a student can attain in a university. Doctoral programs are comprehensive and need a lot of time. I do not understand how effective it is spending years on extended research having a PhD online. I only understand the systems to masters' level. I cannot figure how online doctorate is done. I believe it is because of the magnitude it holds. I need anyone who has any information about the effectiveness of the online doctoral programs to share.

Carlton Burgess

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Kevin Sutter on May 17, 2018

It is true that attaining a Ph.D. is not a joke. It requires a lot of time and dedication. The magnitude of the doctoral program in itself makes some students dread to pursue education to that level. Anyone who considers the program ought to be focused and goal oriented or he/ she can spend the rest of their life trying to earn one. The good thing is in the era of new technology. Many things have been simplified and most of them can be done. You take the same way as masters. If students can commit to finishing a master's program, they can still get to finish the doctoral program.

There is no big difference between taking online Ph.D. and attending regular classes. You can identify with me that most student taking masters do not attend classes. They are more in the research than regular classes. It is even easier for them to do online research than get volumes of books on the table and study. The development of online learning tool and models ensure that the program runs effectively. It is effective because there are fewer institutions that are able to supply the need of the students and the guidance they need. The student's commitment produces good payoffs just like any other online program.

The effectiveness of online-doctorate models depends on the student. Students who endeavor to take the program get deep in study and provide feedback to the university offering the service. Any student who takes the program and graduate is universally accepted. Fake institutions do not exist to offer the online doctorate. Students are protected from fraud. It is relatively cheap and students can get more time to work on their work. In normal cases, the time spent moving from one area to another in search of materials is put to use.

I have encountered students who are taking the online doctoral program in my business trips. From what they share, the platform is more interactive like any class setting. The students are able to find teachers and ask questions. There are moments when they have to connect and talk one-on-one. They say that the program is effective in material dissemination, information and the guidance to students. They feel that there is no disconnect between the tutor and the student. They find it easier than the regular programs. From outside, we see systems that are not working, but from within they are enjoying the system. 

Nicholas Rivera2 years ago

I know my capability cannot allow me to take a doctoral program, but I know people who are doing it. It takes a lot of time and few people can dedicate to get there. My orientation on the matter has always been negative. I believe that through such articles, I can get to learn more and get a positive response towards it. I do not think that having it is the ultimate life. We strive so much to earn it but we still have to get to the basics of life. With technology and many people investing in education, online Ph.D. will be more affordable and some people like me will have to consider. If the systems are the same as the available learning platforms and tools, I am sure it is effective. Maybe an addition is to find ways to reduce the number of years a student has to study before he or she attains one. 


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