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 Online Courses

   Natasha Cherry
     Si On Lim
Some colleges stopped accepting paper
admissions applications
Many highly recommend that students
complete their applications online.
Save universities money
– whether on actual real estate
– on administrative staff.
 It also offers students an added
       Online Application
General Information
Transcripts and teacher recommendations
still have to be submitted through mail
(Reasons unknown)
A new national survey of 400 students shows that high school and
college students are leaping onto the Web in droves and expecting

                their universities to do so as well.
Virginia Tech university spokesperson
Kelly Queijo said “The administrators were
noticing increasingly communicating with
students by email. They changed to online
applications in order to meet their needs.”
She said, “Not Surprisingly, the No. 1
requested major from applicants from the
web was engineering. The second most
popular was computer science.”
Some schools offer a reduced application fee for
filing applications online and schools offer a
secure server transaction for credit card or
electronic funds transfer payment.
Students have the ability to track the status of an
application on the internet anytime
Other benefits include time efficiencies for
students and institutions, and the ability to
provide immediate confirmation to the students
that the application was received by the
      Advantages cont…
Saves Time
According to the 2003, College
Applications, some institutions report a
higher number of errors on electronic
applications than on traditional paper
That students can be easily frustrated by
technology-related problems on schools’
Web sites.
             Case Study
There was a study done in 2003 to determine if
there were significant differences between the
types of students who completed online
applications vs. those who completed paper
7145 students applied at a large metropolitan
four-year public institution in the Midwest
Gender, Ethnicity, and Act scores and the
method of which the student applied.
Approx. 24% male freshman
20% female freshman
23% white freshman
15% minority freshman
22% of freshman overall applied online
The number of Students applying for
admissions online is increasing each year.
With more advantages than
disadvantages, schools may one day soon
convert their systems completely online.
     Online Courses

    “All across the country, going to
    college is acquiring a whole new
     meaning as higher education
  undergoes a virtual transformation,
    one that some predict will make
traditional campuses the dinosaurs of
   the digital age (Burdman, par 2).”
  Definition: Online courses
“a course delivered through the Internet
and web-based software. Students interact
with the instructor and other students via
  Definition: Online courses
Use websites
Discussions posted online
Assignments are turned in through e-mail
 Definition: distance learning
courses which students can take off-
campus, via a variety of means, such as:
Internet, videotapes, or cable television
Physical distance between a student and
the instructor
 Definition: distance learning
Not strictly online
Some assignments can be turned in
through mail
Increase in use of internet in distance
Online courses = distance learning
Online courses: a form of distance
Convenience and flexibility: Anytime and
No physical attendance – don’t have to get
ready for class!
Saves time and money
Pace yourself
Working adults: keep their job and earn
Laziness and procrastination
Time management – job vs. class
No friends! – can lead to depression
Technology can be frustrating
No direct question-answer
Depends on the instructor and how it is set
– Collaborative learning activities improve
  online learning
Not all are positive outcome
Effectiveness is different for different
More research need to be done
How many of you applied to any colleges
How effective did you feel it was?
Would you recommend it to others?
What did you like or dislike about it?
Do you feel that colleges would be
successful converting to a completely web
based application?
Who’s taking online courses?
– Disadvantages and advantages
Which subjects would you feel comfortable
taking online?
Which subjects would you feel
uncomfortable taking online?
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Noel-Levitz. College and university Web sites emphasize online
admissions according to the Noel-Levitz report. Strategies.
Retrieved from (Winter 2003).
“Online Applications: A Better Business Model”. The Princeton
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