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Is anyone here doing any online courses for school. How hard are they or are they manageable?

Asked by hotgirl67 (522points) January 8th, 2011

I keep seeing ads for online courses but wonder if any are really worth it. My life is too busy with work to be able to get to a school but wonder if I would be able to effectively get an Associate’s or a Bachelor’s degree online.I want to better myself but also need to hold down a job so I can do that.I know I would need to make the time and stay on top of assignments.

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I completely my BSN online through the University of Delaware. Online courses take a lot of discipline and self-determination. You have to be able to focus on what you need to do and get it done without having someone around you reminding you of it constantly and without having people to talk to in person on a regular basis about what you are doing (unless you have friends that have been through similar courses). I personally hated online courses and have decided I won’t pursue my Masters until I can do so in person. The only reason I had to switch to online courses to complete my BSN was because I moved away from the state and didn’t want to deal with transferring credits.

Online courses can be beneficial, but it’s important to look at where you are taking the courses (making sure the school is accredited, etc) and start off slow. They work load will depend on the course you are taking and how long the course runs.

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hotgirl67's avatar

Thanks for the advice.

Jeruba's avatar

I am taking one now. The instructor expects students to put 12 hours a week into reading, looking at lecture videos, doing homework assignments, taking quizzes, etc. Distance learning is not for slackers or people who can’t discipline themselves to keep up. I find that I have to transcribe all assignments into one big table for tracking or I will miss something.

I prefer in-person lectures and class discussions, but I’ve done this before and find that it’s a good way to keep moving ahead when you can’t take courses on campus. Previously I was working more than full time. I’m retired now, but I have a foot injury and can’t drive or walk very far at present, so it’s ideal for me.

Aubs427's avatar

Going to the actual campus and taking a online courses greatly depend on the school, the type of courses you’re taking, and how much work you’re given with each class.

In some ways, taking online classes are MORE beneficial to someone who, let’s say, like you… is working a full load. But, you have to be able to get the things you need to get done IN TIME and be able (if needed), to attend the possible monthly meetings they may do on campus. I know some schools do require their students to meet at least once a month.

I know some people who just weren’t able to meet with the deadlines and the workloads that the school/classes gave because they had actual work to deal with and sometimes it can just because an overwhelming workload at that point. And, most people just tend to either drop their courses or don’t do their work because their work life is more important.

You need to do your research based on the school, the courses the school offers, and how much you think you can handle.

Maybe only take 2–3 online courses. One semi easy one and 2 major classes so you’re not completely overwhelming yourself, but not falling behind in the things you want to get done for your future.

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