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What are online classes usually like?

sta3535sta3535 Registered User Posts: 286 Junior Member
I'm going to start an online class next week and I just wanted to get some info on what it was like for you if you ever took one before.

Replies to: What are online classes usually like?

  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 Registered User Posts: 2,082 Senior Member
    Depends on the subject and course obviously but generally there’s a textbook reading and video lecture each week, with a quiz and/or assignment(s) to complete. If its a humanities course, there’s most likely also going to be a “discussion board” where you have to post your option based answer(s) to given question(s) and reply to some of your classmates posts.
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,944 Senior Member
    You need to stay on top of the course. It's easy to let things slide in an online class and that can lead to troubles.
  • RoaringMiceRoaringMice Registered User Posts: 662 Member
    What the course is like really varies. I've had some that have had live video chat with the professor once per week, others that had a forum you were required to participate in, and still others where all you did was read and submit your assigned work, with no interaction beyond that. I've had some where I've "met" the professor and other students, and others where I wasn't even 100% sure the professor wasn't away on vacation. So it really varies.

    The one thing that's true of all online classes is that you tend to have to be more self-motivated than you would in a normal class. Often, there's more reading, and you don't have those twice per week class meetings to keep you doing your work - you just have to do it. As stradmom said, don't let things slide - it's easy to fall behind in an online class.
  • MandalorianMandalorian Registered User Posts: 1,754 Senior Member
    Well if they have tests, they're almost always open book.
  • CharlotteLetterCharlotteLetter Registered User Posts: 775 Member
    I've had many online classes that use LockDown browser and have closed-book exams (so don't count on open-book exams). I find it easier to stay motivated in online, rather than in-person, general education courses.
  • gwh2016gwh2016 Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Depends on when you take them. In the summer, it's a lot because it's only a couple weeks. If you take it during the regular semester, you can work at your own pace. I usually take at least one class online every semester because of the convenience.
  • privatebankerprivatebanker Registered User Posts: 4,571 Senior Member
    I had an online math class. Had to take final at school.
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