Online Courses

Location
Yuma, AZ
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Tuition (in-state)
$7,687 ($2,360)
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4 College Freshman

Online Courses: I think online courses are best to take only when a student can do the work and not procrastinate. I believe a person should take online courses that they'll understand because if they understand better online then in-class then take it. But if a student is taking the online corse because they don't want be in class that's a disadvantage because a student can earn a lot more in-class than online, just by engaging with professors and other students.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have only taken one online course but I did enjoy it. The workload was very manageable and the professor was very easy to get into contact with. The registration process was easy and there was a good amount of peer-to-peer interaction.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: Online classes are the best option, but only if the teacher is well organized with assignments.

2 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: Online courses can often be hard, especially when you don't quite understand the course. I usually learn better by seeing the person right there, teaching me something. Once, my mother was going to take an online class for Criminal Justice and as soon as she signed into her account, she got so frustrated and overwhelmed because of all the work she had to do. These online courses can be difficult at times, because one may not fully understand what the teacher is saying. The professor/student relationship is just bad because you probably never get to see the professors. I need to see my professor and to ask him questions face-to-face because I want an immediate response and not have to wait for them to email me back.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: For any smaller semesters such as the summer semester or winter semester, it is extremely stressful I thought. For some of the courses the workload is unbelievable. Though for some other course, it's somewhat manageable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1025th
    Best Online Professor Communication
  • 1243rd
    Best Tech Support
  • 1378th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zama Ouedraogo
Hometown
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Major
Biology and Computer Information System
Grad Year
2012
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Online courses provide a lot of flexibility and freedom to students; however, they call for more responsibility from students. Since most online courses are asynchronous, meaning that the students don't have to be at a computer at a specific time, students can participate in the course without simultaneous interaction. All they have to do is log in weekly to post responses and turn in assignments in order to contribute to the course. The schedule is determined by the student. Online courses require basic computer skills such as surfing the Internet, copying and pasting from a window to another window, creating folders and organizing files, and bookmarking, just to name a few. 

Degrees such as business administration, education, criminal justice, and general studies can be completed totally online at Arizona Western College. Many other courses that don't require labs are also available online. Blackboard is the software used for online classes; it has discussion boards that allow interaction between students and between students and the instructor, as well. There are weekly assignments, and usually every other week, there are tests or quizzes. Many midterms and finals are proctored, but a lot are not.

Facts & Statistics

Required Tech Skills
Prior to taking an online class, students should be able to proficiently navigate through the Internet, use search engines, and perform assorted email and word processing tasks. Students should also know how to use a word processing program like Microsoft Word, how to copy and paste from one screen to another, how to "bookmark" (add "Favorites"), and generally be familiar with organizing email, bookmarks, and word documents into files and folders. In addition, it's good to be familiar with using threaded discussion boards and/or chat rooms.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
A typical online course has about 20 students in the class. The professor will post assignments through Blackboard, and then typically the students will have to post on a discussion board.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
One the first week, students are given the course syllabus, which provides a guideline for the whole semester, along with the instructor's contact information and office hours. There are weekly assignments and usually, every other week, tests or quizzes. Many midterms and finals are proctored, but some aren't.
Online Testing & Grading
The content of online courses is just like face-to-face courses: weekly assignments, papers due at set dates, quizzes and exams, and participation. The grading and testing process depends on the instructor. The following is an example of grading method: participation counts for 10 percent, quizzes 20 percent, exams 40 percent, and midterms and final exams 30 percent.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 77 responses

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Excellent
  • Appropriate class sizes
  • Course availability
  • Section/class availability
  • Convenience
  • Course management system (submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc.)
  • Discussion/interaction with other students
  • Manageability of workload
  • Tutoring assistance
  • Tech support
  • User-friendly technology

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of your online courses?    Based on 78 responses

  • 26% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 21% Will advance my career
  • 18% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Waste of time
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 77 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interaction with students
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
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