How To Add An Online Course To My Learning Plan Catalog

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How To Add An Online Course To My Learning Plan Catalog

As a student I enjoy exploring different courses and options. At Brandeis University this was the case for my undergraduate classes. There were 24 different departments on campus and I was able to see a variety of classes and options. Not only was it easy to see a clear academic vision in my interests and career choices, it also gave me confidence that my interests and skills were the right ones for the course. My UR non-credit credit courses were offered in a wide variety of programs and majors on campus. Many times these non-credit courses were also offered on an online basis. These are my experience finding, taking, and completing a variety of online courses to supplement my undergraduate education.

1. Course Navigator

For my information the UR online course selection guide is still available as a PDF download. I became aware of Course Navigator when I signed up for the Program on Campus program. Throughout the program I could look up available classes, click through a list of catalogs and applications, and then see what courses match my courses I already took. Course Navigator is a fantastic site. With the power of the UR website and the Portals (not to mention online ordering for campus purchases), students can take advantage of this site to get a free library of course information. Plus, in many courses the UR non-credit course also offers a discount, so additional courses are often available through other non-credit courses.

2. Course Search

I will not spoil the satisfaction of searching online for the course you are looking for. This service is called Course Search and it’s really worth it for a school like UR. Searching online for a non-credit course is much easier than selecting a course from a catalog or application. Most courses will have course descriptions in conjunction with a good search option. This option will even tell you if the course is on or off campus. Most courses can be found within a city, state, or college town so this will also give you a general idea of course availability.

3. Curriculum Download

This tool was always useful for us on campus! Having the word “curriculum” in front of the curriculum is a very valuable piece of information and definitely gives you some insight as to what type of course it is. Usually there is a link underneath and it will tell you the amount of information, required resources, and even expiration dates. Overall, if the course has enough information to make a student’s experience on campus enjoyable, then it will be very easy to complete.

Another useful feature of Curriculum Download is that a professor will allow you to print a copy and take the portion you are interested in with you. Students can even e-mail the course to take home. The form of scholarship in UR is very diverse and the best thing is that each non-credit program also offers some type of scholarship program. These scholarships are attractive to the student because they are funding for books, housing, and even travel costs if you are away from home while enrolled.

4. Online Scrutiny

Every time I went to an online event I would face a few questions. First of all, was the topic that I was studying the right topic? Was the curriculum descriptive enough? Did the professor’s presentation provide a lot of insight? Could I be burned out because of all the workload? What’s my grade point average? In the end, it never impacted my own learning experience in a negative way.

Conclusion

Overall, taking online courses is a valuable learning opportunity. At this time I have about 40 courses but there are many more that I need to complete my major. One major downside to these courses is the amount of hours one needs to spend online. I recommend that students who want to try out their non-credit courses should be able to start on the 31st of the first month of the semester or in early February. While some non-credit courses can be taken in early March, some may only be available during Spring Quarter.

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