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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-20-2006, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Online college WHAT DO YOU THINK?

So I am going to bite the bullet and get my BS in Electrical eng. But I have to get my gen ed out the way. has any one heard of the NAU ( National American University)? I am out on a island (San Clemente island) durring the next three years. Online studies is the only option for me. So, I figured I would ask you all what you thought.

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I think online schooling is a great option. I do it myself. But you have to be very disciplined or else you get way behind, really fast. You don't have that interaction with the instructor which can make learning a little more difficult. You are pretty much teaching yourself with a little guidance.

I say go for it.
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I think that if the school from which you eventually get your degree accepts the credits from that school, then by all means. My brother is doing online courses and loves it.

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I would have to agree that you need to be VERY self disciplined. I took an online trig class my freshman year here (one of those I didn't do well enough on my entrance exam things...) and it was extrememly difficult to get the stuff done for that...even though it was only trig...along with taking actual classes (Ag Engr...similar to mechanical engr). I also took Bio 109 (easier than HS Bio) and did very poorly in that as well. Some of the classes that I have taken I personally would not take online, but that is just me. You will loose some of the valuable hands on lab time by doing classes online, but if you feel you can make it through that many onlines, by all means have at it. I know some people are 9-5ers and can't make regular classes and in your case, off shore, and that is the only option. Just my $0.02

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Thanks Guys...I am 33 and have found my disciplin working in the navy. So I figure if I put 3 hours a night it will be all good. Thanks agian...

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I have taken almost half of my college courses online and depending on the course I find it alot better than attending school physically.

Stuff like Math and English or ANY LAB Class I wouldn't recommend online, but any other course would work IMO. I took a Science Lab online and it was the worst experience ever in school for me.

But like Grasshopper said, as long as your final graduating school will accept the colleges credits, Go for it!

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My friend finished his last semester online an he liked it. Plus you can cheat all you want.

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I don't know what school you guys are going through but there is no way to cheat with what i'm doing. It's tons of papers and someone sitting over your shoulder watching you take your finals (that are not open book). Doing my degree online is the best option for me right now. It does take a lot of discipline. Good luck!
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Online classes can be great but I am in my final year of my electrical engineering degree. You just simply can't get all the knowledge you need for these classes online. With many other majors it's very do-able, read some books write a few papers no big deal. EE or any other engineering degree is a completely different ball game. You NEED to have a teacher there and some in class instruction for a good deal of the classes. What would be done about labs??? I would say get the gen ed classes out of the way online and go to a real school for engineering, you will be much better off. BE prepared for MANY MANY hours of work for engineering, it isn't easy.

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I've beet thinking about getting a job that requires basic electrical and electronic knowledge. The company's website recommended heathkit for online schooling. I'm thinking of going ahead with it before too much longer.
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funderbird, I see you are 33 years old, so I'll assume you've been in the Navy for a few years. And, since you're going to San Clemente, probably some kind of a tech rate.

I got my BS in Liberal Studies from New York Regents College, which is now Excelsior College. I'm a nuke, so I had a lot of elective credits from the nuclear power training pipeline, and I was an EM1 at the time, and they gave a ton of credits for military experience, too.

I took the five CLEP general exams, including the English Comp with essay, to get the freshman year Gen Ed requirements done. That knocked out 30 Semester hours, and I had enough overall from the military experience/schools to get me over the required 120 sem-hrs, but I still needed 25 upper level credits (nuke power school was only worth a few). Regents let me take GRE Subject exams to get the upper level credits. I took Sociology, Revised Education, and History, and I got 42 upper level credits, plus some more lowers (some areas of these three exams overlap credit-wise).

Keep in mind, I did this the first time I was on shore duty, back in 1996. I was stationed in Bangor WA, working in the nuclear repair department at the time. My hours weren't stable, with occasional shift work, and my wife and I had a newborn baby at the time. Testing out of everything seemed a logical move for me. I don't think I'm the smartest nuke in the ocean, but I've always been good at multiple choice exams. The CLEP English Comp exam wasn't any harder than the stuff I did in high school Comp (thank you, Iowa school systems!). The total amount of time I spent taking exams was less than 20 hours, and I put maybe 2-3 hours into the ARCO CLEP study guide (Humanities section). Due to the frequency of test dates between the Bangor sub base and the shipyard in Bremerton, I was able to get everything done in six months. I spent ZERO hours in an actual college classroom.

Have you looked at NKO yet? Thomas Edison also offers some good programs, with some actual courses required. For my world, Nuclear Engineering Technology seems to be popular, but I just wanted a BS, and I wasn't too picky about what.

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I'm working on my degree for a Bachelor's in Psychology through Thomas Edison. They are a great school. I'm in the Coast Guard so all my electives were credited for training I've done. There are a ton of colleges that work with the military. Funderbird if you are in the military take to your education officer and they can give you all the info.
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