The Beauty of Online Classes

If you are anything like me, you love to be in comfortable clothes—which usually means that you’re wearing your pajamas and you have major bed head. So going to class is not one of my favorite things to do. I like to get out and walk and not be a hermit, but four classes a day outside the comfort of my residence hall is just a little too much for me.

So this semester I chose three online classes that relate to my major. I’ve already finished one, and I’m loving the other two. Online classes are a little more difficult than in-person classes, but not so much more difficult that you can’t still do well. Online classes are also very helpful if you plan on working while going to school. I only have in-person classes two days a week at the moment, so I have a lot of free time to exercise and work on my online classes—not to mention I am still taking 16 credit hours and am on track to graduate early.

So if you are anything like me and you have enough motivation to keep up with rigorous course material, take an online class and see what all the hype is about!

More questions regarding online classes? Leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you!

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Sabirah Suhaimi

April 30, 2016, 10:46 am

Hi,

I am an architectural studies student of the class of 2020 and want to know the effect of taking online classes. I took an online physics class before. And luckily, I had a teacher who could help me throughout the curriculum with online chats and emails. So, do online classes in U of I provide this? Or do the classes depend on self-study?

Also, do online classes have the same value as in-person classes?
Do these classes effect the quality of your degree?

Sincerely,
Sabirah Suhaimi

 

Alec

May 2, 2016, 9:11 am

Hi Sabirah!

So many of the online classes I have taken have been different. Sometimes the professor is very engaged with the class and replies quickly to emails with questions, etc. Other times, however, the professor has been MIA and almost impossible to get ahold of in a reasonable amount of time. Most of the class, however, is dependent on self study, but that is not much different from many in class courses. Here at U of I, many freshman courses or gen Ed courses are in large classrooms so you may not get that one on one experience that you would get in a small class. There are several resources to help you out though. Most online classes will have Teaching Assistants that can answer questions when the professor is unavailable.

As far as the value of an online class goes, you are getting the same information that you would in class. When it shows up on a transcript it is not going to say that this class is worth less because it was online, it is just going to say the class you took and what grade you received. Online classes are very helpful for people with a busy schedule, but always keep in mind that they are a little more difficult since the in person learning is eliminated.

Thanks!

Alec