Online Learning Update

April 13, 2012

One Student’s Inside Look at Online Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Jennifer Hernandez, UMass Online

With the increased availability and selection of online classes these days, it is hard to resist the temptation to actually register for one. With a full time job, family and other commitments, distance learning just makes sense. I couldn’t believe there were no mandatory times required that I would need to be online or “in class.” As long as the work was completed by the set due dates, I could complete the work at any given time within my schedule. I also thought that maybe online classes wouldn’t be as interactive as my prior face-to-face learning experiences. However, that was clearly not a valid assumption after the first week of classes. I was connecting with more people than I would have in a regular class setting. I am known to be on the quieter side so this gave me the opportunity to really connect and get to know my classmates through discussion groups which I found to provide tremendous interactive opportunities.

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