I try to explain it. In my country you can do under certain circumstances also "online learning" at universities. BUT: twice a year, at the end of a term, you have to show up in person at the university. You have to go through a very difficult oral exam and during that exam you have to show without any sign of doubt, that you are the author of what you handed in. You must know what was written, why it was written and you have to know in detail all the facts. All sources, you used, must be presented by you and you have to show your knowledge. They even have now computer programs, able to find out "copy and paste" pieces in your written stuff. Any cheating is impossible. After that process, taking a full day, your "online studies" can be verified and from that point on it counts like you were present at all the lectures ecc. at the university.
Yup. This all exists EVERYWHERE. You say "They even have now computer programs, able to find out "copy and paste" pieces in your written stuff" like this is some new technology, but it ISN'T. This has been SUPER common since before I was even in high school. You can just GOOGLE "plagiarism checker" and find one. This isn't exclusively for online students. You have to do a presentation of ANY thesis you submit, for the same reason. Sources need to be cited in EVERY assignment you hand in. Even if you attend EVERY lecture.
Also, one of my good friends is an Austrian university student and hers doesn't really work this way, which shows that there must be a quite a few different systems in the world. However, I have no doubt that a school like Brown has one of the more rigorous systems.
In contrast, we never heard that Emma did any exams at all.
And, well if you are jetting around the world, changing time-zones every few days as she did, you body will be "exhausted".
My friend works for F1 and so she obviously travels for work (nearly every week... and on weeks she's off she travels to other places for fun), but she still does a lot of stuff. I'm fairly sure Emma could have easily done school work while travelling.
Instead of bringing good arguments that I am wrong, they putting the head in the sand and.......
So I think, I am right. It is a faked degree. Last argument: why are there so few online-students and why are all young people rushing into the universities? I mean, why struggling in a dorm for years with a grumpy roommate or so and at crowded lectures, if it is possible to do it with all comfort in you own flat or house? Would be much cheaper for the parents and the students...... Sorry, Ems, but this story is so full of contradictions, even Luke cannot fix it.
Again, you're very removed from universities it seems. I mean, the experience of uni is GREAT. Making friends who have similar interests to you, attending lectures and such is actually super rewarding. Typically you only live with a "grumpy roommate" in your first year when you are assigned dorms, and then you live with friends. Distance learning does usually take a bit longer (i.e. 5 years instead of 4, just like in Emma's case) so many students would like to do the full course load in less time. Plus, distance learning is significantly more difficult since a lot of it is self directed. There's support, obviously, but you still need to be incredibly self motivated to achieve deadlines on time since you're not a set schedule of lectures, labs, conferences and whatnot. It's not really cheaper... tuition will cost about the same (but a bit more if you're taking more time to finish your degree... you pay for the extra semesters, obviously). If you're attending university or not it still costs money to live-- you'll be paying for an apartment and bills and whatnot regardless.
Also, more students are probably doing online learning than you think. Not necessarily their whole degree (because, again, the experience and whatnot) but plenty of people I know will do online classes. My friend goes to McGill University (which is a very high ranking university in Canada-- ranks considerably higher than Brown http://www.theguardi...igher-education) and she does a large portion of hers... also doing a degree in English.
Edited by ling, 04 July 2014 - 08:55 PM.