RUOnline began in 2000 with a generous grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation. We launched our first fully online classes in 2001, and we've been growing ever since by placing students and faculty at the center of everything we do.
"After being away from Roosevelt for a few years, I decided to return to finish my bachelor's degree. Due to the nontraditional hours that I work, an online course was the only option for me that would fit in with my schedule. I had never taken one before, but am happy to say that I had a wonderful experience and will take another online class again. The convenience of it as well as not having to commit to going to the class was great. It is also a good way to learn self-discipline and the online discussion board was just as helpful as being in the classroom." -- Anita Hoskot, RU Online student
"Due to family and work issues, taking an online course was very important to me. Having taken on campus courses and now online courses, I prefer the online method. Compared to an on-campus class, I did not have to worry about office hours to communicate with my professor. I found that sending an email was much more effective, and I was able to save the responses for later reference. The tools available to me, such as the online grade book and discussion boards were extremely helpful. I did not have to worry about reading a physical blackboard and taking a bunch of notes, as the data I needed was always available." -- Nichole Jones, RU Online student
"Designing and delivering online classes has made me a stronger teacher. Instead of relying on my platform skills to make a class exciting, I must instead rely on the design and virtual delivery. I must plan ahead, develop measurable objectives, create interesting course lectures and assignments, and most importantly, stay involved in the forums. As all who have taught online know, there is no room for coasting. " -- Kathleen Iverson, Professor of Training and Development, RU Online faculty
Additional comments from RUOnline Students:
"With the constant feedback from my professor, I feel that I am actually getting more attention than in a traditional classroom."
"The quality of interaction was terrific because there was no pretense. Everyone seemed to feel free to express themselves. I've learned a lot not only from the instructor but from the students as well. I feel the discussion boards are great, they give everyone an opportunity to express themselves."
"I felt more comfortable conversing over the internet than I would in class. I am a very shy person and stress when having to talk in front of class. This made it easier to tell people exactly what they thought of their ideas and thesis statements."
"This internet course was a lot less stressful than conventional courses and allowed me sufficient time to learn and complete materials. There was no outside peer pressure with the internet. Also, it was a lot more convenient since I work full time and care for a family too. It made the learning process smoother."
"I like the fact that not only did you get an instructor's input you would also get input from your classmates (who possibly were currently in the field, life experience, knew someone, knew a link, or an example, etc.) Why settle with one answer/idea/suggestion when you could have several (now how often did you get this in a face-to-face course)?"
"Being able to take this class on-line allowed me to take the class I really wanted and to take the class I needed and not have to stay another two semesters to meet graduation requirements."
"I think the quality of the interactions were generally superior to most standard classrooms that deal with time constraints."
"Most of all, I believe the professor's obvious commitment to the class and thoughtful, responsive postings made the course successful. He set the tone and the high standards for these discussions."
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