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What do you see as the pros and cons of earning a degree or certificate online? I think a huge plus is being able to follow classes as early or as late as needed. A negative is losing that interactive feeling from group discussions and being able to talk to the instructor in real time.

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SableC.

I don't see much value in paying for either an online degree or certificate, since that method of education is still dismissed by most employers.  IT subjects might be an exception.  Free courses can be fine if it's something I wish to learn or I expect it to be of practical help.  It's still a time investment though and I usually learn and retain information more quickly through reading about the subject. So for me, the biggest con is that I can access better alternatives.  The biggest pro is that it provides more options for us all.  Some subjects will never hit a college campus simply because they aren't popular enough, but that barrier isn't nearly as extensive for an online educational platform. 

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JewelsCat22

A friend of mine has been doing her PhD nearly all online. I know that she has found it frustrating not being able to discuss things with the professor in real time. She has to wait for the professor to email her, and sometimes, that puts her in a real time crunch for completing assignments. 

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