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3 College Senior

Online Courses: Many of my friends like the online classes but I'll probably give a biased judgement because nothing beats learning in the classroom to me, dare I say even hate the thought of taking an online class, but I'm taking one though.

College Junior

Online Courses: I did not take any online courses yet.

College Junior

Online Courses: not taking any online courses

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3 College Senior

Online Courses: The online classes were excellent and helped me finish my prerequisites alot faster.

College Senior

Online Courses: I never took an online class. I chose it as a waste of times simply because it was the only thing i could choose that was close to saying that


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From mathematics to English, many classes are offered online at Union County College. A typical online class requires students to log on for lectures and instruction, and to complete a set of homework assignments before a due date. Testing, however, is either timed and done online or done at the College itself to prevent less-than-ethical actions, such as cheating. You only need basic computer knowledge to be able to take an online course. It is as simple as logging on to the online system and doing homework.

One issue is that there is a disconnect between students and teachers because of the lack of physical interaction. Some students find it difficult to learn a topic or stay focused outside of the classroom setting. The teachers try the best they can to be helpful, but there is only so much a person can do with limited resources and interaction. Student-to-student interaction is minimal at best during online courses. This lack of socialization could possibly be a reason why some students choose online classes. Some people have a better learning experience when they are alone and able to concentrate. Overall, taking an online class is worth your time and should be an enjoyable experience.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
Most of the work can be done on your time, whenever you want!
Required Tech Skills
Students do not need very much computer knowledge at all. Emailing and logging onto the website are the major humps they have to get over. As long as you can operate simple programs such as Microsoft Word, online courses should not be a problem.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
A typical lecture varies on what subject you are taking. History lectures will often have a lot of information, while math lectures are more instruction-focused. Lectures are very important to understanding the material.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Most online courses consist of several tests, a research paper, homework, regular assignments, and class lectures. Research papers and tests are vital to doing well in these courses. The amount of time spent logging on for class and paying attention is certainly reflected in your final grade.
Online Testing & Grading
Some classes require you to come into class to take a test, while others allow you to take them online with a time limit. Tests and research papers are the majority of your grade; the homework and projects are the second-largest parts. Participation and attendance also play a role in your grade.
Did You Know?
Some regular classes are part online, as well. This happens usually when the class is only one day a week.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 41 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 42 responses

  • 26% Applicable to the real world
  • 21% Learned a lot of new things
  • 18% Learned a few new things
  • 18% Will advance my career
  • 11% Waste of time
  • 3% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 3% Will help me switch careers

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

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