So this happened.
Yesterday, I was in a meeting talking about graduate and online programs when I suggested that someday I might like to pursue Stephen’s online Master of Strategic Leadership degree. It would also help me better explain our online programs, I said.
Two hours later, I was enrolled in Business 500 and two online orientation courses.
The business class actually started a few days prior, so I’m already behind. But I spent a couple of hours yesterday evening exploring the modules and reading the syllabus. My first assignment is due Saturday night—a deadline I’m determined to make just as soon as I catch up on class reading. And that’s going to happen just as soon as I figure out how to get my textbook.
So I know most people don’t just sign up for graduate-level courses at a whim, but I thought I knew what I was getting into. I’ve actually been writing about online education for years, first as the K-12 reporter then as the higher education reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune. I’ve sat in on training, I’ve had professors show me how it works.
Frankly, when you’re actually in a virtual classroom exploring the modules and, in my case, trying to figure everything out very quickly, it can seem a little overwhelming.
But if you take some time to look around your new virtual settings, it’s quite exciting. There are so many features–I’m really looking forward to becoming an active participant.
I’m still a little timid but am determined to not only use this opportunity to better understand our online programs but also to be successful in this course (if for no other reason because my husband ((who has his MBA)) was like, “Honey, you can’t just decide one minute to enroll in a graduate-level business course. Do you even have a textbook?”)
So we’ll see. And I’m taking you along for the ride. For the next eight weeks, I’ll be using this blog to talk about my experiences as an online student in a graduate-level course at Stephens.
I’m not going to get into what I’m learning or who is learning alongside me (you have to enroll yourself if you want that), but basically just about how this whole online education experience works.
Wish me luck.