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5 College Senior

Online Courses: I get to choose when it is easier for me to be able to work on my schoolwork. The professors are available at anytime with a quick email.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have been to a few school online and this school is the best by far. They really do a good job at making sure that you understand what it going on and they provide you with assistance whenever you need it. I feel they truly care about my success.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: Everything was very easy when starting online classes at Kaplan! I had someone walking me through the entire registration process and my advisors check up on me regularly.

4 College Freshman

Online Courses: I love my online course because I am on my time and I can email my school and teachers when I need them

4 College Senior

Online Courses: I like the online courses because I can work on assignments when it is convenient for me as long as I meet my deadlines. It is hard to develop relationships with classmates and the professors.

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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 542 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 583 responses

  • 29% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 26% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% 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 546 responses

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

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