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Some of the subjects that are offered online include health, chemistry, anthropology, physical education, biology, and library studies. A typical online course consists of daily readings and regular assignments that are completed through WebCT. There will also be timed exams and a final, which can be in the form of a research paper or an exam, depending on the class you are taking.

You do not have to be a computer genius to take an online class. You just need to know how to work a computer, how to use the Internet, how to use email, and how to access your account online. Using your email is essential because that is basically the only way you'll be communicating with your professor. This is not a regular course in which you see your teacher face to face. You need email in case you have problems or questions about the course. You can communicate with students as well because their email addresses will be available to you online.

Finally, your grade will be decided based on the completed assignments and exams. It's straightforward, so do the work and learn something in order to ace the class.

Facts & Statistics

Required Tech Skills
For an online course, you need to know how to use a computer and navigate in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and other Web browsers.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
Teachers who give online courses tell you exactly what they expect from you. However, you can work at your own pace as long as you complete everything by the end of the course. It's good to get things done ahead of time so that you don't have to cram in the end in order to achieve a good grade in the course.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Students should expect daily assignments, a lot of reading from the textbook, exams, and research papers.
Online Testing & Grading
Tests can be taken from any computer, but they are timed and the maximum time you have to take a test online is one hour. Grading is based on online assignments, tests, and a final, which can be an exam or a research paper, depending on the course you are taking.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 34 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 37 responses

  • 25% Learned a few new things
  • 21% Applicable to the real world
  • 19% Will advance my career
  • 18% Learned a lot of new things
  • 9% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 4% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

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