DISTANCE LEARNING IS DIFFERENT FROM IN-PERSON CLASSES IN SEVERAL WAYS: Online learning is extremely convenient. As long as you have a computer with internet connection, you can access your readings, attend class meetings, participate in online discussions wherever you happen to be, anywhere in the world. Please note that some courses have an on-campus component where you do physically come to campus once or twice a semester to meet with your instructor and fellow classmates in person.
Class meetings may take place synchronously or asynchronously. This means that sometimes you may be asked to be online in the class discussion at specific times, while other times a class discussion will last several days.
Evolve low-residency degree programs provide the best of both worlds: resident and online studies. It affords you the convince of coursework when and where it works for you. While most coursework can be completed online, each low-residency degree program also includes required on-campus sessions.
- Ministerial Degree - Create compassionate, successful, inclusive communities for spiritual practice. Perform weddings, funerals and teach classes related to your area of study.
- Spiritual Counseling - Deepen your understanding of human-nature relationships that encompasses a spiritual understanding as well.
- Spiritual Coaching - Learn to coach a client from the spiritual perspective, learn deep listening and provide guidance in context of a client's life path.
Forbes Magazine, May 22, 2016
On-line learning today provides a quality alternative to on-the-ground courses. It offers students greater flexibility as to time and place as most courses are offered asynchronously, meaning students can take them at any time of the day or night. Most chief academic officers at colleges and universities were very skeptical of online learning when it was in its infancy, today, according to a recent survey, more than 70% of them now believe it is critical to their long-term strategy. The Chief Academic Officers find that the outcomes from distance education courses are equal to or better than those of traditional, on the ground, courses.
More than 5 million students or 25% of all college and university students are enrolled in distance education courses according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Eleven percent of students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses while 14% are enrolled in some traditional and some distance education courses. Enrollments in online courses have been growing much faster in recent years at public and private institutions than at for-profit institutions which were the early adopters of this type of course delivery.