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3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I had some trouble with the online classes, but are still great.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: its a good experience with online classes i really appreciate college

2 College Junior

Online Courses: I've only taken one online course so far, and if this is the experience I have with all future online classes, I may avoid online classes altogether. With my current Professor for my online course, there isn't much communication, the work load is only somewhat manageable depending on your schedule. There's no real focus when it comes to what topics are more heavily discussed on important tests such as the midterm. I am not a fan of how my current online Professor goes about the class I'm currently taking and I wish I'd never taken it at all.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Easy and interesting classes that are fun to take. Professors are great and easy to talk to. Very educated in their fields.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: Personally I haven't had an online course, but my sister and cousin did. I used to help my sister with homework and remember it was easy to understand since instructions were always clear. There was never a problem when turning in assignments and tests. If she had a question she could email the teacher and rapidly had a response. This semester I will be having an online course myself.

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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.

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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 125 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 126 responses

  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 24% Applicable to the real world
  • 23% Will advance my career
  • 18% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Waste of time
  • 3% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 127 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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