Questions related to taking courses over the internet or other electronic distance-based coursework.

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Knowing that most students submit assignments right around the deadline, is it advisable not to set deadline that is very late at night?

Like many on this site, I use a Moodle-type online Content Management System to give assignments to my students, and receive the finished work for grading. This is in a traditional context where the ...
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What makes an online course a valuable learning experience for a student?

I just taught my first course that finished last week and I was asked to teach the same course for next semester. The only difference is that this time I will be teaching the course online. I have ...
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Coursea.org? Comparable to actual college level credit? [duplicate]

I have the option of undertaking a Coursera.org course in An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python, which is stated to be eligable for a Fundamentals of Computing Specialization , which ...
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Why would a grad school not want me to defer admission?

I have been accepted to a fairly competitive online computer science-related graduate program (in the US). It is a part-time program geared toward working professionals. During the application ...
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Would an online masters degree help me to become a professor?

This question seems to indicate the answer is no but I don't know enough to see whether being accepted into a PhD program equals getting a teaching job. I attended a private four-year school at which ...
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Enroll in an online program such as Open University provides for PhD, or wait 5-10 years and enroll at a 'normal' school?

I have a BSc and an MS. My GPAs for both are pretty good. I'd like to start doing more advanced coursework, though there are a couple of things impeding that at the moment. The first is, I work ...
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Is there any system that enables online office hours?

Can anyone comment on their own implementation of online office hours, ideally with the following characteristics: Free. (I'm happy to install software on my own server if needed) Allows for live ...
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How can I convince the university to apply security upgrades to the online learning system?

In my university, we've been using Moodle for many years (>5y). There was a general negative opinion on the Moodle for very different reasons, from "it's ugly" to "it's not up to date", going through ...
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Are free online courses worth anything? [duplicate]

There’s a lot of non-traditional ways to learn science without actually going to college. MOOC is the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear of free and certified learning. But are MOOCs worth ...
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Why don't typical US colleges offer more online courses?

Why don't typical US colleges offer more online courses so that all of the classes could be taken online? Online courses are cheaper, more profitable and more efficient to produce quantity of ...
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Are there any resources to find modern (or effective) assignment types, knowledge control techniques?

I'm participating in creating blended (online/offline) courses. Faced a problem of inventing well-designed assignments/assessments. There are already quizzes, essays valuated by teacher, webinars/live ...
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Why might professors in an online masters program give fewer assignments and less feedback than those in an in-person program?

When I was a graduate business student some 20 years ago in a major state university in south central US, my general impression was that almost all professors, with very few exception, were spending ...
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Mentioning courses taken on coursera.org in the statement of purpose

Is it of any value to mention a course one is following on www.coursera.org, in a SOP? For instance, if I have a Bachelor of Computer Science and want to apply for a Geoinformatics Master program, ...
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Online Computer Science Degree

I read that Georgia Tech recently created a MOOC for CSCI, and I am interested in this program. Has anyone done this program? there is not much information regarding the online degrees. 0bviously ...
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Is it possible to get a master's in speech language pathology online or part-time?

I am currently looking into a possible career change as a speech language pathologist. Is it possible to get a masters in SLP online? Or are there any part time programs that would allow me time for ...
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Should I include having taken free online courses without credit or certificate in an application for a master's programme?

I just finished my Bachelor in Psychology and the master's programmes I am interested in pursuing require some experience with at least one programming language. Of course, at no point in my studies ...
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Why is online course enrollment limited to specific times when a course is offered?

Online course providers like edX and coursera offer free courses, but you can only take/enroll the courses at specific times of the year (not any time). Why is that? If you just want to learn ...
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What to do when online instructor not giving meaningful feedback on research project?

I am enrolled in an on-line graduate course (US public university). I do not live near the campus, so I cannot attend office hours (which aren't even offered). For 3 months, I've been working on a ...
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Should departments have a policy regarding updating online resources?

My department has gone paperless and uses Moodle to provide all information to students in an electronic format. With a paper based syllabus the expectations were cast in stone (okay ink on paper). ...
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How can I get back on track after falling behind on my online courses?

I need some advice on how to catch up on my online courses. I have gotten really far behind on my work and lack the motivation to keep going. This my second year taking online courses and it seems ...
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Where can I register for a cheap or free online or distance Ph.D. program?

Is it possible do to an online or distance Ph.D. program at all? If so, are there ones that are cheap or free?
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What is the best way to start learning a new course?

For learning new courses by one's self is it better to read the related text to attend online courses such as from sites like Coursera to combine the two or use another method altogether In ...
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Are there any credible self-paced online courses with no deadlines?

I am a student expanding my expertise by performing online courses. I have decided it would be an advantage to me if I received some kind of certificate or credit for the courses I perform to gain ...
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Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology

I'm actually asking this question on behalf of a sibling who's pursuing a PhD in Biology. While I'm a Mechanical Engineering student and am "computer-savvy" and experienced in learning programming ...
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Are there forum-like collaborative Q&A/Annotation tools out there? [closed]

I’m teaching an introductory programming course using the Moodle platform and I find that the forums are not used as extensively as they could be. Especially, students ask duplicated questions, have a ...
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Are there any undergraduate research programs available online? [duplicate]

Is there something like an undergraduate research programme (given by a good institution) in mathematics/theoretical physics which provides a research opportunity in which I can collaborate online and ...
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How do I encourage learning to an underprivileged group

Some faculty members are required to perform service to the community. Providing free education that improve societal value is one of the many ways to deliver the service. However, we recently are ...
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Are there any aspects of PhD work that do not translate well to distance learning?

In another question about distance PhDs (Do any schools offer teaching or research assistantships via distance education?), I received several comments noting that PhDs on-line are of inferior quality ...
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What is the value of a Coursera certificate?

I took up an introductory course to forensic science in Coursera, because it was actually the only forensics course I could find that was accessible, however I do wonder if it is worth anything in my ...
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another master's degree or just single courses?

My case is the following, I have already got a MSc in Computer Science, but my field of specialization was Theoretical Computer Science. Actually I am really interested in the field of Machine ...
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Can you describe a required online science course that used discussion well?

I am re-designing an introductory biology course for an online summer session - five weeks of hard work for the students. They are mostly lower-division students who are re-taking the class or are ...
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How can I prove that I didn't plagiarize?

This year I have decided to take a Computer Science course on FLVS, an online learning institution. Throughout the whole year, I worked well, and I had a lot of fun with the course. I was close to ...
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Where can I take online MBA courses without being admitted?

Next year I will enroll in a full time MBA program. Until then, I would like to take transferable online courses to count towards my degree. I talked with admissions, and they will accept up to 6 ...
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Online tool for receiving student files

I'm a TA in several modules and one thing I couldn't find yet is a system to help me manage student lab submissions. Most online collaborative tools I've seen do not allow me to, or make it quite ...
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What information to put in Bibliography for a Online Course

In preparation for my honours thesis, I recently completed a (free) Online Course on the broader field, presented by a world class expert. I would like to (am ethically required to?) put this in my ...
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Distance learning: taken seriously?

I'm currently in the first year of a six year bachelor's degree aiming for astrophysics. The course is a home/distance learning setup run by the Open University. While I am enjoying it thoroughly, I ...
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Are there any legal issues in having someone's book as the basis and as a textbook for an online course?

I want to create an online course and use someone's book as the basis (follow the structure, topics) and as a textbook (use exercises, examples, etc). Note that I'm not going to distribute any parts ...
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How are instructors compensated for teaching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

This question prompted me to wonder what compensation comes with teaching a MOOC. Most of these seem to be sponsored by universities, but my university doesn't offer them and neither did my PhD ...
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How does one go about starting a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

Currently my university does not offer any MOOCs. I am interested in creating one. How should I go about it? Does my university need to sign an agreement with one of the providers such as Coursera or ...
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What is the status/reputation of the University of South Africa (UNISA)?

I would like to follow PhD studies in my field of Computer Science. The problem is that I have to work in my native country. I have read that this university, UNISA, is known because of their online ...
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What are the benefits for universities/professors to record online courses?

What are the benefits for the universities and particular professors in recording online courses (MOOC)? Do they get paid by Coursera and similar sites? Do they pursue publicity? I know that they ...
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Difficulty in admission to online software engineering graduate programs

I am currently in my junior year of undergraduate work at Creighton University and have found out that my employer may possibly pay for me to work towards a Master's degree. I don't know all the ...
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In-class pop quizzes (online) and how to moderate them

I teach an undergraduate course in thermodynamics. In class pop (surprize) quizzes account for about 10% of the grade. I use canvas for my in-class quizzes (and to collect homework assignments, start ...
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What are our main concerns regarding academic dishonesty in Massive Online Open Courses?

As illustrated by the recent NY Times article, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have recently gained a lot of attention because of their new model for educating students. What are the main ...
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How is PGCHE by distance learning viewed relative to in-class?

I've been told by some that online or distance learning PGCHE's (post grad certificate in higher education - basically a certificate in teaching), and distant learning in general, is seen as not ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of learning a subject through lecture videos

I have been contemplating studying some subjects by watching video lectures, more specifically Topology and Quantum Mechanics. I was wondering, if anyone has tried studying a subject on his own by ...
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Will advanced knowledge help my undergraduate research? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Overlearn in undergraduate College- good or bad idea? I'm about 0.5-2 year(s) ahead of my course plan* depending on how you see it, but I don't want to waste my time so ...
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Overlearn in undergraduate College - good or bad idea?

I have no choice but to take courses I've already learnt in college. So is it a good idea to overlearn? Would overlearning help me to get into graduate school? There are many ways for me to spend ...
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How is a Coursera exam typically conducted?

Many Coursera online courses have an exam component. This raises the question: Question How is a Coursera exam typically conducted? It seems non-obvious to me how one would conduct an exam ...
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How do MIT OpenCourseware and real MIT courses compare?

Are MIT courses much different from MIT OpenCourseWare? I am curious, because as a high schooler, I have some intent to study from MIT OpenCourseWare. Will this allow me to be more comfortable if I ...