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Review of "Virtual University"
I do like learning new things and I’m always on the lookout for courses that don’t involve dragging yourself into to classes, which either can be done on line or at home on your own time and space. I’m one of the many that works full time, has a family and always try to balance learning with reality.But as many might know, online or distance learning is not cheap. The attitude usually is that if you are working full time then you can afford to pay for your learning. So a lot of online courses are rather ‘touchy’ when comes to price tags and sometimes don’t deliver what they promised.
There is a great variety of courses offered by many universities and colleges such as the Open University, which, don't get me wrong are great, if you want to aim higher and go all the way for a degree. But at the same time they can be very time and money consuming. Besides I don’t think I have the patience to wait for six years for a degree to tell the others that I have learned something. (Of course there are those new short courses which last to 12 weeks but even so at £95 per course still I find them expensive and longlasting..)My point here is that they are a lot of choices but unfortunately most of these choices are rather expensive…
The classes are weekly and they last normally between 4 to 6 weeks and will include a tutorial, suggested readings, a discussion topic and homework or an independent study project. Lessons are usually posted Sunday night (Pacific Time)on the students’ desk. You don't have to be online at any particular time to attend classes at VU, and you can study in your spare time.There is usually homework which accompanies the weekly lessons and which is optional, just to make learning better and an exam at the final week with a deadline on 11pm (Pacific) Saturday (usually on week five). You don’t have to take the exam if you are doing the course just for fun but only if you want to get what they call the CEUs (Continuing Education Units). These are globally recognized units of measure for recording participation in continuing education activities and one CEU represents 10 hours of participation in an organized learning experience. They can be used for documenting new job skills, re-certification, wage upgrades and promotions, etc. I don't know though how these credits actually work here in the UK but of course they aren't college or academic degrees.
Unfortunately if you don't manage to complete a class you have to retake it and pay the registration term fee as you pay per term.The fees are paid before classes start with credit card or with cheque or money order in US $.
The VU is one of the oldest and largest online learning community and they are have being running since 1995. They claim that over one million people from 128 countries have attended their online classes.
Their home page is pretty easy to navigate (http://vu.org). From your virtual desk, you visit classrooms, the Chat Cafe, world news, weather, and a variety of tools and resources.
Most of the tutors are volunteer instructors and student mentors who help make online learning enjoyable for all. Which means that you can yourself at some point become a volunteer instructor as a lot of their instructors are previous VU students.I'm doing, this term three classes; writing non fiction, HTML for beginners and numerology, which I find really enjoyable, easy to follow and understand. The tutors are great but best of all I find very helpful the discuss forum, where you 'publish' your homework. A great place for enquiries and discussion with tutors and students. I'm looking forward to the next term which will start next month (August) for more classes...
All in all Virtual University is a good place on line for learning basic skills, easy to understand subjects without needing to spend too much time or money and keeping in touch with people from around the world. Online learning at its best.
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