Brick and Mortar, or Cyber School
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Be Cognizant of Deadlines
Equivalent to attending a traditional setting, deadlines are to be met.
Students can call or email a professor before class to explain any
challenges or ask questions. Be that as it may, my cyber professors were
very strict. Once a deadline was set, it was set in stone. All work,
including research papers, postings and exams had to be completed within
a specified time frame. Checking your syllabi for all of your classes
will help you keep track of your deadlines. In contrast, deadlines in a
traditional setting can be altered. (For example, it's very difficult to
get to school during a natural disaster.) Just like a
professor will verbally remind you of exams and assignments, online
professors will send reminders via email or post on discussion boards.
However, you must check your email and discussion boards daily.
Class Participation without Procrastination
Not unlike a brick and mortar setting you must participate in class. While
in cyber class, participation includes posting answers to professor's
questions and peer reviews. All participation is communicated via the
school's email or discussion boards. Not posting on the discussion boards
is equivalent to not showing up for class. In a regular setting one must
be mindful of verbal comments about another student's work. The same is true online. In one of my
classes the professor placed us into teams to complete a project.
She left it up to us to nominate a team leader. Well, one student, (I'll
just call him student X) took the reigns and became a self appointed
leader. Most of us didn't mind except one person, (student Y). X and Y
disagreed about everything. Eventually, the professor had to separate the
two into different groups.
Procrastination is a big obstacle to overcome in either setting. You still need to successfully manage your time to
complete all assignments.To help eliminate distractions I scheduled my
time for school work early in the morning and late at night after my son
went to bed.
Overall, I found that online discussions and interactions were just as beneficial
to my learning experience as a traditional campus. I really
enjoyed the peer review and giving and receiving feedback from the other
students. At graduation it was wonderful to actually meet my classmates
and professors. I look forward to obtaining my master's degree in a cyber
Christine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media (formerly Culture and Communications) online from the Cuny School of Professional Studies.
She currently lives in New York with her son Jared who is 12.