Sandra L. Dorociak
First Hand Account and Advice.
Are you considering
Distance Education classes? In our ever increasing fast-paced society,
it is only natural that the established structure of the classroom
would fall to man's need for alternatives. The choices are many
but there are some pitfalls to be wary of and some are less obvious
My husband John and I
both take Distance Education classes. He is in the graduate program
with the University of Idaho. John has run into some interesting
problems but has managed to overcome the small imperfections that
will come in the best of programs. His classes are all video lectures.
In one class the tapes were not in sync with the current class schedule.
Consequently, on two occasions he was tested on material for which
he did not have the lecture tape until after the test. OOPS!
That was indeed
a surprise for my math guy but it all worked out. He says
the only thing you don't have with this type of class is instant
feedback from questions to the professor unless someone in
the pre-taped video class asks the question to which you need
an answer. You do have the option of e-mailing your questions
and will have a reply back within a day, week-ends being the
Classes vary in
manner of presentation including written format, audio tapes,
computer instruction, video lectures or a combination. Each
instructor or lecturer has their own method of presentation
based on the criteria set up by the college or university.
There are some programs that are better than others, but all
depend greatly on you as the self-motivated student. Your
interaction with other students will be limited in most cases
but you will have access to the instructor in all cases. next