Back to school: A sequel to online education

This is a sequel to my previous article dated August 9, 2009 entitled "Back to school: Go for online education." I am writing on the topic again to give some credence and more practical information for people who are interested in going online for their education after the summer break, especially prospective students in San Jose and Milpitas.

By the way, for those who read the article and for the information of everybody, I am on my 3rd year as a regular online instructor of Axia College, University of Phoenix and I would like to share with you some experiences and observations I had with my students for the past three years.

Readings, discussion, and assignments for the 9-week online course are heavy on a weekly basis. So prospective students must be ready to devote more time in the computer navigating the virtual classroom in addition to working on the four other folders/forums that the course require. While it is mostly hard work, we have also the luxury of time because we can access the classroom anytime of the day at our convenience except on specified time slot where all students and instructor are logged in simultaneously for the virtual lessons and discussion.

In answer to queries of Allan Navarro and Ruel Manipis, both from Newark, California, students need to have good organizational skills to be able to cope with the assignments and discussion required on a weekly basis. This will ensure students to submit their assignments on due dates and avoid point deductions every day the assignment is late.

From San Jose, California, James Al Reas and Rob Avila’s questions revolve around the issue of dropouts and percentage of passing. Well, if students did not meet the required attendance and failed to submit their assignments thereby losing a lot of points, they are either automatically dropped from class or be forced to drop because they will have difficult time catching up with succeeding weeks’ assignments. This is the reason why at the onset, I mentioned that students need to be organized to be able to stay on top of their assignments and finish the 9-week course with passing grades.

Yes, online learning is easier said than done! It needs a lot of computer work and focused organizational activities to be able to cope with the pacing in the virtual classroom!

-Elpidio Estioko


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