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Studying Professional Degrees via the Internet: Challenges, Issues, and Relevance from the Student’s Perspective

Studying Professional Degrees via the Internet: Challenges, Issues, and Relevance from the Student’s Perspective
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Author(s): Kirk P. H. Sullivan (Umeå University, Sweden)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 27
Source title: Cases on Professional Distance Education Degree Programs and Practices: Successes, Challenges, and Issues
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kirk P.H. Sullivan (Umeå University, Sweden), Peter E. Czigler (Örebro University, Sweden) and Jenny M. Sullivan Hellgren (Umeå University, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4486-1.ch001

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Abstract

This case places the student in focus and through a reflective case study considers four distance professional degree programs. The author of this case followed these programs as life-long learning professional activities. The case considers the nudge, the study, and degree completion. The reflection is structured around the themes of initial contact, communication, support, deadlines, work, and keeping going. These themes reveal challenges, issues, and questions of relevance for the student and university. Key skills to assist the student towards completion are suggested along with what the potential student should consider prior to enrolling in a professional degree program that is delivered via the Internet. The growth in distance professional degrees, including professional doctorates, demonstrates the importance of the challenges, issues, and questions of relevance considered in this case from the student’s perspective.

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