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Finding Time for What’s Important

Healthy Planet

November, 2009

Author:  Cindy Bluestone Bushue

Do you sometimes find yourself immersed in the details of day-to-day living at the expense of what you really want to accomplish in life? If a graduate degree is an unrealized goal or aspiration, but you can’t imagine how it would fit into your busy schedule, consider earning it online.

Online degrees offer the convenience of learning anywhere and anytime that fits your schedule - at home on the couch, while on business travel, or at an internet café.

First and foremost, look for a university that is well respected and accredited. You’ll find recognized brick-and-mortar institutions providing a quality education on-ground, now offering the convenience of an online alternative.

Fontbonne University offers online graduate degrees in management, supply chain management, the teaching of reading, and computer education that may help you reach your goals.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our online coursework,” says director of online programs Amanda Mead. “Our students are engaged in active learning environments with instructors who care about their success.”

A variety of teaching methods are used. “Many adults are surprised to find that they won’t just be watching lectures and reading materials online,” explained Mead. “We’ve essentially recreated all the activities normally found in our on-ground classes so there’s meaningful interaction between our online students, instructors, and materials.”

Depending on the course, students will read textbooks, watch mini lectures and video clips, have online discussions, listen to audio clips, participate in small group discussions, conduct research, and write papers and case studies.

Most instructors “lecture” in an interactive PowerPoint-type presentation. “A lesson might start with a brief orientation to the topic,” says Mead, “then students will read a bit and come back to the presentation, where there’s clarification of the reading and possibly an assignment.”

Jackie Russell, director of graduate admissions for Fontbonne’s OPTIONS program adds, “Online programs are rigorous, but rewarding. To be successful, an online learner should be self-motivated.”

OPTIONS provides faster, flexible, and more personalized programs for adult learners with demanding schedules. Students can now complete a master of management degree in the evening, online, or with a blend of both formats. The online master’s in supply chain management launches in January 2010.

“The online degrees are a natural extension of our newly enhanced bachelor’s and master’s programs,“ said Russell, “and provide another option to help our students find time for what’s important – their education.”

Fontbonne University has provided high-quality, values-based education for more than 80 years. To learn more about online, traditional, or non-traditional OPTIONS degrees visit


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