Online Courses

Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
9,376
Tuition (in-state)
$6,270 ($1,238)
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3 College Senior

Online Courses: Not applicable to me but I have heard of other people's experiences

3 College Senior

Online Courses: I'm not enjoying my current online course but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't enjoy another, maybe. I'm taking Asian Art history and I believe that I would be learning so much more if I could be in class with the professor and other students. But I believe that online courses are a great resource for those who don't have the time to go to class.

College Sophomore

Online Courses: I haven't taken any online courses throughout my time here.

3 College Student

Online Courses: They can be a bit irritating but I really did see an improvement after doing it.

College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have not yet taken an online course

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 437th
    Best Online Professor Communication
  • 1339th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1410th
    Best Tech Support

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Student opinions vary about online courses. Some find the flexibility and convenience wonderful, while others find the loose structure challenging because it makes them procrastinate. But the general feedback is that online courses offer students the chance to plan school around their own schedules. Dubbed "long distance learning" at City College, the online courses are designed so that students can still take classes while being away from campus.

Students take online classes for various reasons, but it should be kept in mind that online classes are not independent learning sessions. There are often clear expectations and timelines for assignments, even though students do not meet up physically in class every week. Some may feel that online courses are lacking in student-to-student interactions, but there are indeed interactions among students—the only difference being the interface.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
Group work can be a horrible experience because of lazy students.
Required Tech Skills
The City College Web site for distance learning states that for Windows computers, Window 2000 and XP are recommended, with 600 MHz and 128 MB RAM as the minimum requirements. For Mac computers, the Mac O.S 10.4 with 600 MHz and 256 MB RAM is required. Beyond the basic software and hardware requirements, students should also be comfortable with using a computer and accessing the Internet.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
The City College Web site for distance learning states that online courses are "not self-paced." Deadlines for projects, assignments, and examinations give many online courses a structure, and students are expected to keep themselves motivated and updated on course materials and expectations. Online courses do not differ from traditional courses in their credit system. However, the main difference between online and traditional courses is that students have more flexibility to plan school around their own schedules with online courses. In fact, the expectations for online courses are just as demanding for regular courses.
Online Testing & Grading
Just like regular classes, this can vary depending on the instructor and the course itself. Instructors generally make their expectations known at the beginning of the semester. When in doubt, contact the instructor of the online class for help.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 75 responses

Very poor
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 74 responses

  • 26% Learned a few new things
  • 24% Applicable to the real world
  • 17% Learned a lot of new things
  • 16% Will advance my career
  • 9% Will help me switch careers
  • 7% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 2% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

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