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Online Class

Saunders7Saunders7 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
edited June 2012 in Michigan State University
I am enrolled for an online class at MSU that begins next week and I not sure how it works because this will be my first class at MSU. I’m assuming that it is through Angel? I’ve logged on and haven’t seen any classes listed yet so I’m hoping that on the start date (Monday) the class will appear. If anyone has any experience taking online classes through MSU and could give me a heads up on anything special I need to do I would appreciate it.

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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 33,737 Senior Member
    It will be on ANGEL. Sometimes it appears before the start date, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes your prof will email you beforehand, sometimes they won't. For example, I'm in 2 right now and one next session. I haven't seen anything about my new course either whereas I had contact from the two classes I'm currently in a week or so before classes started.

    STAY ON TOP OF THINGS. I cannot possibly stress this enough. As soon as you get the syllabus, write down when EVERYTHING is due. I've taken around a dozen online classes so if you have any specific questions, let me know.
  • TulareTulare Registered User Posts: 406 Member
    I'm getting a little worried about online courses at MSU. How common are they? My son will be a freshman in the fall and I'm paying an awful lot of money in out of state tuition for online courses.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 33,737 Senior Member
    What are your concerns? Online classes are fairly popular and I'd say probably a majority of students take at least one. They add wonderful flexibility to your schedule. I like the online format because it generally uses many online resources rather than just the textbook. In fact, some of my online classes didn't even have a traditional textbook.
  • HumanoidHumanoid Registered User Posts: 163 Junior Member
    If you don't mind what class are you in? My sister is going to be a freshmen and is taking a math course. She has had to call someone to get into the class and now needs to wait for the prof to manually add her. I would say be ready to make phone calls.

    The course will be on angel but you won't be able to log in till Monday.

    The biggest thing, like Romani said, is to stay on top of them. I had one now and it was a good bit of work (~15-20 hours a week). The classes are faster paced in the summer so if you fall behind you have a fair chance at staying behind.

    Personally online classes aren't my favorite because I really enjoy small classes in the summer but online isn't bad. Generally there is a good deal of flexibility on when you watch your lecture(s) and it is kind of nice to be able to chill out in a comfy chair with ice cream while you learn about whatever.

    @Tulare: unless your son takes summer classes you probably won't need to deal with online classes. Hybrid classes are a possibility but even then I don't think they are super common. Plus they are actually pretty good classes. Being online gives the professor lots of different ways to structure stuff and you can get some really unique opportunities.
  • Saunders7Saunders7 Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    I just received an e-mail this morning from the instructor. Apparently the instructor “will not be using Angel for this course. All on-line materials will be posted on the MyEconLab web site.”

    @Romanigypsyeyes: Thanks for your advice and help on the matter and I will be sure to stay on top of the deadlines!

    @Humanoid: This online class I am taking is EC 340. So far, it seems to be going smoothly. I got the e-mail from the professor just as Romani thought I might and it laid out the format, book requirements, etc. I have taken online classes previously at another college and generally like the format and haven’t had any problems in the past. The flexibility in time and location is great for me especially since I’m not living in East Lansing over the summer.
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