Online Schools

There are many online schools throughout the U.S. and around the world.

As with all schools, some are priced reasonably and offer incredible content.

Others are more of a factory where the primary goal is to only make money and not be focused on the content or the experiences of the instructors who teach the classes.

There are some acting and modeling programs that are offered online. As with any school, one needs to investigate the programs carefully, before committing.

One of the things to look for is – who is teaching the online class. Is the teacher/instructor someone who has had success in the industry? Is the instructor still involved in the industry?

Can the instructor be easily contacted for follow up questions?

Are there any guests for the online workshops, and if so, what experiences have they had in the industry.

The author, Aaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model for nearly 30 years.

He offers monthly online webinars as well as private online mentoring programs. You can read more about
his Mentoring Programs.

 

Virtual or cyber-schools commonly referred to as online schools are generally organizations which have elected to provide a viable teaching service which is offered primarily through an online method via the internet. Through this online teaching service individuals have the opportunity to achieve credits in their desired area of study to be used towards their graduation or furthering their education for eligibility for a higher grade or career position.

Today there are a a large number of online schools offering a wide variety of enrollment and instructional models ranging from self paced and fully autonomous or asynchronous courses to virtual or synchronous semester courses often facilitated by a teacher. Online classes can often be seen consisting of anywhere between 20 students to sometimes over 200 students per class.

Students within an online school setting maintain contact with their respective teachers and other students via the internet and a number of web interactive tools often provided by the schools through their course platforms. Additionally students have the options to communicate by email, telephone, and any other available method of communication practices with their educators.

Studies conducted into communication methods used by students attending online schools have concluded that students who communicated with their instructors by telephone were found to benefit from a more significant form of communication as this method was shown to provide the individual with much more information viewed on a personal level by the spoken tone and pitch of the individual’s voice.

Communication by email however was found to be the main and most effective form of communication respective to online learning as this method offers a favorable and immediate response for both the instructors and the students. Several online schools in their efforts to enhance the methods of communication between students and educators, have introduced selectively chosen programs geared towards maintaining student profiles and course development. These programs are often complemented by a number so downloadable training manuals and a wide variety of books to assist in the maturation of the respective school and their available courses.

The birth of online schools began by the mid 1990’s. Today, the majority of the available online schools are successors of their correspondence institutions and viewed widely as an experience occurring mostly within the United States of America. Although it has been often suggested that online schools offer individuals with a number of benefits and opportunities; studies conducted into online schools revealed a higher number in the rate of student dropouts and failure when compared to traditional schools.

Earlier model online schools were often referred to as distance learning centers, offering individuals with a substitute learning method to the conventional learning provided by the traditional school. Within these distance learning centers, students and teachers communicated mainly by a two-way radio system, the postal service and television broadcasts which were pre-recorded. The majority of the distance learning centers required that the students learn their academic material independently, sometimes meeting with an examination monitor for evaluation. Today’s online schools however offer the students with a modern-day wide range of almost identical replacement programs by taking an interactive and global learning approach.

Online schools are often funded by a series of donations made by several foundations and non-repayable funds made by several organizations. Attendance costs associated with online schools often vary respective to part-time and full-time academic courses which are found to be relatively more expensive.

Occasionally the cost in attending an online school may be free, as a direct result of the costs maintained by the respective state or chartered through a supporting public school district. However in the event that the state does not provide such a service, then the students are required to pay the respective fees associated with the courses and provide the necessary tools.

It has been observed that a large number of district schools are developing their very own virtual academic institutions often providing books, computers, and internet services to educate their students rather than having that student enrolling in an outside virtual school. This decision has resulted in a notable increase in internal revenue within the home district schools in addition to the benefit for the students to graduate at home.

Online schools requiring financial support may often elect that each student be responsible for purchasing their own academic material. For the majority of online courses students are often able to acquire their electronic course materials for free, however additional courses may require the purchase of material outside. Occasionally the use of respective textbooks may be a necessary requirement to be used as a reference guide for coursework completion.

Online school crusaders have held the firm belief that online schools provide the individual with the advantage of in home face to face interaction via digital media without the need to travel. Additionally it has been suggested that online schooling allows the student the benefit to remain in a learning environment even when undue circumstances will not permit their attendance in traditional schools such as in situations where the individual may become pregnant, medically ill, or per suing a career in acting.

This has resulted in online schools to be viewed as a great alternative to the traditional education system by providing students with an accessible form of academic learning to the non-traditional or physically disabled student.

Many online schools provide the student with a highly flexible schedule for individuals pursuing their career, or maintaining family obligations. This flexibility is rarely found in traditional school programs allows the students to excel at their own as these courses often do not require an immeasurable amount of sacrifice on the part of the individual. One of the major highlighted advantages of attending an online school is the benefit of allowing the students the opportunity to partake in activities involving critical thinking processes respective to their choice of environment.

Online schools in todays society exist globally in a large number of countries. For the past 10 years the K-12 online instruction has been observed to widely increase within the United States and Canada. Many of these online academic centers have been successfully integrated within the public school sector as students are allowed access to computer labs to complete their respective course studies on the internet. Likewise individuals have the option to be completely home-schooled or partake in a number of available private or public online academic classes.

Some of the more renown and widely used online schools include:

  • The University of DeVry located at www.devry.com
  • The University of Phoenix at www.phoenix.edu
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