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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 11:34am
I know this is off topic, but I need to know if anyone has done this so I can figure out what I'm doing about school!!

I'm just wondering if anyone has ever taken an online college class. I'm thinking about taking one this summer, but I've never done it before so I don't know how they work. So if you have, did you like it better or worse than a regular one? What did/didn't you like about it? Would you do it again?? Thank you so much! I'm trying to get this college thing figured out...I met with the Millersville people today (the college I'm transferring to) and I feel MUCH better after talking to him (I was sooooo worried about having to go like 2 extra years b/c I'm transferring), I should be able to graduate with adding only an extra year on, which puts me in 2006 instead of 2005. Hopefully everything works out!

Lindsay

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 12:29pm
Lindsay, I actually took a few on line classes while I was in college. They are very convenient, but seem to be alittle harder since you dont have that class time with a teacher. You are pretty much on your own. I would not recommend any MATH, SCIENCES,ENGLISH, OR HISTORY classes. Stick with classes you know you can handle alone. For instance, I took an on line Health class and it was really cool. You do have to go to class at least once or twice during a semester. That is for any exams you may take. They cannot do those on line all the time. Some teachers will, but some schools make you show your face at least once. I suppose since someone else could be doing the course for you and they would never know. My Ex-Husband took an on line English class, and he could not handle it. When there is alot of information to cover within the subject, it can be hard. There are ways you can handle it, by contacting the teacher often, and getting into study groups with folks who are taking the same on line course. Over all, the easy classes are best to take on line. For example, Health, history, computer courses, and maybe some sociology courses. I am sure there are many others that can be easy. Just stay away from English and Math on line courses. Those courses seem to requuire more of one on one teaching terms. If you need to take a harder class on line, be prepared. It can be hard being on your own with a subject you know nothing about. When you go to class for the first time, you get more from what the teacher expects and it seems easier to read what you have to put into the course. On line,you have no way of knowing what is expected in your work, or for the course. If you decide to do it, just make sure the course is well explained on paper for you. If you have questions, ask! Dont think you can do it alone if you cant. That is why you pay the college. To teach you. Goodluck and I hope I could help you alittle.

Gail

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 2:28pm
I wouldn't do it if you are looking to go into any career/profession that cares about the type of school you went to - for example, I attended a college in the city university system and even though I did very well, since it was not prestigious it has been something on my resume that I have had to "explain" as in "why did you go there" many many times that I have interviewed, as well as in some professional situations. Certainly one class can't hurt but I would advise against it unless it is absolutely essential. I also think that you then cheat yourself out of the true "college" experience.

Deena (who wishes she were still in school!!)

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Registered: 03-19-2003
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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 2:31pm
I'm currently doing my schooling online. I just finished Business and Technology. Currently have college algebra and composition. The math one was longer so I was taking it the same time with business. It's not that difficult to me at the moment, well maybe math has gotten there. I have been out of school setting for 7 yrs and haven't had algebra in 9. But, the teacher is always there, even through IM and I can work at my own pace. It is all up to what you can do. You will need to be focused enough to get it done without having a teacher there all the time saying this is due on this day. I am not reminded when anything is due it is known from the course syllabus at the beginning. That's why I like it, I know what needs to be done and when so I can juggle my everyday hassles and get my course work done on time. It is all on what you can handle, let us know what you decide and if you need help.

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 4:03pm
The whole school isn't an online thing. Its just one class...the college offers several online for convenience I guess...the rest of them I would take at the actual college. It would be a Special Education course, so I'm thinking it would probably be a lot of reading, but I'm prepared to do that...hopefully there are still some spots open :)

Thanks to you and everyone else who responded!!

Lindsay

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