Online Courses

Location
Moorpark, CA
Undergrads
5,918
Tuition (in-state)
$7,050 ($1,338)
Branch Campus Of
Ventura County Community Colleges
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5 College Freshman

Online Courses: The very best online courses and they are super cheap. Totally one of the best things this school has to offer.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: The workload is managable around your schedule depending on each professor.

College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have not taken any online courses

4 College Senior

Online Courses: I've only taken one online class. class was very useful and student interaction played a huge part

3 College Senior

Online Courses: Online courses are convenient for students to get their work done at home. Instead of going to campus and having to find parking. But students have to keep track of due dates because the instructor will not repeat the due date. In addition, online courses makes it easier to talk to a professor without interfering with the lecture. As long as the student stays on track and turns everything on time. Then the student should do quite find.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1128th
    Best Online Professor Communication
  • 1391st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1418th
    Best Tech Support

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Maclen Stanley
Hometown
Simi Valley, CA
Major
Human Development
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At Moorpark, online courses abound. There are oodles of online courses, and they range, literally, from the fields of anatomy to zoology. Typical online courses are run via a Web site called Desire2Learn. Even the most technologically inept individual can usually figure out an online course within a few days, as the Web site is remarkably straightforward. Many senior students, whose prime far preceded the computer era, handle online courses without issue. Nevertheless, should problems arise for students, Moorpark offers instructional sessions in the library to review online features. 

Contrary to what the name implies, online courses are often not entirely "online." Lecture notes, homework assignments, and quizzes are run via the Web portal (online), but midterms and final examinations are usually taken on campus. This is an important aspect that most students overlook. Do not sign up for an online course with mental images of yourself sitting behind your own computer, book in hand, galavanting your way through your midterm. The most important aspect of Moorpark College's online courses is that they can be very hit-or-miss. Some professors are extremely strict with their online courses, while others make the class so entirely simple, that students question whether they are actually in college (the latter could be a pro or a con). Given such a wide variation between classes, students must be prepared for virtually anything, or use professor review Web sites in order to help avoid disaster.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
  • Don't expect a cakewalk.
  • How easy it is to navigate the Web portals/online features
  • The large amount of work required when stuck with a demanding professor
Required Tech Skills
The Web site through which classes are run is very simple. If you can handle a Facebook page, you can likely handle an online class. However, if problems do arise, the Moorpark College Library offers seminars for online classes. Also, the professors running the classes are often helpful (via e-mail or office hours) with technological matters.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
Online courses are usually regimented in weeks. In a typical week, you can expect a great deal of lecture notes and a quiz/homework assignment.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Some online classes have a remarkably short duration. Should you enroll in an accelerated course, you must be prepared to receive a wealth of information in a very short amount of time. Online courses are about thriving in a realm of independence. For an accelerated course, there will likely be weekly quizzes, homework assignments, and one on-campus final. For a regular-length course, expect two on-campus exams and one on-campus final.
Online Testing & Grading
Most online classes require exams to be administered on campus with a proctor. The exams are taken just like in a regular class, with multiple choice questions on a Scantron and possible essay questions. Quizzes and homework assignments, which usually aren't very heavily weighted, are done online.

Did You Know?
Some online classes are only four weeks long! Better yet, your transcript doesn't denote anything differently from a regular course. Imagine getting a whole semester's worth of work done in one month. It's challenging, but when you've finished and you're walking away from the final with an A, you'll think, "Best. Decision. Ever."

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 76 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 83 responses

  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 23% Applicable to the real world
  • 19% Learned a few new things
  • 14% Will advance my career
  • 9% Waste of time
  • 5% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 5% Will help me switch careers

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

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