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4 College Junior

Online Courses: I would rather do online than go to the traditional classroom

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5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Always someone to contact for help. Can work on my own time with manageable workloads and reasonable deadlines. Student interaction is the best.

5 College Freshman

Online Courses: This school thrives through their online courses. They are the only courses I take.

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4 College Freshman

Online Courses: Online works great with me as I am a mother of three and it allows me the flexability.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Everything at Kaplan has been amazing. The professors are wonderful and extremely helpful with anything you need. My fellow classmates are respectful and fun to talk to. The workload as an online student is heavy, but if you want to succeed then you'll be just fine. If you have difficulty managing your school work and the rest of your life, there is a time management seminar almost every month for any student to attend.

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Kaplan University offers many online degree programs—everything from certificates to master’s options. Each program has core requirements, major requirements, and open electives. Generally, the typical online class consists of lectures and live seminars. Students can access the class lectures via a link on their student home page, and the times for the hour-long seminars are also posted here. Since all these courses are done online, the student-teacher relationship relies heavily on a student’s ability to communicate. Professors can be reached through e-mail, AIM, or phone. The professors also encourage students to interact with one another by discussing what they just learned through discussion board posts and the live seminars—it is usually a requirement to make a certain number of discussion board posts a week. The discussion boards allow students to give their feedback, and each student offers a different perspective in their answers to the given questions. All tests are done online. Most are timed, but they generally give you adequate time to complete them.

If you want good grades, it’s in your best interest to get all your work in on time because points are deducted in each class for late homework or assignments given by the professors. Also, it is hard to catch up if you fall behind on your assignments, which will cause some stress, so take this into consideration. In terms of technology, you need to have basic knowledge to attend an online university, but Kaplan will work with you every step of the way to help make you comfortable.

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Required Tech Skills
Students should already have a general idea about basic technology to even consider choosing an online university over a brick-and-mortar institution. Technology plays a big role in the online class environment, but everything at Kaplan is set up to be easily accessible to students. To help new students navigate through the site, Kaplan University Online offers an orientation with information that shows students how to get around the online campus and to familiarize them with the technology they will be using. Kaplan also requires students to have Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, for their assignments. Many assignments require the use of Word, and this program will also help aid students with their grammar and punctuation, which are major requirements on all discussion posts and assignments.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
The typical online class consists of a lecture accessed through a link on a remote window from the student's home page. This will also provide the time that the live seminar will occur. The seminars and/or lectures are held once a week, and the times are chosen to fit into the students' schedules. The seminars last an hour, and the information provided is based on the weekly assignments. Students are also able to ask questions regarding the work that has been assigned and/or other questions regarding the course.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
There are 10 units in each 10-week course. The tests or quizzes are taken at the end of the units, which begin on Wednesday and end on midnight of the following Tuesday. Students are given assignments at the beginning of the week on Wednesday. Reading assignments, discussion posts, projects, and all other assignments are to be finished by the given time, which is usually seven days.
Online Testing & Grading
In some classes, the quizzes and tests are timed, and you are only allowed one chance to take it. In other classes, students are allowed to take them more than once. This depends on the professor you have and/ or Kaplan's policy on that course. The grading points for the course add up to 1,000 points, and discussion posts, assignments, and finals make up the majority of points.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 579 responses

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  • 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 619 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 13% Will help me switch careers
  • 6% 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 583 responses

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

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