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4 College Sophomore

Online Courses at Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg: I took one online math course, and I liked that we were held individually responsible to learn the material as outlined in the schedule, and there was more than one method of learning. The course was set up in a way that students could learn from the textbook, the professor's notes/online classroom, and/or through interaction with others in the class.

4 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses at Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg: I just want to say one word about the virtual classes and that is unbelievably easy!

2 College Sophomore

Online Courses at Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg: It's a lot harder to know when things are due and if you aren't paying close enough attention to the entire page and all of it's nooks you will miss deadlines. Proffessors are ok to reach if you need them but they can take a while to answer your emails and it's not fun. They do not remind you of any deadlines either so you can't count on them to even casually mention that something is due at one time or another. Online Courses are difficult in those terms alone.

College Junior

Online Courses at Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg: I did online at Portland Community College and it was a hassle and a headache. I had to wait hours and hours just for a yes or no response.

4 College Junior

Online Courses at Harrisburg Area Community College - Gettysburg: I have so far only taken on online class and it was really interesting. It was about human development and I had to simulate having a child and learn and analyze my parenting style

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 801st
    Best Tech Support
  • 896th
    Best Online Professor Communication
  • 1365th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Callan Campbell
Hometown
Williamstown
Major
Humanities, Languages, and the Arts
Grad Year
2011
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With HACC’s online courses, there’s no need to be incredibly tech-savvy to succeed. A basic computer that’s kept up-to-date won’t have any problems meeting the technological requirements. There’s also no need to worry about the famous controversy of PC or Mac—they are both sufficient. With only the basic computer skills, one can easily interact with his or her professors and fellow students as well as submit assignments and take tests and quizzes. To better utilize the resources available to make the courses as fulfilling and informative as possible, professors often custom-design their class formatting, which can be confusing. Thankfully, the professors provide the students with a guidebook, allowing them to get the feel of navigating through the unique formats.

Quizzing and testing procedures may vary between professors. Some require proctored exams, which are mainly the math and economic courses, but many allow them to be taken at home. More often than not, there is a discussion board that serves as class participation and homework submissions. This is where one can talk, ask questions, and get to know his or her fellow students as well as the professor. A word of caution: Online courses can be pretty “hands-off,” and sometimes professors are hard to get in contact with right away. Those who aren’t strongly independent learners may find that they won’t prefer this method of learning. Overall, online courses are a great option for those who can’t get to campus due to a job, family, or other obligation.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
There's no need to worry about whether you have a PC or Mac.
Required Tech Skills
Only the most basic tech skills are required. You don't have to be that technologically advanced to succeed in online courses.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
A single day may involve responding to online discussions or turning in assignments via the online portal.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Like a traditional class, online classes will start out with a syllabus outlining the course. It's up to the student to stay up-to-date on assignments, logging in daily.
Online Testing & Grading
Grading is generally spread out throughout the semester. Depending on the professor, participation points could be included (e.g., participating in discussion boards, etc.). Different assignments can also be weighed differently. Tests are taken online and are timed.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

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  • 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 135 responses

  • 25% Applicable to the real world
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 20% Learned a few new things
  • 19% Will advance my career
  • 7% Waste of time
  • 4% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 137 responses

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