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I found the online learning process somewhat difficult. This type of learning environment is definitely not for the social butterflies of the world. For example: You are asked to create papers, and although there are numerous resources to help you expand on ideas, there is no face time with your instructors, nor your peers. E-mailing back and forth at different hours, and even days, can be most frustrating. I believe the instructors are very trained at adapting to the individual requests they receive; however, there is still a missing factor that does not take into account the individuality of the learning process.
I did enjoy the anonymity of the online learning process, and even found it enjoyable to be able to e-mail papers I completed at 1:00 a.m. or later. I also like the availability of the instructors; however, I believe a web cam would go a long way in overcoming the anxiety that I felt during the completion of my first paper. I would have felt much more comfortable with the whole process had I have seen my instructor's face during my first few days online.
The experience was great. The classes are structured and there are assignment due dates, but you can log into the forums at any time and complete work online in your own time. The one drawback to online learning overall (I looked at other colleges), is the cost. They are almost 3 times the cost as a traditional classroom environment. If it wasn't for the fact that my work was paying, I would not have been able to afford to attend. Lower the costs. Overall, it is great, I learned a lot and enjoyed it at the same time.
I was with UofP for over a year and was two weeks away from getting my AA in Business when I was Auto-Dropped. I came to find out that because in week 1 I posted all my assignments early and made 3 posts before the start date they would not count toward my attendance and that I will have to re-take the class. Besides that the UofP rep was very rude advising that it is not the University's fault and that I will have to pay to take the class over!!!
I was enrolled in the online social work program through University of Phoenix. I liked the college; the staff and administrators were always very helpful and kind. Sadly, I found out 1/2-way through the program that many employers will not even consider someone who has an online degree. I dropped from UofP, and transfered to an on-campus program instead. It's harder because I am no longer able to learn from home, but I didn't want to waste all my time and money only to have to do it again.
Classes are really tailored for the working student, so it was easy for me to continue working and still get the classes I needed. The location, on Albuquerque's north side was convenient for me as well, I did not spend a lot of time or money commuting. I was impressed from the start with the knowledge and expertise of the instructors, many of them had taught for years and they really knew the practical side of things as well, sharing stories about situations in the "real world" of health care. Their knowledge and willingness to share made a big difference for me, it really enriched the learning experience. When I graduated, I felt like I was fully prepared for the situations that arise at work and guess what?, I was right. I was able to comfortably integrate into a hospital work situation right away. I also appreciated the assistance I got from the financial aid department. They helped me explore options and put the paperwork together to get the best financial aid package that was available for me.
So far I have enjoyed attending UoP. The classes are not just simple blow through classes, they require thought and thorough response. The only thing that does disappoint me is the fact that 1. They don't tell you if you need a book until the first day of class. 2. The quality of instructors is inconsistent. One set of classes you may have a very thorough instructor, the next an over-zealous one, and the next, one that is so lax that you don't even know if they read what you turn in they just grade as 100%. With every school and every education the student must be determined to learn. If the student wants to learn, they will; no matter if the instructor is insufficient or the class is not up to par.
This school gave me wrong information about my Financial Aid application they told me it was in process and it really wasn't. They tell you want you want to hear at the start of your program and then it turns out to be something else. What ever you do keep EMAIL PAPER TRAIL.
If it was not for UOP, I would not be able to attend school. UOP made it easy for me to go to school and allow me to work. UOP is expensive but the education and achievement is worth it.
I qualified for the Next Level Grant ($2500) in addition with my federal financial aid. This is nice, but it only allowed me to take 29 days off before starting my Bachelors Program in Business Management otherwise I would loose the Grant.
Some people ask me if it is easier or harder than a regular college? My answer is I find it harder sometimes. We have an exceptional amount of reading and coursework to complete each week.
My only fear is that businesses will not accept my education because it is an online school. My answer to them is, well they have physical campuses in every state; but my situation needed freedom in learning. That, and with UOP highly recognized now through great marketing, I believe I will succeed. My advise to future students, is do what is write for your situation.
I entered UOP Florida West Campus with 46 credits taken at a community college over twenty years ago. The UOP was the only university that accepted every one of those credits. Other schools told me that they were "too old". Math goes out of style? Pul-leeze. They even gave me 8 credits for being in the USAF.
I just completed my BSBM in March 2008 and I feel I received a quality education. Without the adult modality format (one class at a time) I would never have completed my degree.
Now I find myself, at 53 years old, preparing to take my MBA. The university recognizes 9 credits from the undergrad program towards the Master's so the program is complete at 30 credits for me. Remember, UOP is REGIONALLY ACCREDITED. This is the same accreditation as Princeton.
I was doing travel nursing at the time so it was great it was portable I could sign on from anywhere. Also it's only 6 weeks for each class so just about the time your getting bored with it, it's time to change.
The professors were wonderful. Online was great, interactions even if they weren't always immediate interactions, as with face to face. I enjoyed it, it fit nicely into my lifestyle and met my needs.
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