WitchUniversity.com Launches

Witch University

This is a site where you can teach or learn witchcraft. We welcome students and teachers of all genders, ethnicities, and traditions.

We have many interactive features to help you learn, teach, and network. There are activity streams that you can post on and read just like your Facebook wall. The forums are easy to use. You can also earn achievement badges for your community activity and feedback.

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The Base Formula Training Academy is based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (click here for map). We offer a range of fully accredited CPD training courses in beauty, nails and holistic therapies as well as our popular Make Your Own Products course. Our courses are accredited with a range of professional bodies – please see individual courses for more detail. You can also click here to view our Tutor Profiles. If you would like more information on our courses please contact us on 01664 501110 or email us.

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Online Courses vs. Online Degrees

Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about for-profit colleges run by private corporations.  They’re usually technically accredited, and technically legal, but the way they go about things borders on fraud.  Okay really, they often cross that line, especially when it comes to false advertisement and luring prospective students with insane promises of income that just don’t pan out in real life, even for people who studied conventionally.

Every day I get email trying to persuade me to promote this or that online degree program on StudyItOnline.com.  Since I’m now aware of the shady dealings, I’m very wary of this.  I don’t know which programs are good or bad because I’ve never used most of them because they’re too expensive.

…and there’s your clue to the first step in not getting screwed.  If an online or distance learning program is more expensive than your local colleges and universities, opt for the latter.

I’ve taught online courses for going on 10 years now.  I have no overhead except my hosting bills and the commission I pay to Universal Class.  All together, that’s usually under $300 per month with all my students put together.  It likely costs an individual instructor working for a larger company nothing.  So let’s say by some phenomenal stretch, that it costs the company $100 per month to successfully teach each student.  They could charge $1000 per student per semester and still make a profit…but they don’t do that.

Instead, because they’re accredited, they get you to get a federal student loan or grant, and charge in excess of $6000 per semester.  Then if something happens to you and you can’t finish the course in their time frame or you lose your job, tough cookies.  Your credit is wrecked.

I’ve been told that quite often, these schiesters don’t even have a human instructor teaching anything.  Sure, they have videos of lectures, and all sorts of bells and whistles, but there’s nobody to answer your questions.  I’m not talking about things being slow.  I mean not at all.

Not all distance learning and online degree programs are messed up like this, but some are, so beware.  Be a smart shopper, and don’t sign up for these things impulsively.

Also, bear in mind that not all careers actually require a degree as opposed to credible certification.  For some, even if you get a degree, you’re still going to have to take licensing exams and/or courses required by the state.  Rather than shelling out thousands of dollars for a degree online, you may be better off spending a couple hundred on a course that will prepare you for the exams, and then taking conventional courses when you have a job and the money to do so.

In many fields, especially in computers and networking, the information is constantly changing.  You will be learning new things for the rest of your career.  This field isn’t as degree dependent as some others.  The main concern is whether or not you can do the job.

Look deeply into the requirements for jobs when you’re trying to make a decision about education.  Usually they say they prefer someone with a degree, but then they list the programming languages you need to know, and the duties you’ll need to perform.  If you can do all that, go to the interview.  They are going to pick the best candidate for the job as they see it, whether or not they have a degree.  They might not be able to find anyone who does, and will go with the one who can do the job.

Basically what I’m saying is never go into debt for an online course or degree.  Aside of our costs being lower, independent study is in some ways more difficult than conventional classes.  There is absolutely no justification for a school with no campus to maintain and that does very little on actual paper, and whose teachers communicate mostly through email and instant messaging, to be charging more than your local community colleges or public universities.

In the case of online studies, most of the cost should be to pay the instructor for their time, feedback, and maintenance of the course.  This is what’s worth the money.  If you don’t have an actual instructor, and it’s just a machine or a technician grading tests, it should only cost what it costs them to host plus a very very small margin so the business can keep running.

Oh, and another thing: there are actual universities that have online options.  If you’re going to take out a student loan, you might as well check those out.  It’s not as if no college has ever had students who work or prefer to study independently.  Before you give money to people you can’t go and see in person, see what’s available from people you can.

I started teaching online so that I could help people in fields I have experience in study when they don’t have that option in their area, or at least not for a reasonable price.  I like being able to open the fields up to people for whom education in them wouldn’t otherwise be accessible.  It really grates me that people are out there polluting online education by defrauding students and capitalizing off of the government.

So be careful out there.  Know your options, and choose wisely.

Google Knols Beta

If you’re already posting on Hubpages, Squidoo, or eHow, you might want to have a look at the new Google Knols.  Aside of serving the purpose of an articles site and knowledge base, it seems they’re also using it to test their algorithm to sort and rank article sites.  Nothing like inside knowledge.

Articles For Links

Here’s our current list of sites where you can post educational articles in exchange for links back to your site or course.  It’s a great way to build traffic.  Sometimes the agreement is that you publish the article for “public” use so long as the secondary publisher also posts your article with the link and proper credit.  Sometimes the sites are information communities, and readers can’t copy your articles, but they’re likely to refer to them if the site is known as a credible source.  If you do it right, it’s a really good way to get the word out about your expertise and your site.

Basic membership allows you 10 submissions.  If they like your work, you can qualify for a higher level but paid membership.  You can only have text in your articles, so they’re good for general information articles, advice, tips, recipes, and other things for which it isn’t necessary to have images.

Basic membership allows you unlimited submissions, but each one is reviewed.  If they get the impression that you’re spamming them (submitting more than 5 articles per day or however many that are drivel) then you’re done.  So use it wisely, and don’t post mini-articles with very little content.  Make them worth reading.  This site is also text only.

Their web address looks a bit gimmicky, but they are not.  They’re a well established article and link library that keeps it simple but useful.  No permission is given for others to republish your articles.  You can post a small image with each article.

Articles Heaven
This is a large article base, and though it’s not very pretty, it’s very useful.  Publishers looking for articles to republish can find yours easily by searching or browsing, without so many bells and whistles that can mess up formatting.  Articles should be text only.

If your topic has something to do with self improvement, you can post articles here.  No republishing permission.  Articles should be in text.

Here, you can submit articles for republishing.  They have a neat little copy and paste box where people can copy your articles exactly as they are in HTML, which makes it much easier than some other sites.  Because it’s easier for webmasters and bloggers, it’s a good way to become well known in a short time.  Articles should be in text.

This is more than an articles site.  It’s a writers’ community.  People can post informative articles, opinions, and photo galleries quickly and easily.  You can have multiple photos in your articles, and bonus, they do revenue sharing.  So if you’re an Amazon.com, Google Adsense, and/or Ebay associate/affiliate already, you just jack your account into your Hubpages account, and you get a cut of whatever they earn from hosting your articles.

Got an article site?  Write us to get included on this list.  Your article base must not accept spam articles.  If I go to your site and see articles that are just ads for casinos or whatever magic pill, you will not be included.

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