Six weeks ago, I began taking an online graduate course to get a better understanding of how online education works.
A video presentation, 10-page paper and numerous discussion board posts later, I’m fully entrenched in this experience.
If you’ve stumbled on this blog because you’re interested in Stephens College’s graduate studies, thanks for stopping by. I signed up for the online business course so I could give potential students an accurate and first-hand account of our programs.
Here’s what I can tell you. Online classes are convenient, even when life is not. This summer, while enrolled, I’ve dealt with property vandalism, an out-of-state trip and a horrible case of bronchitis. And though some unforeseen messes unexpectedly took up a lot of my time, I’ve able to keep up with my studies.
Don’t confuse convenience for ease, though. The work takes time and effort and is definitely challenging. I’ve learned so much not only about leadership, but also about my work habits and myself.
My course is relevant to the MSL and MBA degrees, but the online deliverance is common to all of our online courses. As part of the course, weekly assignments include reading texts and responding to questions on a virtual discussion board. As a student, you can then go back and read other students’ responses and weigh in on their ideas.
I’ve used the analogy before, but it’s a little like a social media site for smart people—I’ve found myself wanting to return to the pages frequently to see who’s commented on my posts and whether my replies have generated any feedback.
The online course has really become a part of my weekly routine, and now that I know how it works, I’m definitely considering continuing my studies in pursuit of an advanced degree. I really enjoy the discussions, the challenge of it and how neatly it fits into my work and personal schedule.
Want to learn more about our programs? Be sure to check out our Graduate, Online and Non-Credit Programs homepage to start.