To start things off:
This summer I enrolled in a Marketing class at one of the community colleges in the area. I'm planning on getting my AA in Marketing and then going on to get my bachelor's in Business with an emphasis in Marketing once I'm finished. In order for me to move towards my AA I needed to take some summer classes and unfortunately only was able to get into one (budget cuts created a terrible surge in students and not enough teachers/classes to fit the students in). Luckily one teacher was kind enough to add everyone on the waitlist and take on the extra work associated with adding 40 extra students to an already packed schedule of 120 students (that's crazy for a 6 week class!). We are currently in Week 5 now and there are things that I love and hate about taking a 6 week online course.
Things I love:
It is not difficult. A class that is only 6 weeks isn't filled with assignments and homework which is exactly what I wanted for a summer course, just not what I wanted for my brain.
It is a quick class that won't take up my entire summer and won't take up my days with studying.
The load is extremely light compared to regular term courses. I can get my quizzes and assignments completed in about 20 minutes (for all of them, not each).
It is easy to get an A if you just read the chapters which are very short. Maybe it's so easy for me because I am very interested in marketing, but I also don't find the information to be difficult to comprehend.
The teacher is quick on grading and giving feedback so I know about how much effort I need to put into the rest of the assignments and quizzes in order to get an A in the class.
It is so easy that I set the curve on quizzes and assigments.
It makes me remember why I dislike attending courses because at minimum, half of the class will be comprised of drunk, high, or just plain stupid individuals. At least with an online course I don't have to sit there listening (or smelling) those people. (I have a problem with people who don't put in the work and just think they can coast by with a C). This could also go under Things I hate :)
I can do all of this in my sweat pants, unshowered, no makeup, bare bones self. And I don't have to make anyone miserable sitting next to them telling them I'm sorry for not showering that day and that I forgot to put on deodorant (I kid, I don't really do that but you get the picture. I love doing all the work at home with my kitty on my lap snoozing away).
Things I hate:
It is not difficult. I want to be challenged and have my brain hurt from thinking so hard. This class does not make me think. At all. I just open the book, do the quiz in the back (the answers are in the back of the book too) and then do the quiz online. Easy peasy.
It is difficult to retain the information that is assigned because the quizzes are verbatim from the quizzes at the end of each chapter in the book. Photographic memory would come in handy here.
It is difficult to respond to classmate discussion posts when it is clear that they have not read the chapters and do not understand what is being asked of them. It makes it very difficult for me to fulfill my assignment (we are required to each post a discussion about a specific topic in the book and to reply to one other classmate's discussion topic with an intelligent post. We get graded based on the content of our postings and responses).
The assignments and quizzes can be completed in about 20 minutes. I don't feel like I am really learning anything since everything we are tested and graded on is basically verbatim out of the textbook.