Going the Distance in Online Education


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When I first started UB School of Nursing’s online RN-BS program, I had mixed feelings about how I would manage completing a degree online.

The flexibility of deciding the times of the day I would dedicate to school was a perk, but I still had some reservations: Would communication between the instructors and students be sufficient and timely? How can students complete a group project online? Would I be able to meet the deadlines?

As I navigated the program, my concerns were alleviated. My instructors were very organized and had great communication with the students. Group projects, though challenging to organize at first, allowed for flexibility in our collaboration because we didn’t have to work around class meetings. I also learned how to manage my time and busy schedule in a way that continues to benefit me outside of the (virtual) classroom.

Having successfully completed the program (class of 2016!), I can now say with confidence that earning my degree through distance learning was the best option for me. And, along the way, I discovered a few tips that helped me on my road to success:

The most important thing you should remember while taking online courses is that you are not alone!

Even though you are completing your assignments off campus, you have support from faculty and other students when you need it. Form connections with other students during discussions and group projects – you can talk to classmates to about the course material and assignments, and you become familiar with the interests of your fellow classmates. I encourage online students to find at least one other student to communicate with throughout each course.

There may be times that are stressful, especially if you do not have previous experience with distance learning. However, there are many resources -- whether it is the online library, instructors or other online students – that when fully utilized can help you achieve a depth of knowledge that we have come to expect from the traditional classroom.