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4 College Junior

Online Courses: As long as my laptop stays connected to the wifi I'm good lol

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I believe that online classes are the best because I am able to work on my assignments during the week while I am at work.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: If it were my choice, I would take all my courses on campus. Unfortunately, there's been many times I've had to take online courses either due to day(s) and/or time(s) on campus courses were being held. For me personally, I would much rather have an instructor teach the material face-to-face and have the ability to ask questions. From my experience taking online courses, each week the instructor just tells the students what they're to do for that week and that's pretty make it.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: We have Blackboard Learn, which basically allows students (even on-campus students) to submit work, see their grades, and interact with teachers and other students. The interaction is pretty good, as most teachers give a grade and tell you why. The features in online courses are cool, too, as they give multiple shortcuts to helpful links like sending e-mails, scheduling an appointment with your adviser, and seeing immediate announcements from your courses.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Online tools are used alot with class that I actually attend, therefore, they are easy to use.


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Online courses are great. You get to take the class on your own time when it is convenient for you. However, at first, taking an online course on Blackboard can be a bit confusing.

Students should take the online orientation course before they begin their main classes over the Internet. Also, they should be sure they are independent workers with enough time to devote to the courses. To complete online classes, students need to be able to push themselves and stay on track.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
The school website can be disorganized.
Required Tech Skills
Students need to know how to use a computer, the Internet, and send attachments via email.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
A typical online class involves reading chapters, watching PowerPoint presentations, participating in online discussions, and being assigned projects. Teachers will go over previous homework and preview future assignments. Usually, you have two days to finish the homework.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
A typical online course involves reading books, participating in online discussions with other students, and having a few major projects over the semester. The average class size is between 15 and 20 students. Students will generally have a final at the end of the term.
Online Testing & Grading
Online testing and grading are about the same as regular courses. The grading works on the A, B, C, D, and F scales. Tests are online and timed.
Did You Know?
  • Ivy Tech has 350 classes online and 12 online degree programs.
  • Blackboard is an online interface where you can view assignments, talk to your teachers, and see your grades. If you take any online classes, you will take them through Blackboard. Blackboard is a great place to submit projects, contact professors, and view your progress in your classes.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 140 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 145 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 21% Learned a lot of new things
  • 18% Will advance my career
  • 17% Learned a few new things
  • 7% Will help me switch careers
  • 4% Waste of time
  • 4% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 141 responses

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