What do you like or dislike about web-enhanced or online courses?

  1. If you have ever taken a web-enhanced or on-line nursing course tell me what you liked or disliked about the course and why. What was great about it or what left many things to be desired?
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    I did my BSN and MSN online plus I have taken classes from two other institutions. For the most part, I have loved it. It does require good study habits and discipline and I'll be honest, I lack both. I actually had to set aside a definite amount of time each day in order to study and study and study. However, it was well worth it.

    Nowadays, as long as you attend an accredited university/college, it is easily accepted by everyone.
  4. by   nursekatie22
    Good to hear! That's how I plan on doing my BSN and MSN (if I end up wanting to go that far!)
  5. by   Jules A
    I've taken 3 and really enjoyed them for the most part. Its important that the professor makes the assignment due dates really clear. I've enjoyed doing the bulletin board interactions which are like posting here but hated the part of one class that made us get together in chat groups. It was hard due to schedules and of course there is always the one person that won't get with the program. Try one and see if it suits your taste.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Jules - you are so right...about the chat groups. And lets not even go to the group projects!
  7. by   JaxiaKiley
    I love online classes that don't require group projects or chats. I can do them on my own schedule, and don't have to deal with people who derail the class discussion. It really bugs me when people start asking about their sister's beautician's cousin's boyfriend has the strange rash... It distracts me and I cannot concentrate in class!
  8. by   Tweety
    I'm doing my ADN to BSN online and love it. I plan on going on for my MSN in Education online too. The main thing I like it the convenience of logging on 24/7 and the time saved. I started when I was working nights and that made it all the more convenient.

    I really can't think of any negatives compared to live instruction. Other than the live feedback, but when I got my ADN, I don't think I raised my hand one time to ask a question.
  9. by   RN 4 Life
    I have obtained 2 degrees online [BSN & M.Ed.] and my very first degree [ASN] in a traditional college setting. In comparison I find that the online education requires you to be self disciplined and have half way decent time management skills. If you do not have this...then I still recommend going to school online, because it will force you to develop these skills if you want to be successful. The group assignments that we all hate because every one in the group has a different set of priorities....and some of your team mates have no priorities at all!...truly teaches you how to communicate and work in complex situations, such as those you may experience while managing a unit in a hospital or long term care.
    I have grown to feel that the online learning environment does more than teach about the specific course of study...I believe it builds character and self disciple, it enhances your communication skills, develops your time management skills, and by the end of your degree have a new found respect for working with others in a group setting!
    It is an awesome experience that will mold you as a person and a professional! Go for it!