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4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: It has been a good experience with a reasonable work load. I don't feel as though I'm missing anything by not being in a classroom.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: I love the online classes, but I do not love the online system. I gave some feedback on overall education earlier, please read that comment also! Really, it should be full access mobile friendly site. The mobile site right now is very very limited in your functionality, which doesn't help if I am a student on the go trying to read the lecture notes as I wait at the doctor's office. But I think the teachers give us all of the resources, respond quickly, and grade fairly. However, the online classes have very little interaction. This does not help stimulate the education.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I haven't tried the online class but it would be very helpful somewhat in the future

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I personally do not know about the online courses because I have not taken any. I know it is very difficult to sign up for online courses.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: I've only taken a few online classes at PCC. I really prefer campus classes, but I find online to be more convenient in the summer.

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PCC offers online classes as another option for students who need to have flexible schedules. With online classes, students have homework every week as well as discussions. The teacher gives students at least one week to complete every assignment. Sometimes, the teacher even lets the students know in advance what's coming up, as dictated by the syllabus, so there are really no huge surprises.

The grading is similar to classroom-style grading. In fact, sometimes it is easier since it is an online class. There shouldn’t be any concerns about online classes since you can always email the instructor for clarification. With online classes, PCC also offers online tutoring to help students succeed; students can also meet up with fellow classmates on campus for extra help, if they wish. Some students think that online classes are very difficult since they cannot ask questions and see instructors face to face, but that’s not always true. Students can contact their teacher by email or post questions via class discussions online; typically, the teacher or even a classmate will respond, so students have a good support system in place. There is more help and resources available to students than they think—it's just knowing the right doors to open.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
You don't need an immense amount of technology knowledge.
Required Tech Skills
Students need to know basic skills, including the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and how to access the Internet.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
Online classes involve a lot of reading and independent work.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
An entire online course typically consists of self-directed learning. Students log in, read particular materials, complete assignments, and post to forums.
Online Testing & Grading
Online testing is completed online, so you don't need to go to a facility to take a test. Also, the tests are typically timed.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 196 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 201 responses

  • 25% Applicable to the real world
  • 23% Learned a lot of new things
  • 22% Learned a few new things
  • 17% Will advance my career
  • 7% Will help me switch careers
  • 4% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 3% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 193 responses

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