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Old 08-14-14, 12:42 PM   #1
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Who has taken online classes?

It's been an option for a number of years now, but I still haven't tried it. Can anyone tell me what to expect and how you liked it? The only thing I know is they'll probably use blackboard for most everything. Is it pretty much the same as any other class, every week a lesson and assignments pop up in blackboard? You're just expected to read rather than listen is the main difference I'd assume, besides not being physically at school.
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I should be graduating next May...all classes have been online.
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I should be graduating next May...all classes have been online.
Then you must have some feedback to give. How do you like it? How does it compare to going to class in person?
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It puts all the emphasis on learning on the student. In the traditional classroom setting, you learned more in the class....you could interact with the prof, listen to others interact with the prof, etc.
I find that I have to do a lot more external research....but that also may be the nature of an MS vs a BS degree.

edit: I'll add that I really like the flexibility in timing the online classroom environment creates. My schedule is so f'd up I don't think I could make 50% of traditional classroom classes. With the online classroom, I can log in at 3am if that's what it takes.
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Not needing credit or professor interaction I’ve used the Stanford See program to do continuing learning. With lecture videos, full course materials including syllabi, handouts, homework and social networking with fellow online students it works well to keep me involved with learning. I’ve also used/use Mit’s and Berkeley’s OpenCourseWare to keep learning. Online just makes it easier if you want a degree or just continuing to learn like me.

not much of a learning curve to use Blackboard and/or WebCT....

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Old 08-14-14, 01:53 PM   #6
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I should be graduating next May...all classes have been online.
Not sure I would trust a degree wholly online. Also @BenzFanatic what can all online courses be compared to; no classes were physically attended?

I took two or three online courses in my most recent degree (a B.Ed); they are trying to be progressive in their teaching style. I never had the option in my B.S. or M.Sc.

I had to do a prereq. English class online for my B.Ed. It was fine. I had to read books, write papers and post a certain number of posts on certain topics or other peoples posts by a certain deadline. I did have to attend an exam at a central location. I found that the online paper submission offered no flexibility and the prof was not great at responding. I mean no flexibility such as if it said 500 word limit, a paper with 501 words was even able to be uploaded. Overall it was good, but if you are having problems or if it is a topic you struggle in I would steer away from them.

My other two courses were good; basic submit assignment by deadline and participate in online discussions on select topics. I think they mailed me a final exam or it was online.

Overall they are okay; as I said if you feel comfortable with the material and do not need much extra assistance they will likely go well. But the onus to learn and retain information is completely on you.
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not much of a learning curve to use Blackboard and/or WebCT....
Agreed. If you can post here you will be fine.

I enjoy the OpenCourseWare as well, so many interesting topics to follow at your own pace.
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I took a few of my AAS general courses online and then all of my courses to finish up my BS were online. I prefer the in class work since I learn better listening to an instructor. You can't be the flexibility of the online schedule though. Most of the 2-4 year stuff was just slightly more in depth 1-2 year stuff so I didn't find it very difficult. In fact for the vast majority of it I didn't read the text or study at all...
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My last attempt at going to college was online courses from the local CC*. I think that there were 2 of them that last go around. The good was that the online assessments were based off of the PowerPoint. The not so good was that they required you to purchase a hard copy text (that really isn't even needed) and that the final exam was at a specific date and location- I got the dates wrong and wasn't allowed a make-up exam.

I am currently considering taking a couple of Coursera(?) classes to get my brain used to working at a college level again before I can even attempt earning credit for a fee locally.

*If you go to a public school in Tulsa, no matter what school you end up getting your BS/BA from, you have to go through TCC for the AS/AA. OU, OSU, NSU, Langston- even ORU (and they are private!) requires prospective students to go through TCC first. Exception to this would be fresh out of HS types that choose to live on the respective schools main campus for the duration.
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Old 08-14-14, 02:22 PM   #11
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I took one at Stanford last year (Intro to Databases), just before we moved back east.
I liked it quite a bit, it was a great way to utilize my not-insignificant downtime in that job.
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I've taken on line classes and even created a powerpoint-like Web Page learning Site for a professor.

It is just another way to present and/or view the material. Taking and reviewing notes and thinking about the material covered is identical to classroom learning. The material can be presented in an interesting way or a boring dry way... by both classroom teachers and/or on line presentations.

Books are books... whether digital or even video. Classrooms are classrooms even when only a monitor.
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I've taken several over the years. I like them. That said, I don't think I would like to take a difficult class in a subject I'm not familiar with. For instance, your very first class in Calculus. But if you have some experience in programming almost any other programming class can be taken online without too many problems.

One thing is you have to be organized. You have to be able to work on your own a lot. Sometimes the teacher may not respond to your questions for a couple of days. Most of the time they have responded to me within 1 day but not always.

I say take a class to see if you like it.
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I took a few. They sucked. Mostly because I was too lazy to do anything properly.
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I took a class from CourseRa that was online. I thought it was setup and organized amazingly well.
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Almost anything I do nowadays I go to youtube to find out how it's done.

Pretty amazing resource when you find the right channel...
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I would suggest that you find people who have taken online courses from the school YOU plan to take the courses from: online experiences can be terrible if the college is just "dabbling" and not dedicated to a superior online product. Things to look for: are the profs/instructors college-employed, or contracted? I have heard of contracted instructors that totally ignore the course & the students for weeks, then finally remember they have a class, upload weeks worth of assignments to be completed by mid-term - which might be a week away. I have heard of contracted instructors who set their "available" time for students to 45 minutes a week, who fail to answer e-mails, etc. It's just an impression I get, but from what I hear, if the instructor actually has on-site course responsibility in addition to online courses, their responsiveness improves.
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The college is a CC, but a big one that has been doing online for awhile. All of the instructors have physical classes as well. I guess I'm more worried about my own procrastination and such, which probably means I shouldn't take any.

Thanks for the feedback all.
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I appreciate the responses as well. I'm considering finishing my bachelor's degree as I'm finding it is a hindrance in furthering my career sometimes. My only options right now are really online since I need the flexibility in scheduling.
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My 16 year old son just finished a Business Computer class online that he took through a local college. Had a few minor glitches regarding confusing instructions but the professor answered all his questions quickly. He did just fine.
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Many of the instructors I work with across the state of WV do their continuing ed coursework on line at American Public University - totally on-line school which was founded years ago for military service to take coursework while enlisted. I hear nothing but rave reviews about them.
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It is just another way to present and/or view the material. Taking and reviewing notes and thinking about the material covered is identical to classroom learning. The material can be presented in an interesting way or a boring dry way... by both classroom teachers and/or on line presentations.

Books are books... whether digital or even video. Classrooms are classrooms even when only a monitor.
Well put.
I would add:
You get out what you put in, regardless of how you take the classes
With online I thought I needed to be a little more proactive/self motivated
With online I had a record of just about everything that happened in the class, still do years later. IOW everything that anyone said was saved. This would depend on what application they are using.

I took 8 semesters of grad school entirely online, 1997 - 2000 and 2007 - 2010.
I have no way of knowing if I would have been better off taking classes in a school, but I also have no reason to believe it would have been better. The real comparison for me was online or no-line because I had a family and full time job, I would not have gone to school otherwise.
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As an instructor, my problem with online classes is people that put things off until the last minute, and I'd imagine that goes even moreso with online classes. I've never gone completely online, but the more resources/activities I put online for my physical classes, I have to put in milestones to keep them on task doing them by certain dates and provide incentives for showing up in class.
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