Online classrooms are similar to traditional classrooms, but the pace is faster and we only communicate over the Internet. Right now, I am taking 2 courses that are 8 weeks in length. Since the courses only last a couple of months instead of a full semester, it seems like we always have assignments due.
Usually, our assignments consist of a reading assignment from our textbooks. After we complete the reading, we post our thoughts on the virtual class discussion board. We are assessed frequently via online quizzes in order to ensure that we are staying on track and keeping up with the required work.
I would describe our curriculum as challenging but manageable. That is exactly how I want school to be for me. While I don’t want it to totally take over my life, I believe that the point of education is to help me retain knowledge that I can use in my job after I graduate, so I don’t want it to be too easy. I want to be required to think in new ways.