Now that I’m at the beginning of my second term of online courses I must say that I have mixed feelings about the process.
I like them!
You do have to be self-sufficient when it comes to learning. Discipline is a must. The deadlines must be met. You are given the essential tools for survival. That would be the textbooks.
One doesn’t need to be at a complete loss. Make sure you know how to use the internet to research what you need to know, and read the textbook.
I know, you don’t like to read the book. Well, read it anyways. You won’t be sitting in class listening to your professor go on and on with a lecture. Your lecture, if you are lucky will be a PowerPoint of about ten slides. That’s it.
You will have to go online and research if you need to know more to understand your assignments or discussions.
The tests are open book. They are still hard regardless.
I also like the time I’ve saved in not having to travel across the state to sit in a classroom. It would be an hour drive one way for me. That would be two hours spent on the road when I could be reading that textbook instead.
What I don’t like…
There isn’t much I don’t like about the type of course study. I have the discipline for doing what I need to do when I need to do it. Especially, when I set my mind to doing something that I want to do passionately.
I did teach myself to self-publish, didn’t I?
When I’m done with school, there will be loads of stories to come. Which leads me to the other thing I don’t like. That would be not having enough time to write stories. I have all these new ideas popping into my head that I keep jotting down in a journal I keep at my desk. I read something in one of my textbooks, and a light comes on, jot that one down.
Seriously, if you want to return to school, then do it!
Online courses need discipline and self-sufficiency.
There are hybrid courses too. You do some of the work online and the rest in the classroom.
Or, there is old school, 100% classroom.
It’s your choice. I know I’m glad to have jumped at the opportunity when I did.