ONLINE EDUCATION vs CLASSROOMS

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    Aug 28, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    I am looking to go back to school for a few classes to update my skills and resume. I finished my grad work in the late 80's....and it was ALL face to face classroom setting. I have never done an online program before. Any trick this old dog needs to learn to make the transition work for me?

    I realize the younger guys may have only done online or a good mix. My sons are all doing a mix of classroom and online in college and HS.....The technology doesn't bother me, just not sure I have the personal disciple to do it and the social interaction seems to be missing......suggestions?
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    Aug 28, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    Hey Sporty_g,
    Good for you, going back to schoolicon_biggrin.gif. Well, I can tell you from experience, that online classes aren't really that much different from normal classes. I took several online classes while going to college, and now I am a full-time online student. Online classes are pretty much the same as normal classes, however there are several things you must always keep in mind.
    First, while you are part of a class, you are basically learning on your own. Some classes have forums that students can chat in, but not always. If you have the chance to talk to other student take advantage of it, but its not always necessary to your success in the class. Personally while I was talking classes at a local college, I barely interacted with the other student, and I found the group projects to be hard because the students had their own schedules I had to work around.
    If there are any special programs you need to work with and you don't know them very well, you are either going to have to do a lot of self-research or ask alot of questions. Even when you ask questions though, sometimes the answers won't be very helpful. I once asked a question and was just referred to an insturctional video I could have found on my own. Trust me google is your friend.icon_wink.gif
    Second, in online learning asking questions is alot different than asking in a normal classroom environment. I have had several teachers, some of which were very laid back, others of which were very strict. Though you are communicating through the internet, make sure to always keep it professional. Don't abbreviate, and don't use any internet lingo (such as replacing okay, with k, or using omg, lol, etc.) And make sure to ask questions as quickly as possible, sometimes it can take some time to get a response.
    Third, self-discipline is VERY important. You have to make sure to keep on top of your work and balance all your classes. There have been times when I did everything i needed to for one class, but I neglected another class. Trust me when I say, your teachers notice and they will confront you about it, and that is not a good feeling. icon_sad.gif
    Personally I like online classes better, since I can go at my own pace, which can sometimes be faster or slower than the teacher. As long as you are comfortable with the technology, understand what is expected of you and stay on top of it, you shouldn't have any problems.
    Good luck, hope this helpedicon_smile.gif
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Real education is a dialog. A lot of online schools are a monologue, that you have to pay to be able to not-participate in.

    If if were possible to learn effectively this way, we'd all be doctors from reading anatomy books, mathematicians from memorizing multiplication tables, and linguists from buying Spanish for Dummies.

    How often will you communicate with fellow students, and the professor? Will there be "office hours" where you can get extra guidance? Is "participation" something you can be graded on in the syllabus?

    Choose what program you do wisely, and get your money's worth.
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    I've taken some online classes in the past. I really hated it. I mean, I got A's in those classes. But I just felt like I wasn't learning. More like going through the motions. I like the face to face interaction with fellow students and with the instructor. To me, there's more to going to school than reading the books and taking the tests.
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    I made straight A's in college (4.0 GPA for the first 1.5 years, ending with a 3.86 GPA).

    The primary reason was I wanted to do everything possible to continue enjoying the eye candy of the hot college guys in class.

    100% honesty, that was the only reason I "applied myself" enough to excel in college. Other than that, I could care less. My career doesn't require a degree. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI've taken some online classes in the past. I really hated it. I mean, I got A's in those classes. But I just felt like I wasn't learning.
    That's because you weren't. You were being programmed.

    Personal interaction stimulates creativity. "Interactive" computerized classes is an oxymoron.
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    Aug 29, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    To be honest i found the online course i did easier at least it was for me...everybody is different and i enjoyed being able to do thing`s on my own.I`m independant so it worked out fine for me.

    Some great thing`s about doing it this way,more time to balance out doing your school work as well as other thing`s in your life.Where as a class room you would have to make sure you had nothing on those days to do so you could make your way on to which ever class room you were going to.

    if your looking for a piece of advice make sure that your life is not so busy that you can`t find the time to do school at home.

    I hope i wasn`t to late...i have no idea whether you made a decision or not but whatever you choose go at it full force.icon_biggrin.gif

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    Aug 29, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    I did both for college so I could get done quicker. You have to have discipline to actually do classes online because of the fact that you can just " not do them" and you don't have to " go anywhere". I found them to be a nice fit with regular classes because I could do the online ones at any random hour of the day/ night. I don't think they are a all around solution for everyone/ every major, Example would be an Anatomy class etc, you need the physical hands on lab to get it all in.
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    Aug 29, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    I'd recommend only doing online classes for GE classes or required courses like Mathematics, Humanities, Composition, etc. Classes you don't really care about and aren't invested in but you have to do them for credits.

    Since you're doing it for resume purposes, you should probably do the face-to-face classes. You absorb things easier, as long as your professor knows his stuff, and online classes are SO easy to slack on if you rack disciprine.
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    Aug 29, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    lookinforcars1 saidI did both for college so I could get done quicker. You have to have discipline to actually do classes online because of the fact that you can just " not do them" and you don't have to " go anywhere". I found them to be a nice fit with regular classes because I could do the online ones at any random hour of the day/ night. I don't think they are a all around solution for everyone/ every major, Example would be an Anatomy class etc, you need the physical hands on lab to get it all in.
    Pun intended?
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    Aug 30, 2012 1:29 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    lookinforcars1 saidI did both for college so I could get done quicker. You have to have discipline to actually do classes online because of the fact that you can just " not do them" and you don't have to " go anywhere". I found them to be a nice fit with regular classes because I could do the online ones at any random hour of the day/ night. I don't think they are a all around solution for everyone/ every major, Example would be an Anatomy class etc, you need the physical hands on lab to get it all in.
    Pun intended?




    AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH actually no but good job, if you only knew how often my mind finds the dirtiest of puns etc in a convo and brings them to light..... Good stuff icon_lol.gif