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A week in the life of an online student

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Ever wondered what it would be like to be taking college courses online?
This entry will give you a flavor of how online classes are conducted and
what you as the student have to do to be successful. The course I am
taking is a human-computer interaction course for my Master's in Computer
Education.


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online degree distance learning


Article Body:
Ever wondered what it would be like to be taking college courses online?
This entry will give you a flavor of how online classes are conducted and
what you as the student have to do to be successful. The course I am
taking is a human-computer interaction course for my Master's in Computer
Education.

Monday

I login to WebCT, my schools online course software, to pick up my weekly
email from the course's instructor. She details the assignments we need
to complete this week, discussions to post, and includes a review for an
upcoming test. While the list of assignments due this week is available
in the syllabus on WebCT, I appreciate having this weekly reminder of
what I need to complete this week.

I notice that new grades have been posted on some of the prior
assignments I have already turned in. I am pleased with the result and
note comments that she has made for future reference.

Tuesday

Today, I pulled open the book and read the assigned chapter. I used
sticky notes to mark important sections that I might need for a test
later. Some people prefer to mark in the book directly with highlighters,
but I prefer stickies. There is also a Powerpoint presentation with 30
slides.

Wednesday

There is a video I need to watch. It is available online or I can pull it
off the cd the professor provided at the beginning of the course. Since I
have a high-bandwidth connection, I download and stream it directly from
WebCT.

Thursday thru Saturday
These days I tend to work on my other course or not at all. As a
consummate procrastinator, I tend to put the written assignments off
until Sunday, or Saturday if they are extensive. I do read the
assignments on Monday so that I can at least be thinking about them as I
drive to and from work or have other down time.

Sunday

I prepare my written assignment(s). Then I go into WebCT into the
appropriate assignment and upload the Word document with the professor's
naming convention. After the upload, the assignment is marked submitted
and I receive a confirmation email that I was successful.

My final duty is to prepare an answer to a "discussion question of the
week" in the WebCT bulletin board for this course. I scan through the
prior postings and reply to an interesting one. Finally, I post my answer
to the question and submit it. I review the schedule for next week to
prepare myself for the following week. Another week complete.

I have taken a number of course from UNT through WebCT and   others through
other systems that the University provides. The University   is only 30
miles away so I take face-to-face classes as well, because   I really like
the interaction of a class. I like both methodologies. You   may prefer one
or the other, you won't know till you try.

				
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