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5 College Senior

Online Courses: I was nervous when I found out a majority of my classes would be online last semester, but all my nerves were assuaged by the simplicity and straightforwardness of the technology used by Ivy Tech. I had to deal with two unique databases, or forums. One for AH classes, and one for normal classes. Both were very easy to use and made the class fun ad engaging. The professors were always very easy to reach and were helpful. Even the professors that I never met face to face treated me like a promising student. Any discussion boards between my peers and I were carried out with maturity and professionalism. Also, the registration process was a breeze!

4 College Senior

Online Courses: The online class experience I had with this school is their honors college called "American Honors." It is a separate platform used for specifically honors courses. It is very flexible where you can take the class at home or in your office. You were on the webcam twice a week with maximum of 10 students. Instead of your professor lecturing that specific days a student you have to read that topic before class and actually know it. Then the class just discusses that topic and the students and the professor are able to engage more into the actual topic. The work load to me was "busy work," writing papers and discussion forms each week for each online class you are in is a lot of work. Overall online class are very nice, because it gives you a little more flexibility where as traditional classes you have to be there face to face at a specific time and place.

2 College Senior

Online Courses: I personally do not do well with online course and have notoriously received a lower grade in every course I have taken online. I avoid them because they not only assign a lot more homework than traditional classes, bu it is much easier to miss an assignment due date.

5 College Freshman

Online Courses: I really enjoy my online course. I really enjoy the small class group, and the one on one interaction that I have with my instructor.

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4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I prefer having time to do assignments.

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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 158 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 162 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
  • 5% 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 159 responses

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