Post # 1
Boy, I thought listening to an engineering professor drone on and on in class, but WATCHING him on video is just as bad!
3.5 years of this? So grateful i’m eating dinner and am sitting in my pjs, lol.
anybody else take online classes? I’ve taken a few classes, but I’m doing 2 degrees. Whew. Advice?
Post # 3
I took an online class, but it didn’t have very many lectures. I also quit halfway through, so I’m probably not the best role model!
Post # 4
yep – finished a long distance degree in ’08 and i cant believe im thinking of doing another one (in hindsight i should have kicked right into it after graduation but wanted to take a year or so off)
can you podcast it instead? i use to listen to stuff while walking and found it made both activities pass very quickly
Post # 5
Nah, podcasting’s not a good choice for engineering. I need to physically sit here and take actual notes. Not sure I’d take much in on a treadmill, anyways. probably ideal for some classes, just not this particular degree. Maybe once I get to the MBA portion
Obviously internet surfing does not qualify as overly distracting lol. He’s READING us the powerpoint. Sigh. Thanks but i printed it off!
Post # 6
My husband starts his first online classes tonight! And he’s an engineer. 🙂 He’s getting a Master’s in Water Conservation/Environmental Engineering. What is your degree in, ejs?
This semester he is taking 2 courses, both of which are three hours, once a week (6 hours class time total, every week). He already decided that he is going to watch each class in 3 one-hour segments. That means that 6 nights a week he has to watch 1 hour of class, but I think it’ll be easier to spread it out a little than to watch it all at one time. I’ll let you know if he has any other helpful tips/advice. Good luck!
Post # 7
Industrial Engineering and my MBA
Snooze! One of my classes is manufacturing process engineering which is highly relevant to what i do every day as a materials engineer. So it’s like learning what my work actually entails. A little repetitive but good. My other one is this human factors class with is a psychology class.
I’m taking 6 credits also. Yeah I haven’t decided if i’m going to watch one class a night or two in a row or what. I do agree that 1 class/night is more feasible. It is only 50 minutes. I’m tempted to be all “oh i’ll do them this weekend” but then that’s SIX HOURS of snoozeful videos to watch. They’re doing the overview of the class right now; he said just a few hours of week of homework. Much much better than my undergrad!
I’m definitely thinking if I set a schedule that’ll be best, but I like to switch up when i go to the gym, too. I think if I can just NOT turn my tv on when i get home i’ll be ok, otherwise i’ll get sucked in =]
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
No, but I used to work for an online university! 🙂 I was always a humanities person; I can’t imagine online being a very good format for that kind of discussion. 😉
Post # 9
My last semester of university I signed up for 1 online class. By the end of the first week: I. was. out.
I tip my hat off to you ladies! Online classes require a lot more dedication & concentration than just going to a class once or twice a week. At home there are a lot more distractions… I really, really do admire your hardwork! Keep it up 🙂
@EJS: I don’t have any advice, but I’ll be your cheerleader! *shouts: “Gimme an E!…*
Post # 10
I’m taking 9 hours this semester. Contemporary Marketing, American History to 1865 (ugh.) and Microeconomics. I have one more semester and then I’ll have my assoiciates degree. Finally. At 31. With a six year-old daughter (who always seems to get out of bed for a hug just as I’m starting a timed test). I’m finally going to finish my assoicates.
I plan on doing an 18-month bachelor program to get my business degree next.
My advice: always keep good track of due dates, they can sneak up on you.
Post # 11
See thats what I mean… The majority of people who do online degrees have jobs, children, or both! I am truly in awe of all of your hard work!
Yay phishphan, congratulations!
Post # 12
I’ve been doing online classes for 2 years. I’ve done really well with them, way better then I ever did in high school (but I’m a little older and wiser now than I was back then). Every teacher is a little different. I’ve had to mail in assignments, watch videos, watch lectures, complete diagrams, write essays, and one time I even had to complete a coloring book for geology. It’s very challenging and I love being able to do it when I have time, I also live an hour away from any school around here so it saves me time commuting back and forth from classes. I know plenty of other people who have done the online thing and I know it’s not for everyone. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
My tip is if you have to watch really boring lectures or videos, I had one teacher who was just insanely boring so since I can type pretty fast, I listened to her video one day and tried to keep up and type every word she said. It doesn’t sound like much fun and I did have to stop it and start it a bunch but at the end, the task of typing it out got me through it (it kind of seemed like a challenege) and then I had some kickass notes that I could refer back to later.
My only other tip is that I make a checklist for each class with all my upcoming assignments and their due dates and I stick it on my fridge. That way I look at it all the time and I’ve never missed an assignment due date yet.
Post # 13
Yep, I’ve done my share of them. There are definitely some classes better suited to be online than others. The worst experience I’ve had was the online statistic course. As soon as I heard it would be online, I knew it was going to be horrible and I was! (I had no choice, it was a mandatory component)
Statistics is a very dry subject but add a professor who breathes heavily into his mic and you have the most painful experience known to mankind.
Post # 14
I have to take Chemistry & Speech next semester. We even have a virtual lab. Not really looking forward to those.
Post # 15
@Phishphan, I see you’re from Hannibal. I took an American History class. uck. Also a “history of Missouri” which was utterly retarded via the online Columbia system. Laaaaame. Don’t take history of mo unless you want to gouge your eyes out.
Statistics is particularly bad, too.
Chemistry’s a tough online class! Oh, man. It’s what I majored in and I don’t know how many times I had to ask for help! Some classes I think are just bad online, like calculus. A virtual lab? oh gosh. I can just imagine clicking on a beaker and typing in “0.5ml of 5% NaOH” or something and then watching it change colors. Weird. There is no substitute for the noxious fumes of a chemistry lab, lemme tell ya =]
I think the only good thing is that since it’s a program for full-time working adults (and most engineers I know work 55+ hours a week, not 40 like lucky me) is that it’s considered more lenient than other, more intense programs, because they simply wouldn’t get people enrolling in it if it took up way too much time.
Post # 16
@ejs4y8, Yes! Fellow Missourian here! I loved your engagement photos & your red shoes!
Yeah, any sort of Missouri history class sounds uber boring. I don’t think I’m required to take one. I think I have to take a Missouri government quiz though.
I’ll try to remember to message you after I check out the virtual lab. The idea of it is just bizarre.