Travelar, on 05 March 2012 - 19:28, said:
So at this point I say, if it works for you, go for it. I found it a little overwhelming at first, but once I figured out how to manage my workload and time, it became much easier. I would have no problems recommending an online University to someone. Like anywhere else, you get good instructors and bad. The biggest thing that I have a problem with is gauging what the professor wants in a deliverable. For me, it is more difficult without the human interaction, but I think the professors tend to grant some additional slack because they know this too.
Good luck to you.
It takes an incredible amount of discipline to do online schooling. It's simply too easy to slack off and trying to figure out time and workload management will be difficult until you're in a couple of courses. Travelar, one of my biggest problems I had is what I bolded in your statement. The first week of class every instructor will provide a "questions" thread and it's the only question I ever ask, what the professor expects of us and what he is looking for in our work.
threetonesun, on 05 March 2012 - 20:03, said:
Out of curiosity, how much does the average online class cost? A lot of state colleges near me offer mixed learning classes (go to class or do it online), are relatively cheap (for college), and you could actually meet the professor and talk with other students which, to me, is a huge part of taking classes in the first place.
at Phoenix it's $1,805 per course including resource materials/books. You can do both class and online, the traditional classes are about $100/200 cheaper.
That averages out to about $16,000 a year
JonathanVP, on 05 March 2012 - 20:22, said:
I graduated from Keller Graduate school with a MBA and a MPM (Project Management). Keller is part of DeVry University and has both an online and onsite component which I took both. I am also attending an online law school and may take an online doctorate program afterwards. The online experience is not for everyone. The online experience requires both discipline and time management which can easily be overlooked but are essential traits for the job force.
In my experience, I have had a positive experience in the work force because of my online education. Even thought the online educational format has an ufounded stigma, many recruiters, hiring managers, and start ups are looking for people who can exhibit the maturity and the discipline to graduate and to apply the knowledge learned.
I think that as more and more people are attending online universities, this stigma will go away. Like I've been saying, it's what you make of it, so if you actually learn it, understand it, capable of critical thinking, and application I think you will be just fine.
threetonesun, on 05 March 2012 - 20:30, said:
Also, I would add that's it's very regional. If you're in the middle of North Dakota, online universities make a ton of sense. If you're in New York or Boston, everyone is going to expect that you've gone to a physical school.
No. I live in Los Angeles and work full time and travel often. I used to go to class which meant leaving work at 4pm and sitting in traffic for an hour and half, **** me, I should have died or killed someone at least a dozen times driving exhausted. Now I can school anywhere, even on a plane or on vacation and not spend more on gas than I have to, and most importantly on my own time.
These stigma's need to go away already. I had negative views about online universities until I did my own research.