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How Fast do Online Classes Move?

Online courses have become extremely popular with adult learners, particularly those who are already working or face other constraints of time. Since time is of the essence, online courses work on timelines that are usually flexible to a certain extent. The courses remain online for a time period that accommodates students who are slow or have not been able to attend scheduled classes for some reason. Colleges have secure sites where you log in to access the course material.

How Flexible are the Timelines for Online Colleges?
Traditional colleges have fixed semesters and fixed times of admission. You cannot afford to miss a semester without adversely affecting your grades. On online programs there are usually no strict timelines restricting a semester. The best part about the flexible timeline is its in-built ability to accommodate both weak students who can go at a slower pace and avoid getting poor grades and smarter students who can enroll for two degrees simultaneously. While slow learners have the option of taking fewer subjects in each semester, those with a higher IQ can choose more subjects per semester. If you choose fewer subjects for each semester, then the duration of your course is longer. The flexibility of a semester for any online course can be anywhere from 16 to 80 classes.  Also visit NorthwestCollege.edu to get a better feel for what an online course can offer.

Do Online Colleges have a Fixed Time of Enrollment?
Most colleges across the U.S. open with a new semester in September, and this is also true for online colleges. But besides this, online colleges also open for admission at other times of the year. The quarterly admission facility is especially open for students who may have dropped out of campus courses for some reason.

How does an Online Timeline Work?
Other than completing the course within a specific period of time, online classes do not stick to a timeline - to facilitate self-paced learning. However, like traditional classes, there are general instructions and an estimated time for completion of each part of the course. Sometimes courses are so designed that you can access the next step only after you have been evaluated and have passed the first step. The nature of your course will decide these processes and the type of submissions that you will need to make. Even if timelines exist, they differ from one to another college. While some may actually require you to complete a course by a fall, spring, or summer semester, others may stipulate that you finish it in a year.

Does Flexibility Mean Lack Of Discipline?
The flexibility factor necessitates more discipline. In most cases you will be trying to complete your course along with other commitments, job or family, and if you are not a disciplined student (one who sets aside a certain number of hours to complete a certain number of lessons), then to perform at an expected level will be extremely difficult. To have your resume reflect a certain process of continuity commensurate with your previous education, it is important that you complete your online course within a reasonable time frame. A resume reflecting a long-drawn course completion record will reflect negatively during your interview. In an online method the onus of learning is more on you - so even an 'anytime', 'anywhere' approach does not reduce the intensity or seriousness of motive.

Does Flexibility Mean Less Hard Work?
Most often than not the curriculum, assignments, and projects of an online course are the same as in the traditional approach to that course. However, the lack of constant instructor and peer interaction often limits immediate 'help' in the form of suggestions and clarifications. This sometimes makes the workload seem greater in an online environment. Also the class work and study may be quite rigorous, depending on the duration of each course. If you would like to dig a litter deeper into the online course experience, please read Do Online Degrees Have Any Worth? for further informaion.

How Fast Can I Earn An Online Degree?
Traditional learning has students earning their bachelor's degree in four years. Though online students have been seen to take as long as five years to complete a degree course, they can also do it in a shorter time if they are capable. Online students usually opt for a single course at a time, and finish a greater number of courses, to complete their degrees before time. Also, while traditional courses allow you to take 18 credits in a year, an online college will allow you to take up to 27 credits per year.

The best thing about the flexibility of the timeline in online learning is that it helps you to study at your pace, whether fast or slow. While it does not strain the slow learner, it does not hold back the fast learner.


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