Online Schools

United States
February 21, 2007 3:02pm CST
I'm curious what other people think of online universities. I am currently attending one and am very pleased with how it's going. Does anyone have any pre concieved notions on what you think it's like or do you know someone that is going to one of the many online colleges today?
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@chocobaby (679)
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
i always wanted to get a MA course online but can't do it now due to tight schedules. i admire those who can complete and attain their courses here because having to achieve such it is not an easy task. having an an online course or distance learning requires an enormous amount of discipline and patience throught out the whole study. the process is most of the time self study and there's not always available help around anytime but you. i hope i can be able to start on this soon and aim to complete it if possible. good luck to your study and i hope by joining here at mylot, you can use the site as one of your referrences and can be of help just like what other students here do.
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• United States
23 Feb 07
Thank you chocobaby! I agree, that there are times when you can feel very alone and there is no one to really help you. Fortunately, the college I attend online encourages discussion amongst classmates, and provides a forum for on or off topic chat. Sometimes going through a chapter with someone else learning the same thing can help lots. The instructors also have specific hours that they keep as office hours and students are encouraged to call them if they need help, There is also a forum where only you and the instructor can communicate one on one to which they are required to post a response within that days office hours or at the latest, the next. It is a good system for sure!
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@crowfan (67)
• United States
21 Feb 07
i think that some places look down on online colleges. my husband is going to an online college and we are having a terrible time with it we have been calling my husbands financial advisor for about 3 months about his grants so we can get a new pc but she keeps telling him the same things then we have also went over her head to a supervisor and we are fighting with them too
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• United States
21 Feb 07
That's terrible! Were you able to get any satisfaction at all by going to their supervisor? I'm thinking that the same thing could also happen if it were a brick and mortar school too though. The only difference would be that he wouldn't need to have a better computer in order to attend class in that case. They certainly should want to help him in any way that they can. Now, what about the classroom atmosphere itself. Does he like how his school is set up? Does he feel like he's learning anything? What degree is he going back to school for? Is he going for something work related? Why do you think that some places look down on online universities?
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@chadd_atl (288)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I acquired my Master of Arts degree through a medical school in Atlanta that offered distance learning. It's hard work and you have to be very self-disciplined to do it, but it was worth it. I had to go in once a month for 3 days: Friday night 6-10, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 9-3 (and on Sundays you take your big exams and turn in papers). After my coursework, I did my internship locally, which the school helped me obtain. If I went back to school again, I would definitely check out distance learning options.
• United States
21 Feb 07
Hi chadd_atl! I agree with you 100% that you have to have alot of self discipline to go to online school. I commend you for going and getting your Masters degree! That is quite an accomplishment especially since the majority of your learning was done online. I'm glad that you think you would try it again if you were to go back to school. Distance learning, especially for the "older" non-traditional student is a great option! Thanks for giving me your thoughts and congratulations again!
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