Distance learning is becoming more and more popular with students throughout the United States, and in no state is it more popular than Ohio. Ohio, with its many colleges and universities, is leading the way in distance learning options for students. With well over 200 distance learning programs offered by its schools, Ohio is fast becoming one of the leading states in distance learning.
Bowling Green State University offers students 11 programs from which to choose, ranging from Bachelor’s to Doctoral. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree can choose a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree, which gives the student an opportunity to create an individualized course of study in various disciplines. For registered nurses, there is an “RN to BSN” degree program that lets nurses further their education while continuing to work and take care of personal responsibilities. Master’s degrees are offered in Business Administration and Education, while a Doctoral is offered in Technology Management.
One of the best universities in the state, the University of Cincinnati offers distance learning students over 20 programs of study. Bachelor’s degrees can be earned in such fields as fire and safety technology, early childhood education, information management, addiction studies and sign language. Graduate degrees are concentrated mostly in health care and include women’s health, nurse midwifery, psychiatric nurse practitioner and nursing administration. Other graduate degrees include criminal justice and educational instruction.
Students wishing to pursue an Associate degree may want to consider Columbus State Community College. One of the state’s leaders in distance learning, the college offers nine online Associate’s degrees such as nursing, supply chain management, digital design and graphic design. Using a combination of videoconferencing, self-paced and hybrid courses the school is definitely worthy of a second look.
For students wishing to combine their college education with religious beliefs, Ohio Christian University may just be the answer. Founded in 1948, the school has a long history of providing quality education both on and off-campus. A small school with only 300 students, it offers five bachelor’s degrees in business management, accounting, logistics management, Christian Ministry and Christian Education and Leadership.
The Ohio Distance Learning Association was created to form partnerships among schools, businesses and other organizations to help create and promote the latest technological advances in distance learning. The organization is committed to sharing information about distance learning as well as being a forum for discussions among educators about distance learning.
Most of the group’s work is with public schools. Videoconferencing and online instruction is geared toward grades K-12, with an emphasis on helping school districts with fewer resources and less technology. Educators and other professionals can take part in professional development courses to enhance their skills using technology in the classroom. The Association is also responsible for maintaining the eTech Ohio Videoconferencing Network Operations Center, which provides videoconferencing service to over 1,100 schools and businesses. Consulting as well as help desk and technical support are offered to member institutions. By stressing leadership and collaboration, Ohio is a leader in distance learning.