Online learning is definitely one of the newest and fastest moving industries; more and more students are opting to getting their degree this way instead of going to a land college, mostly due to the convenience of the schedule, where before a full time employee, could not fit schooling into their schedule, but they are finding out now that they can do this through the online environment, so they are utilizing this alternative way of achieving their higher education. Yet, the online environment is unlike the land college, because there is no face to face contact, so the University of Phoenix tries to make the experience as realistic as it can by: 1) providing a rEsource for the students to go to for their writing projects; and 2) designing classes that simulate real life learning situations where students become part of a learning team, 3) and focus on problem based learning.
The Value of rEsource
A student can go to rEsource for any help that they may need in their writing projects. The rEsource is part of the online environment, after the student logs in. Once the student clicks on the rEsources on the course tab, the student then finds themselves in another screen. The class information is in the center of the page but the resources are located to the left of the page. A student has several different selections to cover which ever need they may have, 'Center for Writing Excellence', 'Required Writing Materials', 'University Library', 'Proficiency Assessment', and 'Learning Team Tools'. There are also two other sections, 'For Your Program', which provides the student with their course outline, as well as software offers and downloads to help the student meet the online requirements, and then it has a Resource Information' section, which provides the student with Tutorials and a help section, where the student can go to get help on their project. The most important fact about rEsource is that it is only as valuable as the student wants it to be. The key to rEsource, is that for the student to gain...