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5 College Senior

Online Courses: I enjoy using online courses because I can log in at any time. The downside of online courses is there is little interaction with other students, and I don't get to be present for actual lectures in a classroom.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: All the classes are fully explained to you by your instructor with directions of what they want you to do

5 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses easy to navigate.

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5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have really enjoyed my experience with the online courses through Ashford than any other college.

5 College Senior

Online Courses: I can do my work at my own pace

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Taking online classes is a good choice for anyone who leads a busy life and would like to get his degree, or someone who would like to finish a degree that he started and couldn't complete due to unforeseen circumstances. The classes are generally five weeks long and start with an introductory discussion due by the first day of the week in the first week of the course. This is a student's chance to tell the instructor and classmates a little about himself, like family life, educational goals, and future goals. By the end of the five-week course, there is usually a research paper due that is about 25 percent of the student's grade. Within the five weeks, there may be quizzes and other assignments due. By the second or third week, the instructor may ask for a preparatory draft or outline to see how a student's final project/research paper is going. 

To log into the student portal, a student does not have to be computer savvy.  Ashford will send a link to students through their e-mail with a username and the student will come up with a password. Once the student is in the portal, he will be directed to the current class. Just click on the class to get into the class, although a student usually cannot log into a class until about a day or two before class starts. Once logged into the class, the assignments are broken up into the five weeks. The instructor will give a guide to the current week's assignments. Should the student have any questions regarding the week's assignments, there is a dropdown menu to send the instructor an e-mail to ask about anything that is not understood, or to let the instructor know of anything that comes up. The instructor is usually pretty good about getting back within the next day, or by Monday if the e-mail is sent on Friday.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
You don't have to be computer savvy to excel in an online course.
Required Tech Skills
Other than knowing how to turn on a computer and follow directions, you don't really need any high-tech skills. The student portal is pretty straightforward, providing students a direct link into the system. Plus, if you do have any questions or need help, assistance is available with just a click of a mouse.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Courses run five weeks, with students required to participate in two discussion posts, a written assignment, plus one or two quizzes each week. The first discussion post has to be posted by Day 3 of a class week, and then the other discussion post and assignments are due by Day 7. Typically, an Ashford class starts out with around 30 students, but many drop out by the end of the course. Student interaction is great. Generally, students will chat with each other in online forums and discussions. The instructors are also helpful, especially since most of them have taken online classes themselves.
Online Testing & Grading
Tests are online, timed, and typically consist of multiple-choice or true-or-false questions. The student has 90 minutes to complete the test before it is shut off due to inactivity. If the student doesn't have time to complete the test, he may save his answers until he is ready to submit it, usually on the sixth day of the week. The final paper makes up about 25 percent of a student's final grade. The rest of the grade is based on discussion posts and other assignments.
Did You Know?
Online courses at Ashford University are a convenient way to work, have a family, and still have time to complete your studies. With online courses, there is only one five-week class to concentrate on until the five-week course ends. There is no worrying about other classes, except for the one class you are currently enrolled in.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 992 responses

Very poor
  • 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 1,022 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 11% Will help me switch careers
  • 8% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 985 responses

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


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