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How do online college classes work?

My son is planning to go to college soon. I have always pictured him going to college in a different country where he will experience a different way of life because it’s all he has talked about since he joined high school. However, to my surprise, he wants to take online college classes at one of the popular distance learning universities. I know nothing about online university classes. I am trying my best to support him but I can’t without a clear understanding of how online learning works. I think with more information about it, I can be more supportive.

Carlton Burgess

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Aaron Lee on March 26, 2018

When you are used to doing something a certain way, it is very difficult to accept change. The reason you are worried about your son attending a distance learning university is that you do not know what to expect. You are not sure whether he will receive the same quality of education he would if he attended a traditional school or whether or not the experience will be the same. You are right to have these concerns. Every parent wants the best for his children and it is okay.

However, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to college online classes. Today, online learning is becoming quite popular and advanced. In fact, students are getting the same quality of education as students who are in traditional schools. One of the reasons you should support your son’s decision to join an online education program is the fact that he can choose any university in the world. This is a great opportunity because it will open door to numerous job opportunities especially if he gets accepted into some of the most prestigious institutions.

The setup of university online classes is very easy to understand. There are 2 things every student must have to study online; an internet connection and a computer. Once a student has these two things, all they need to do is to log onto the school’s website and log in. Once they are logged in they can view the courses they have signed up for and begin taking their courses. The format of the classes might differ because different universities use different course management software. When the student has begun taking the course they will get to listen to pre-recorded lectures by the university’s professors. They are can take notes and read the study material provided during the class. Students are also given assignments when they are studying online. The assignments are provided online and can be completed either online or offline depending on the professor’s instructions. When they are done with the assignments, they can send them to the professor either via email or by uploading them. Another feature of online learning that is really important is engaging discussions. Students are given access to a messaging board where they can hold discussions with other students taking the same course. These features work together to give a student the same experience they would get in a regular classroom.

Brian Warner2 years ago

Online college classes are not very different from traditional classes. The only difference is that there is no face-to-face interaction between the students and their professors. However, everything else is similar. The students get to attend classes, do assignments, interact with each other and complete examinations. However, my advice would be to ensure that your child has a lot of discipline before you allow him to take this step. This is important because online learning requires a lot of discipline. Students decide how often they want to take their classes and they are completely responsible for their success. If they do not understand something, it is up to them to contact their professors to get clarification and they always need to work hard to ensure they do not fall behind. It might also be a good idea to take some time to choose the best school because not all online schools are great.


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