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4 College Senior

Online Courses: The online classes that I have taken have been good. I have only had one class with a "bad" professor, but I would recommend them to students that do not have the availability to take all of their classes on campus. It takes some getting used to, especially when it comes to contacting the professor. There can be a delay when interacting with students and professors, but it is manageable. The course work is well balanced and distributed throughout the semester and is easy to manage if taking other classes.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: I'm currently taking my first online class and I must say, it is very convenient considering I have a 10 month old. He's my first child but I knew that I wanted to continue with school so I took online classes into consideration.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: Easy to learn, good flexibilt

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I think they are great because of how much easier it is to be able to do things on your time frame and not have someone standing over you expecting to have a specific amount of work or material turned in at one specific time. It's just easier because if I get home late from work and I'm wide awake and want to work on my class assignment at 1am, I can.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: I have taken online and "hybrid" (classroom +online) classes. As far as workload is concerned, I believe the professor makes the difference, especially regarding time management (prompt grading, deadlines, feedback). I had a pleasant experience.


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The online classes at Crafton come in two types: pure online classes and hybrid classes that have both online and classroom parts. In either case, the online part can be done from any computer with a standard Web browser. The hybrid classes range from mostly online, with monthly class meetings, to mostly classroom, with homework and tests submitted through the online system. While only rudimentary computer skills are required, knowing a little more (like how to work in a word processor and paste into a Web browser or how to do attachments) will help considerably. Understanding HTML adds the ability to customize postings, and other computer skills do have a place, too. These things are just not required for performing the assigned work and tests. When it comes to the exact nature of the coursework and how it is graded, it will depend completely on the professor. Some will want heavy participation, which means posting and replying to posts, whereas others may be mostly test-focused. Usually, there is some balance, but in classes like English, where papers are king, one item will be weighted heavily.

Overall, if a student wants a good grade, he or she must expect to put in time and effort. Just because a class is online does not mean it is easier or has less content. You will need to be able to do a lot more reading, and because there is a delay between questions and answers, students need to get the reading started quickly. There may also be links to websites and videos, as well as book chapters to read. So while there is flexibility in when students spend time in an online class, expect it to be at least as much time as one might spend on any other class—if not more.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
  • Don't load up on a lot of extra online classes, thinking it's a breeze. They can involve a lot of work.
  • If you have problems, you need to call the help desk and get a trouble ticket number. Otherwise, unfinished work (because of a system problem) is your fault.
  • It can be hard to get in touch with an "online" professor.
  • No two professors run their online classes the same way.
  • A ton of students wait until the last minute to do a week's worth of work-really bad idea.
Required Tech Skills
Crafton Hills uses the Blackboard online educational software, which works with most major browsers. This allows it to be used by anyone who has basic online skills. However, it does not always format text well, which means that if you want to make something look exactly how you want it, you would need to know HTML to be able to edit the work.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
Typically, the "lecture" is a reading section that is put up at the beginning of the week and that highlights facts in the textbook while adding to them. There are usually other postings about what needs to be done that week, and students have until the end of the week to get it all done. Many times, there are instructions to reply to other posts, so the sooner individuals post, the better it is for the whole class.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Every week, there will be new information and a quiz or test on it. You will be required to post comments, answers, and other work, and then reply to what other students have done. This is structured to be a replacement for all that is done in a physical classroom, which includes lectures, discussions, quizzes, and exams.
Online Testing & Grading
Online grades, like all Crafton grades, are weighted according to how the professor has chosen. For example, in an online English class, the papers generally have the largest percentage of the grade, and everything else is only a quarter of the grade. In contrast, math classes generally have a very distributed grading system, and some computer science classes have been all about the tests. However, tests are generally open book and open notes because they can be taken anywhere at any time.
Did You Know?
  • Hybrid online classes meet weekly or monthly for lectures or classwork, and do most coursework online.
  • You can have more homework in an online class than in a classroom.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 64 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 61 responses

  • 25% Learned a lot of new things
  • 21% Applicable to the real world
  • 21% Learned a few new things
  • 16% Will advance my career
  • 6% Will help me switch careers
  • 6% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 5% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 64 responses

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