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Client Infographic: The Good News for Online Degrees


Good News for Online Degrees is a recent project InfoNewt (my company) designed for elearners.com to visualize the results of a survey of Human Resources professionals worldwide.

The results are good, as online degrees continue to gain credibility and popularity.  Designed as a companion infographic to the article “How Employers View Online Degrees” on the elearners.com website, the visual not only supports the article, but also stands on its own for posting on blogs.

I used a blend of pie charts, bar charts, circles and images to tell a story as you move down the visual.  The different visuals help separate the different questions that were asked in the survey, but always include the actual numbers as well.  For survey results, you want to be as transparent as possible by citing the source material, repeating the questions that were asked and using specific numbers to validate your visuals.

Personally, the most interesting results are in the stacked bar chart in the middle.  Online degrees have dramatically different levels of acceptance based on what level of role the applicant is applying for.

Available as a high-resolution GIF and PDF from the elearners.com site.

Cheers to Helen and everyone at elearners.com!

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Reader Comments (5)

I find it a bit surprising. I'm not saying I don't believe them, but if I was thinking about getting a degree I'd be a bit cautious.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGabriela
@Gabriela: We at eLearners.com agree that prospective online students be very cautious when choosing to pursue an online degree! That's why we commissioned this survey by SHRM. You can see the full report at http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/HiringPracticesandAttitudes.aspx.
September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen
Online studies cost less than any college direct programs which is the first advantage.
September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOnline Colleges
Most employers don't really care if an employee has gained an accelerated online degree versus a traditional classroom degree provided the degree is from an accredited school. It carries the same weight. Online programs offer many unique advantages.
Very informative post about the equality of online vs traditional degrees and how they effect your candidacy for employment. I went to http://www.luonline.com for my degree, and i haven't recieved anything but positive results.
October 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronline Christian degrees
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