I have taken Distance
Education classes from two different universities. One was a disaster
but I think the problem lay with the instructor not the school itself.
The class was done entirely on computer. The instructor gave assignments,
and divided the students into groups. We were encouraged to help
one another along with critiquing certain lessons. The assignments
for the advanced writing class were filled with errors, misspelled
words, missing parts, or parts that should never have been there
to begin with. The instructor accused one of the students with editing
portions of her lessons. When we wrote and asked for clarification
our questions were met with either silence or insults. We were assigned
to read very distasteful literature... Well, Iím sure you get the
picture. About five weeks into the class, I had enough and dropped
the class, as did several other students. Fortunately, a portion
of our tuition was refunded. I am now taking the same class from
another university and it is great.
Because of my husbands
job, we are currently living in The Republic of South Korea. I am
enrolled at the University of Maryland, Asian Division. I combine
both on campus and Distance Education classes and it is working
well. My credits from Distance Education courses will transfer to
Maryland without any problems.
If you are interested
in pursuing Distance Education, the first consideration must be
to apply to a college or university that is accredited and has the
curriculum needed. Thirty-three per cent of all higher education
institutions offered distance education classes as of 1995 and more
are being added yearly.