lehonestanswer wrote: »
I worked for UoL online / KIT / Laureate.
It is a scam. Sorry ... That's the truth.
Who am I ... I worked as a admissions adviser (AKA salesperson ... monthly targets, commission based pay, in the Amsterdam office) ... I am now a PhD student at a real university.
UoL is a real university offering quality studies to a high standard (Russell group, etc.). However the UoL Online is essentially a franchise sold to a company called KIT (bought by Laureate Online in 2005) who solely offered, ran, and graded their own students, and paid UoL a license fee for each student. The deal was that UoL would provide "legitimate" degrees for the students that KIT pushed through their own in-house programmes for a fee. The "instructor/lecturers" are the cheapest of the cheap, often without PhD's themselves, who are just earning a pittance to supplement their own day jobs as academics elsewhere (but not at the UoL!)
The quality of the studies was very low (appalling really!), the admissions standard was very low. The main criteria for admission was the ability to collect on the tuition fees (seriously!), and the ability to complete coursework in something close to English.
My job as an "Admissions Adviser" was to sell the programme to prospective students, whilst not letting on I was a sales person being paid a commission. It was telesales, we underwent a week of "sales training" focusing on qualifying leads, establishing motivations, establishing and addressing objections, pitching a product, and closing the sale. Everyone got a "time limited scholarship" of 10-20% if that was required to close the sale this student intake. If we didn't hit targets we got terminated (I hit targets ... but left to do a masters programme at a real university)
I even attended two courses of the MBA programme so I could understand what I was selling! Absolute garbage ... My high school teachers would have been disappointed with the standard of work considered passable!
The honest truth is that almost all distance studies programmes are garbage ... no matter what the sale person tells you there is no substitute for in-class face-to-face learning. No online forum is remotely comparable. All these courses do (if you are lucky) is qualify that you have read and can quote from a textbook, not that you have understood it. UoL barely even does that.
If all you want is a piece of paper for someone in the future who won't look too closely at it ... this is perfect for you! But it's an expensive piece of paper. For that price you may as we actually do the real work some where legitimate!
If you want to learn something, and actually improve yourself? ... look for a "in person" course with a real university. Learn directly from people who know what they are talking about.
To Summarise ... UoL is a real University ... UoL Online is a franchise selling !!!!!!!! wrapped up as quality. You are worth more than !!!!!!!!! Don't fall for the sales spiel!
Joana_Kompa wrote: »
UoL programs are conducted by UoL professors and are based on the university's curriculum.
Joana_Kompa wrote: »
I agree with your conclusion. To me, Uol + Laureate was a great experience.
The value proposition of academic quality is with UoL. At the end, all depends on the university behind. E.g., I did an EdX course (Harvard Online) which was excellently designed. My professors at UoL were great, the learning materials well coordinated and the online library offered access to all major publishers.
Our online programme instructors are professionals and practitioners in their fields, based around the world in over 45 countries ranging from the UK to the USA, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Laureate delivers and administers the programmes.
Joana_Kompa wrote: »
UoL programs are conducted by UoL professors
Darren_Gudmundson wrote: »
If you're expecting credibility and support from the University of Liverpool, then it's a scam.
If you want a piece of paper and access to a large repository of Academic Research, then it's worth it.
Caution to Canadians: The University of Liverpool cares nothing about you or your course load. To make their lives easier they classify all online students as being part-time. This means that the CRA will not let you claim the Tuition Tax Credit.
If I could do it again - I most definitely would not!
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