The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 83

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
|
DECEMBER 2013
83
From the
FSJ
Education
Supplement June 2010
Online Education:
Unprecedented
Opportunities
BY KR I ST I STRE I F F ERT
J
ust as today’s Foreign Service
families cannot imagine how
their predecessors lived without
the Internet, we may soon be
wondering how we ever got along
without online education. Distance
learning, as it is sometimes called,
offers an unparalleled opportunity
for FS family members to target
and tailor their educational needs
to their circumstances.
Universities offer online
undergraduate degrees in nearly
every possible topic—from interior
design to accounting. There is no
one set of programs that works
best for FS families. To suggest
otherwise would be to ignore the
wide array of circumstances of
family members (age, educational
level, English-language abilities,
and interests and talents, to name
but a few).
In fact, the plethora of oppor-
tunities for online students means
that the buyer must beware. The
online student must identify his or
her educational goals clearly—A
degree? A postgraduate degree? A
certificate? Continuing education
credits? Then he or she carefully
chooses the appropriate institution
and program.
This is excerpted from the article
of the same title by Kristi Strei-
ffert, a Foreign Service spouse and
freelance writer, that was published
in the June 2010 Schools Supple-
ment. The complete article can be
accessed online at
/
educationarticles.
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