Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
What are the advantages of taking classes online?
How much time should I spend on one class every week?
How is the material available online?
How do I interact with the professor?
Is there interaction with other online students?
Are there group projects within online courses?
What is a typical schedule for an online class?
A course will typically last 4 - 8 weeks. The syllabus outlines the requirements for the course. Each week, students may be required to post online their response to a question or assignment. They may also be required to respond to posts submitted by other students in the class. Quizzes and tests are also completed online.
What are some of the challenges when taking online classes?
One of the keys to being a successful online student is self-disciplined in managing your time. This is because you are not required to be in class at a specific time, so you must be motivated to get the work done on your own. If you have a family and/or a full-time job while you are taking online classes, it is important that you establish a schedule of when and how you will complete required course materials. If you do not understand an assignment, it is important to ask questions for clarification, so you do not fall behind. Instructors make themselves available to students via email, discussion boards, virtual office hours and conference calls.
How are online classes graded? What are instructor’s expectations?
Online courses are graded just like classroom courses. High-level critical thinking is required, and students leave the course with an understanding of the subject matter and an ability to apply their knowledge in a real-world setting. Standard assignments include reading the course text and additional materials, active participation in online discussions, quizzes, or tests, writing and submitting papers etc.
Are tests available online?
Are online classes self-paced or scheduled?
Many of our online classes with Fireside Analytics have specific start and end dates along with due dates for assignments. There are, however, some courses that are self-paced or independent study. This will all be in the course description so you know what the course expectations are.