Which Is True About Online Learning (chapter 3)

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I know of no reason for education, whether at the K-12 or higher levels, to be segregated from the world that makes it possible, on any level. I’ve traveled all over the world, and a place that you may consider commonplace to outsiders: the city of Mumbai. But the brand of one of the largest cities on the planet is hardly commonplace.

I had an amazing experience as a guest speaker at one of the largest conferences in the country. I was joined by Glen Sprake, the Senior Marketing Manager for La Salle University in Philadelphia, who generously attended.

Our session was geared toward K-12 and postsecondary organizations, and Glen kicked it off with a bold statement. “A graduate of La Salle,” he stated, “has been elected to the office of President of the United States!” “This is proof that education can be effectively combined with the outside world!”

We talked about the intertwined nature of work and education, and how to integrate one to the other. “In the digital age,” Glen said, “education and work are never more than a couple of clicks away.”

In India, there’s a leading role for work and learning in K-12. During this period of time, we observe that India’s private universities and colleges are flooded with foreign-educated students. Of course, since universities in India are only second-tier from U.S. level, many are training that U.S. college students can use to achieve their dream of entering higher education in the U.S. How do you address the problem?

Timing is important. Money is available to those who can handle it. If you’re first- and second-year degree students, the teachers will warn you to write a professional paper to get admissions. Student loans are available. Funding for student loans are tied to their individual financial requirements.

Payments for grades taken on a school credit card are required. Conventional ways of payments, such as wire transfers, or money orders, are not accepted. If you want to be in good standing, you should declare a certain grace period—say, three to six months in India. During that period, a refund is acceptable if you owe the school money, which is very common. If you don’t have sufficient funds to make a payment, however, you must make it on time.

Note: You must declare financial debt and legal debts in India, including student loans. If you’re in a dispute, you can give the school a month’s notice. If you don’t pay on time, they can report you to the government. It will affect your permanent residency status and that of your dependents.

For most courses, the school assigns the students a monthly stipend. It can be divided up among the students as needed. It goes for books, stationery, postage stamps, the required paper, as well as meals.

Even if a student’s tuition is paid by cash on the spot, the school will not allow the payments to be deposited in any account—unless they know the money belongs to them. Cash cannot be used to buy supplies, either. And, finally, you have to declare that you can no longer afford the cost of the university’s program, and you’ll have to find another way to attend.

It doesn’t sound that hard? It’s not; but there are problems, and they are many, including payment deadlines. You can end up in a class or seminar that’s over in two weeks. But in a normal program, you can leave in four weeks. Also, one of the unannounced rules of school is that the students don’t stay with their teachers after the class is over, as usually they’re leaving by the end of class. If a student knows the professor really well, he can stay. But he isn’t able to do so if he knows someone who doesn’t have this privilege.

A younger friend of mine graduated from accounting school in Washington, D.C. The class had a lavish banquet afterward, and her tuition was paid for. But she couldn’t leave the resort at a certain hour and be at work by 10. So, at 7 p.m., she was forced to wait until the next morning, when she could make the evening’s classes. To save money, she took home a partial book. A friend took her other book.

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