ISU Online Classes

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  1. TXCyclones

    TXCyclones Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone on this board taken online classes through ISU in the past couple of years? If so, what are the typical time-commitments? Do classes meet at a specific time, or does one log on and review a recorded lecture throughout the day?
     
  2. madguy30

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    Maybe I should look into this...since I didn't attend ISU, having some ISU cred would allow me to say 'we' during ISU threads. :)
     
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    I just graduated this past December and I took probably 10 classes online at Iowa State throughout my years. Time-commitments vary, but are not time consumable depending on the class. Some that I took were "go at your own pace" where you could complete the class in however long it took you to complete it as long as you got all of the course work done by the end of the semester. Although I would say most classes are structured where you have an assignment or assignments, a quiz every week, and then every 3 weeks or so you could have an exam.

    I loved taking classes online because it allowed me to be much more flexible with my schedule. I highly recommend.
     
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    I graduated last May and took a couple online throughout my time at ISU and I'd say the bolded is pretty much how every one of them went. A lot of it was discussion board posting. Online classes sounded great but I really don't think I learned anything in them
     
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    I would agree with this, however most of the classes I took online were classes I could have cared less about, but needed them for credits. It's also about what you put into those classes. If you want to take the time to do all of the readings, you'll probably learn a lot, but probably not as much as with an actual instructor.
     
  6. TXCyclones

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    So they're all pretty much autonomous and don't have scheduled "Go To Meeting" class times?
     
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    There is going to be a divide between the alum that was on campus and those that took courses online.
     
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  8. madguy30

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    And more threads!
     
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  9. Statefan10

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    It depends on the class, but most online classes with recorded lectures allow you to watch those on your own time. I believe you might be able to look up a specific class and find out some details on it.
     
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    The divide between traditional and online is becoming quite blurred. Most campus students are taking online courses as well as traditional classroom courses. And many classroom courses are "flipped" in a manner that makes them more like an online course with discussion and activities in class rather than lectures.

    I look forward to the day when competent people can take exams for courses and earn credit without even taking courses. There are so many ways to learn. Most credit is granted for assessment that is unique to the way the teacher taught, not the actual outcomes the course is supposed to teach.
     
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    Just to be clear I was completely joking with my comment.
     
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    The stats about online education are staggering and much larger than most people think.

    "Based on federal data from more than 4,700 colleges and universities, more than 6.3 million students in the U.S. – most of whom were undergraduates – took at least one online course in fall 2016."

    https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-01-11/study-more-students-are-enrolling-in-online-courses
     
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    I wanted to do my masters online through ISU but they required a full week on campus to start the program, not sure how anyone in the workforce is able to swing that.
     
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    Are you really not able to take a week at a time off. I have more trouble taking a couple of days off as it isn’t really enough to have others help out.
     
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    Not that I am old or anything, but we had “correspondence classes” where they actually mailed you the class material and you completed and mailed back assignments, tests, etc...
     
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    I could have but just didn't want to knowing how far I'd be behind, I ultimately used a different university that didn't require that.
     
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    FTO baby.
     
  18. GrappleCy

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    They ask to schedule a week of vacation?
     

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