Imagine taking a college class in your pajamas, or beginning your class at four in the morning, or sharing your classroom with students from all around the world. All of these scenarios take place everyday in the online college environment.
While not all online college classes actually occur on the internet, a great portion of them do and any student’s classmates can be located anywhere in the world where there is internet service. For example, a stay at home mom in Wisconsin can be involved in a children’s literature class with a soldier in Korea and a factory worker in New York. Imagine what an incredible range or perspectives, opinions and ideas these folks can share. That is the reason so many people choose to do an online college search, and sign up for a few classes or even for an entire degree.
Many people doing an online college search will usually start with a specific degree, or a single course in mind. Most of these people will begin to accumulate their “general studies” courses first and this is where the unique classes are formed. Once students get into the higher level classes, such as the three and four hundred level courses, they will tend to interact with students who are pursuing exactly the same degree or major as themselves, which is just as exciting and rewarding.
Currently there are hundreds of colleges that make classes and certificate or degree programs available on the internet. For many the experience will have a “standard” format. Students will purchase their study materials, or receive them electronically through their computer. The professor will issue a schedule with deadlines and assignments and the students will work to meet all of the requirements.
When a prospective student does an online college search it is best for them to really consider whether they have the dedication and self-discipline to do well in the online classroom. Generally they will be required to study the assigned materials, compose an essay style answer, post it to an open forum, and comment on one or two of their classmates’ essays. While this may sound quite simple, in fact it involves some serious analysis and thought, and some people are surprised at the amount of work required.
This environment also requires diplomacy in order to create the best and most productive atmosphere. While technology has made this method of learning available, the internet has created various environments where people are openly rude or dismissive of one another’s feelings. The online classroom is no place for such behavior. So, only disciplined and polite students will be allowed to remain active participants in the class.
While many people begin an online college search because they believe it to be a much easier method of earning a degree, it is in fact only a more convenient method, and will still require the tremendous commitment of a traditional educational career at a college or university. The payoff however is the same – the pride in having achieved a high level of formal education.