Quote from bjmarthin1986
I have 2 online classes this fall. Any advice on how to pursue these? Thanks
Online classes are a good way to "wedge" extra courses in a busy schedule. I've done online nutrition, psych, and statistics classes.
Some online classes have online (open book) tests, others might require you to take the test at a proctored site (maybe on campus at the testing center). Some permit you to take tests anytime during a week, others have set time/date/place requirements - it all depends on your instructor.
As Daytonite said, you've got to be organized. With online or distance learning classes, YOU are the person who makes you stay up with the course material. I also did the 3-ring binder approach for all my classes.
If you're doing online classes in addition to "normal" face-to-face type classes, you might do the online classes in your spare time. I found myself dedicating weekends to the online classes, while spending the weekdays on my "normal" classes on campus. Just make sure you don't slack off on your online classes - you've got to stay on top of things.
If the prof puts out a study guide for the class, use it.
If there is any sort of online discussion forum for use among your fellow students, participate to share & learn.
If you're having trouble with a concept, feel free to bug the heck out of your instructor until you understand it. Although they're at the end of a computer modem, they're still being paid to help you learn the subject material. Don't be shy about asking them for help, or even about dropping by their office (if needed).
The good online classes I've taken all seem to have one thing in common - a good student training/work manual. This will typically include goals/tasks broken down by week. Student assignments/problems typically start at an easier level of difficulty, then work up to the more difficult problems. At a minimum, they should include key concepts you need to master in order to do well on the tests.