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3 College Junior

Online Courses: I think Valencia does a good job of implementing the online courses; however; I am personally not a fan of taking classes online. If you are a student that enjoys online classes then I think you would be very satisfied with the options available from Valencia. The workload is heavier that in room classes. You will still manage to have a great relationships with professors. There is also a message board for online students to interact with each other.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: Online classes are not my specialty. However I have taken a few and did very well. Assignments are easy to submit I have never had any trouble with that. Blackboard support is available 24/7 if anything goes wrong.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Usually what it fails at the most is social interaction with students. Often time many (including myself) are too busy or afraid to reach out and attempt to contact someone.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I like online courses for convenience, however I do prefer the school environment for social interaction and interactions with the instructor.

3 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: I was satisfied taking an online course.


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Online courses are fairly easy. Basic computer and time management skills are all you need to succeed. Most classes begin with an online orientation and an introduction discussion, followed by a variety of assignments and quizzes/exams. Online classes are not project free; some professors require you to finish elaborate projects with in-depth research.

Professors are sometimes hard to reach when taking online courses. However, if you have a problem, you can always head to your professor's office hours and talk to them in person. One of the major problems with online classes is that sometime the Web site, which is called WebCT, is down. Most professors will not allow you to submit work late, even when the computer server is down. Word of advice: do your homework or class work at least one day in advance. Also, be aware that some professors do not post grades until right before the final exam. Be sure to study hard and stay on course, or else by the time you find out your grades are low, there won't be time to raise them.

Facts & Statistics

Required Tech Skills
No major skills required, just the ability to follow directions.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
You are usually on your own for online courses.
Online Testing & Grading
Most online courses have mid-terms and finals. Some professors require you to take these exams on campus where their offices are located.
Did You Know?
Your professor has a boss. Deans are available to answer your questions and handle your concerns about classes. Any issue with a professor or class can be resolved by following the proper protocols.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 765 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 774 responses

  • 25% Applicable to the real world
  • 22% Learned a few new things
  • 22% Learned a lot of new things
  • 20% Will advance my career
  • 4% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 4% Waste of time
  • 4% Will help me switch careers

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 760 responses

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



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