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I'm trying to register for classes, seeing they start thursday :eek: and I was wondering what these online courses were all about. I was interested in them mainly because I am going to have a very busy year working to help my family out a lot more than before and my idea is I could work around these online classes and do them when I can. I know education is important and all, but Family is all I really have right now so they come first. lol,

BTW: All my classes/books are paid for so I can take as much as I have too.
 

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I took an online class very hard to do because you are in charge and at my College you still had to physically go there twice for the midterm and final. My professor had work due every other monday and then there was other stuff you had to look at the syllabus to know about. I prefer going to an actual classroom still instead of taking another online class. it is whatever works for you tho
 

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I've have taken a few courses online. Some are hard while some are a breeze to complete. If you have no idea about the subject you may struggle. Some instructors allow you to work at your own speed and you can complete the course quickly. I just depends on the instructor and institution rules.
 

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I got my 1st Bachelor's & 1st Master's degree from an online college - Touro University International (TUI). The degrees were in Health Care Management.
I ended up with a 3.7 GPA

I just finished my 2d Master's degree in July - it was in Environmental Health & I got by attending all classes on the campus of East Carolina University (ECU in Greenville, NC). I ended up with a 3.62 GPA.

The main difference with online colleges is that you have more papers to write, but they're usually shorter than the papers at a campus-based college. At TUI, I had to do 1-2 papers per week, but each was only 2-4 pages long. At ECU, I had 1 paper every 10 days, but each was an average of 10-12 pages long. Each class, whether online or at campus required an end of semester exam be taken. For the online courses, the teacher would post a question at a certain day/time & we had 24 hours to answer it - the answer had to be in essay format.

Also, instead of meeting in a classroom, each class will have 1 or 2 days per week where all students in the class must be in a "chat room" on a certain day/time for 30-60 minutes. During the chat, the teacher will usually ask a question, then the students take turns answering the question & debating each other on their responses.

I did not think the actual level of difficulty was any different between the 2 colleges. The papers at ECU were not harder to write, just longer.

My wife did her Health Care Administration degree online from Southern illinois University (SIU) & it was very comparable to my online degree.

While every college is different, I hope this helped!
 

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I did online college courses prior to me deploying. Wasn't half bad, deadlines for assignments is kinda hard to meet if you don't discipline yourself and devote a few hours a day to doing them.
 

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I had a hard time taking the time to sit down and do the work at home. I could always find something that needed to be done. It was very hard for me to stay as focused as you are in a classroom setting. Good luck. Everyone is different. I would start off easy with them this semester to see how you handle it.
 

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I'm taking an intro to engineering course online this semester. I am looking forward to seeing how it works out. The plus for me is that I can log in on my schedule, not a set time that may or may not work. If it goes well, I may do more online classes.
 

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I personally have not taken any but a lot of my co-workers have. Most seem to love it. Others fail to log on when they are suppose to and then spend the day dodging phone calls from the school. So glad when I cut school there was no cell phone tracking involved. :lol:
 

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I took about a dozen online courses while getting my degree. It is really quite mixed on what I thought of them. One thing to keep in mind is that pretty much none of them were self-paced classes. There were assignments due, often weekly. Some required on-site test taking, some didn't. I had several classes with group projects, only one of them I was happy with how it went. So if at all possible avoid online classes with group projects.

Another important thing is to research the professor if at all possible. I had a couple where you could tell they were "teaching" the class for extra money and just didn't care.
 

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Another important thing is to research the professor if at all possible. I had a couple where you could tell they were "teaching" the class for extra money and just didn't care.
Very true.

As a college professor, who teaches both online and in the class room, i can tell you it really depends on 3 factors:

1.) the institution - is it a tradtional public or private college with a few course offerings or is it a for-profit institution with a lot of online courses? Traditional schools will have a lot variability with the courses you take, so each one may be totally different because they are designed by a full-time faculty member. For-profit & proprietary colleges will have courses that all follow a similar pattern, since they are created by instructional specialists or designers and usually taught by adjunct faculty.

2.) the course or subject matter - some subject matter lends itself better to online learning, i.e. history, government, economics, etc. Other subjects are more complex and require alot of self-teaching, i.e. natural sciences, mathmatics, engineering, etc.

3.) the instructor - this may make the world of a difference. Some really love their work and have a passion for it. Others are there b/c of a recessed economy. Often it's trial & error.

Let me know if i can be of further assistance.
 
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