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A UOP classroom is set up much like an online discussion board. The instructor post lectures, articles and questions and the students must respond. A natural discussion tends to develop as the entire class has the opportunity to contribute thoughts and ideas.The textbooks and other required readings are available on a student Web site. Each student has their own private page with links to every necessary location they would need during their time with the college â€“ technical support, financial aid, graduation application and so forth. Class work revolves mainly around discussion and contribution, but even more so on researching and writing papers. In a typical six week course, a student can expect to write up to eight or nine papers. Half of these papers will be in a Learning Team setting.
The Learning Teams can be incredibly rewarding or immediately frustrating, depending on the individuals on your team. The university sets up class schedules in a way that students may take classes with the same people and allows for successful teams to partner together repeatedly. The quality of instructor can vary. In most cases it is a roll of the dice to see what kind of instructor will be available for your scheduled course. Many are quite knowledgeable, resourceful and communicative. The worst instructors are so mainly due to lack of communication. A certain type of learner will have success in an online environment. They need to be self-reliant, self-motivated and prepared to meet the inevitable frustration of technology mishaps.
One of our requirements was to participate in lots of discussions regarding the material covered with other classmates. If we didn't participate in a number of discussions, contributing accurate and thoroughly researched information, we'd lose points for that area. Professor interactions were minimal, except when getting exam information and receiving exam results. Results were normally sent back in Microsoft Word format, corrected, with red marker indications and the correct information.
My overall experience was that I missed the traditional classroom, because it really didn't feel like I was in school. Plus, I was paying more. But on the other hand, it was nice because I could go to school at any time of the day or night and even work ahead on classroom material. It was a great experience, though. And once you obtain your degree, you have your entire life and career ahead of you. It puts you on the right track. Good luck!
I would consider checking around. The University of Phoenix is very expensive and during my undergrad courses with one year left, I was told that I maxed out on my financial aid and I had to come up with 2,000 in three weeks so that I could pay for my next class by myself. I wasn't given any time to prepare for the financial burdon of this and I didn't even know you could max out. I don't feel this part of the school is concerned with the students, just getting new business. So, here I am searching for a new school that is less expensive so I can finish my degree plan.
I attended the University of Phoenix online degree program, finishing up last Spring (2007) I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/e-Business. Overall, I felt the online experience to be very rewarding. I checked with others who had previously gone through the program and asked a lot of questions up front.
The coursework was demanding, as I suppose any degreed program would be, but I was not overwhelmed. Some of my favorite courses were E Business Management I'II, E-Business Cases and The Internet: Concepts and Application. I really felt strongly about persuing an e-Business degree (based on the exploding range of e-business opportunities) and believe my degree will aid myself and 2 business partners significantly.
I found the Internet course especially fascinating as the coursework gave me the feeling of an "insider" who got to look "behind the curtain" of the web's inner-workings. Online learning tools included video, webcasts, communication tools (chat, discussions, blog & email) and some graphics tools.
I felt that the interaction amongst my classmates and professors (overall) was outstanding. Not being able to meet face-to-face gave me apprehensive feelings initially but that was quickly overcome once we got into the "meat" of the work. Some classmates were fantastic with setting up project work timelines and subgroups for collective brainstorming. Many of my professors were surprisingly (to me) willing to make themselves available in the evenings and even over weekends. All-in-all, I found the experience extremely rewarding, flexible and fulfilling
Basically, you pay for the convenience. I had taken a few classes at a local college, but the timing was terrible- it was hard to squeeze in class time between all of the other responsibilities I have. With University of Phoenix, there is more flexibility, so I can learn when I want, but it is considerably more expensive. The coursework was pretty similar to the classes I had at the local college, just more convenient.
I used the internet a lot, to write papers and do research, as well as to watch professor lectures on occasion, and email and instant messaging to chat with a professor and with classmates when there was a group assignment. I didn't interact with the other people in the class too much by choice, but when I did, it was a positive experience- people were responsive and easy to get in touch with. I think if I had wanted to interact more, I easily could have, and would have had a good response. Overall, this was a positive experience, but not a particularly outstanding one. There was nothing special to recommend it, except that I could get my education on my time.
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