November 27, 2008
I have just received my Masters in Information Systems from UOP (all on-line by the way) on October 31, 2008.
For people like me on line classes are the absolutely best thing every invented — for the first time in my life I could go to school when I wanted to and at my convenience. I avoided getting my advance degrees for the longest time because the idea of working all day and then sitting in a classroom for 3 hours at night turned my stomach; I would rather have root canal without Novocaine.
With the online classrooms, I could log into the class when I was at my thinking best — usually at 4 AM. I could sit down with coffee in hand and a very quiet house and concentrate on the assignments given. To give you an idea how effective this was for me: I received my Bachelor Science in Information Technology and my Masters in Information Systems in a little overy 4 and a half years.
For anyone who is thinking about online schooling there are some items you should concider:
First — You need a boat load of discipline. The professors who teach the classes are professional in the class they are teaching, but they are not going to hold your hand. You are responsible for the assignment due.
Second — Since there is very little testing there is moutains of writing assignments that test your understanding of the topic, your ability to think, and your ability to adapt the topic to fit a real-life scenario, such as your current place of employment.
Third — There is a lot of posting. A student needs to post 4 days out of 7, with a bare minimum of 2 posts a day. The post need to be a minimum of 300 words and have to add to the discussion.
Fourth — Since you will be writing so much, English writing skills are an absoute must! This was my major weakness, so on top of working on my school assignments I had to learn how to write better. A good book on English grammar comes in very handy.
Online schooling is not for everyone, you will need access to a computer every day; this means if you go on vacation you will need to take a laptop with you. I remember being in Disney World with my wife and having to log into my Java Script class for two hours a day.
Lastly, the classes are hard and there is no slack given. My hardest class was the Java programming class where I spent 50 hours a week working on programs (yes, documented we had to keep a daily Control Sheet) while spending 40 hours a week at work. Between the stress of my job and the never-seem-to-work programs I got very little sleep; on average I got 3 hours sleep a night.
OK, I babbled enough about UOP.
I created this blog as a daily(ish) screen shot in my career of working with computers. My goal is to present to the world (you dear reader) my adventures in IT, share information, and have a little fun along the way.