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    radical simplicity

    I took my general courses for my AS online. This let me work full time, manage two kids and a household and go to school. I was really really glad I took the mandatory basic computer/office course online. I think I would have gone insane sitting through such for five hours a day five days a week for a month. Talking with the students who did take the live course, he wouldn't let you work ahead, wouldn't let you do anything else, and you had to wait while he walked around and checked everyone's computer. I already knew how to use office, so most of the work for that course was just a matter of sitting down with the book and getting the screen shots of the examples they wanted, which took me a LOT less than 25 hours a week.
    We did have lively discussions on message boards, we did group projects, we had live chats with professors twice a week as well as the video lectures and our text books and research projects/papers.
    My core classes were traditional classes, because OT requires a lot of hands on type things. Most of those were great and I was glad I was in class, except for the professors that spent the whole class every  day reading directly from the text book.  
    I've sampled both online and face to face classes and I am of the opinion there is room for both, it all depends on the students and on the professor involved.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Mar 11, 2012 at 05:03:24 PM PDT

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