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4 College Junior

Online Courses: The instructors are nice and willing to help their students. The syllabuses given out provide information for reaching out to them. Also, they are willing to help through email. I have never did an online course because I'm good with face to face interaction.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: Taking online courses or the blended option just made my studies simpler ,i saved on transportation and it was done in the confort of my home. the registration process just like registering for face to face or class option quick and simple. student teacher interaction was the best as i am being updated about assignments and much more.

4 College Freshman

Online Courses: I love online courses, I think the system is great and the flexibility is amazing.

5 College Senior

Online Courses: Having only taken one online course, I was pleased with the experience. I do not prefer this method only because I am a kinesthetic learner and prefer to be in a classroom using a hands-on approach with learning new things.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Pretty easy to navigate just dont sign up for classes by accident there is a 55 dollar drop fee

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At the Community College of Baltimore County, students have the choice to take traditional classroom courses or online courses. Some students argue that online classes are the best to take; however, taking both is a great experience.
When a student at CCBC enrolls in an online course, he or she must be sure to know when the course starts and ends to avoid any future problems. All of the online courses are provided by the site called WebCT.

Once a student has entered into WebCT's main directory, he will see a course list, with links for the student to click. There are 10 course content sections that help explain everything about a class, including announcements, assessments, calendars, discussions, mail, syllabus, Web link, and occasionally an "instructor's bio," so students can get to know a professor. The announcements section is available in case there are any mistakes or new updates. The assessments are basically the quizzes or tests, with grades automatically calculated. Discussions are the most fun because students get to interact with one another and post comments. Discussions are a public way for the professor to grade every student on participation. In the mail section, a student can e-mail the professor or classmates about assignments, help, tutoring, etc. Just below the mail section is the syllabus, which illustrates course information, grading, rubrics, assignments, and the instructor's information. When a student clicks on the Web link section, there are additional Web sites that they can visit.

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Biggest Surprises
There was never any negative interaction in the chat room sessions.
Required Tech Skills
At minimum, students must know how to navigate a mouse around the screen, use word processing software, download files, and be able to read and send e-mail (including attaching document files to e-mails).
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
Lectures, lectures, and more lectures-only in an online format. However, aside from lectures, students will often have online discussions and post comments to each other.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
An online course usually consists of readings, online discussions, maybe a research essay, and two tests (the midterm and the final). Class sizes are usually very manageable; students don't feel like they get lost in the online shuffle.
Online Testing & Grading
Some tests have specific dates when a student can take them. For example, if a student wants to complete the class ahead of time, there might be a restriction on the test where he or she cannot open it until a specific date. Therefore, it is very important to remember dates. All of the dates and assignments are in the calendar section on WebCT. No one has the excuse of not knowing what is due because the calendar provides it all.
Did You Know?
Any student can take any type of class online-it's not limited to one subject!

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 166 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 170 responses

  • 25% Applicable to the real world
  • 22% Learned a lot of new things
  • 20% Will advance my career
  • 18% Learned a few new things
  • 6% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 6% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 168 responses

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

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