Thank you for responding! You sound busy! Dual enrollment? You are like super human! Go you!
Now that the semester has begun and I’ve gotten aquatinted with black board, I can honestly say I’m doing ok. I was so stressed out the first week because I have been out of collage for years.
On line classes were just starting my last year at school. This is way better than sitting in traffic for two hours, then three hours of classes, only to drive another two hours home.
With that being said I would like to share what it has been like for me personally, my first week.
First there was the PERRLA/ Blackboard learning curve. When I was in nursing school we Spent hours at the library researching nursing journals.
Now there is software to turn to! Who would of known? The new APA software really saves time. There is OWL Perdue, PERRLA, and others, although , I think I prefer Eazypaper over the others. It does everything PERRLA does, but you can access libraries, Pubmed, pretty much anything from wizard research. It adds citations into your paper and a reference list at the end of your paper. It also has a plagiarism checker. Lots of bells and whistles.
Next, the teaching format you mentioned in your message, is exactly what we are doing. Every Wens-day there’s a post and by Sunday one has to respond to two other students post, in APA format, in no less than 250 words.
In addition, I have been spending about four hours a day doing some form of work, for six credits, so two classes. I have spent a lot of time with the 6 th edition of APA format book. I also looked at what the teachers posted on line. Just to get myself used to writing again and practicing with APA format.
Furthermore, I believe we also have a paper and a power point presentation due at the end. I think both of my classes actually have that, but either way totally doable.
I agree, that the University’s program is structured to meet the needs of the working nurse. In fact, the program so far has truly exceeded my expectations! They accepted all my past credits, even from years ago, and seem to have a good understanding of work/life/ school balance. It’s nice because the instructors post all the upcoming weeks work to be done, so one can try to get ahead, especially for someone like me, who works all her 12 hour shifts in a row.
Last, Everyone, from the RN BSN counselors, to the instructors, have been supportive. I know Its only my first semester, but I’m actually loving it, and even thinking of pursuing my Masters!!
Thank you again for sharing your experience and I’ll be sure to post updates for others!