Computer & Technical Online Course Reviews
"The instructor was helpful and courteous, going out of his way to answer questions about the material that may not have been relevant to the class itself. I would definitely recommend others take this instructor's courses."
"What a fantastic course, especially for the cost. You can get out of it whatever you are willing to put into it. I would recommend this course to others."
"The was exceptional in the way it was administered and written. I got more that I expected. Excellent course."
"Great course! This week I was able to contribute in a conversation about ODBC and API in a 3-tier environment. I couldn't do that before taking this course. Thanks!"
"I liked the course very much and it has changed my view (in a positive and constructive manner), on how to approach building a database. I especially liked the introduction to the course as it gave me an insight as to the background of students undertaking this course. This is especially interesting as students are from different parts of the world."
"Awesome! This course went into more depth than a similar course I took in person several years ago, with the added benefit that I could do it when convenient with my (often!) complicated schedule. Many thanks!"
"I build online courses so I always find it interesting to see how other courses are constructed. This is one of the best courses I have seen (and taken part in) by far. The instructions were crystal clear and thanks to the instructor's writing style, it seemed like I could hear her voice in my head. She added a real personal touch, much appreciated!"
"This is a very rich and excellent course. It captures all that I need to learn in order to improve my site. Learning by working on projects is a very effective and rewarding experience. The discussion area is very rich too. I learned a lot from my classmates. The many tools I was introduced to are very useful and helpful. Thanks a lot!"
Introduction to Technical Writing for Industry Reviews
"In my current employment, there are no documentation standards or guidelines. By taking this course, I felt enlightened right after I learned how to create a procedure and tinker with the writing style. I also learned how to identify the key emotional competences for outstanding performance." - Chen Chu
"This course met my expectations perfectly - Jonathan provided extra materials and valuable feedback in addition to the text. The class was very well structured." - Robin Kruse
"This course was very well thought out. I enjoyed the information about the Tech Writing profession, along with, useful writing examples and guidelines. " - Jim Whitsel
"Jonathan was wonderful. Patient and understanding of my hectic lifestyle. He was very helpful and his comments were always given in a positive way. " - Selina Cidade
"Taking this class gave my a background in the field of Technical writing which I did not previously have." - Adesuwa Evbuoma
"I like how the workshop has been currently designed. Each module and topic challenges the students to bring out and reinforce creativity and resourcefullness. I also like how you give constructed comments and suggestions to areas that needs improvement, and on how you direct students to very useful and relevant book resources." - Diadema Martinez
"My knowledge greatly increased because I knew so little about technical writing before taking this course. I feel that my writing skills improved. My course instructor, Monika Duvinage, was terrific. The instructor`s feedback was quick, comprehensive, well thought out, and very helpful." - James Antonucci
"Extremly high. Little things I was struggling with are no issues to me at this time. I have more confidence. I`m making sure I tell other people about my success. " - Jennifer Taylor
"I have an awareness of what technical writing is about. My writing skills improved & my attitude is positive now. Before I did not really think that I could pass this course, but now my self confidence has increased." - Sujata Cukkemane
"My knowledge increased extensively. The projects helped me be more confident in my ability to write and communicate. Learning the various rules of technical writing have been very helpful." - Judy Evans
Advanced Technical Writing Reviews
"This is the first online course I have taken. One its benefits has been Diane`s accessibility and encouragement. She has answered all the questions I`ve asked her in a timely, pleasant and thorough manner." - Barbara Tomasello
"I learned what a proposal is, how to plan one and write a winning proposal. I also learned about designing Request for Proposals.Diane has a friendly, gentle teaching style which I really enjoyed. She answered every question I gave to her well." - Cameron Marschall
"The instuctor offered very valuable comments on every assignment. It was very obvious that she had taken the time to really look at my work, not just quickly scan over it. Her comments were very useful." - Linda Gill
"Great instructor, great course material. I learned a great deal!" - Susan Culbreath
"My writing on the job has definitely improved. I write more confidently as a result and more frequently. In addition, I am more open to suggestion about my writing than previously. I think I`ve gained a greater sense of collaboration in terms of publishing a document. I did use my final assignment to help prepare me for a potential proposal that may prove to be very lucrative. " - Alex Milosavljevic
"I have never written a proposal, so everything I learned in this class was new and exciting. My writing and design skills improved. In order to complete the class, I had to study the advanced editing and design tools in Word and Excel. I am significantly more confident and more respected in the workplace. Diane was a terrific instructor. " - James Antonucci
"I was very pleased with the course. It was rigourous, but not consuming, which I needed with my schedule.I intend to take online courses whenever the need arises rather than a traditional course. I felt I had individual attention, and the time flexibility was invaluable. " - Jean Breeding
Q. Online Classes: Are They A Good Fit For You?
Frequently Asked Questions
A. Online classes are often very different than traditional face-to-face classes in terms of the presentation of material, the nature of the interaction among class members, and the necessity for independent learning driven by student resourcefulness. A flexible schedule in which to do assignments from the comfort of home, a decrease in travel time, and a decrease in expense for gas are notable benefits of distance learning environments. Additionally, many students report that they actually learn more in online classes than in face-to-face classes due to the immersion in the subject, and therefore find the experience more rewarding than a traditional learning environment. But online classes are not the best fit for all individuals. Even an excellent student may find that distance learning is not compatible with his or her particular learning styles and preferences. So, before enrolling in an online class, a student should give some thought to whether the distance learning environment is a good fit for his or her educational needs. Answering the following questions may help in this process:.
While there are many points to consider when making a decision about online learning, ultimately it is the student who is the best person to make the decision about its appropriateness. An individual who has cultivated a good work ethic, strong study skills, and an internal drive to learn will likely find that an online learning environment is an excellent alternative to the traditional classroom environment that provides incredible flexibility and a rewarding learning experience with nearly limitless opportunities.
Q. Do you have self-discipline and motivation?
A. Unlike traditional courses in which the students and instructor meet face-to-face once or several times a week, most of the learning activities and communication in an online course are asynchronous, meaning that class members participate and complete their assignments at different times throughout the day and week. This arrangement makes it possible for students to do coursework at all hours of the day and week, whenever it is convenient. Assignments and discussions often follow a schedule in which students have a range of days in which to contribute, but this arrangement, with the increased freedom and flexibility, requires responsibility and self-discipline. Without the structure of regular class meetings, a student must self-regulate and carefully keep track of scheduling for assignments and discussions.
Q. Are you able to commit the proper amount of time each day or week to an online course(s)?
A. Online courses require at least as much, if not more, time and commitment than traditional courses. Students must complete the work that would normally take place in a traditional classroom while online through discussions and projects; they then must also complete assignments similar to those provided in a traditional course setting. Completing course assignments and other learning activities can take from five to fifteen hours (or more) per week, depending on the number of credits the course is worth, and the nature of the subject matter. With some classes, a student may need to be online almost every day. Before enrolling, a student should ensure that he or she can set aside ample time to work on daily and weekly assignments.
Q. Are you comfortable using computers?
A. While students don't need to be Information Technology majors or programming gurus to take an online course, basic computer skills are absolutely essential, such as such as word processing, typing, and Web browsing abilities. Students also need regular access to a computer and reliable Internet connection. Individuals who are not computer savvy are not necessarily unfit for the online environment as there are opportunities for training at local libraries and community colleges. It is often helpful to brush up on basic computer skills before enrolling in an online course.
Q. Will you miss the traditional classroom and its social components?
A. Online instruction often requires a tremendous quantity of interaction between students, but this interaction is different from the sort provided in a traditional classroom. Some students prefer being able to listen to an instructor's cadence and watch his or her use of facial expressions and other nonverbal cues when processing information. Additionally, many of the social elements of a college environment are removed, such as the early-arrival chatter and after-class rehash. Some students in distance learning environments miss having the opportunity to see and listen to their instructor and classmates; however, many quieter students find the online environment freeing because there is less pressure to speak amongst a more gregarious and vocal audience.
Q. Do you have good communication skills and enjoy expressing your ideas in writing?
A. In online courses, nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that the student feel comfortable with written expression of ideas. Professional writing skills are essential, and this may be an unfamiliar standard for those individuals who are more comfortable writing in the informal tones commonly used in blogging and on social networking sites. This attention to technical accuracy is necessary because the online medium does not provide for non-verbal cues, emotive icons, and body language to assist with clarity. A student should honestly asses his or her formal written communication skills and make sure to strengthen these skills before enrolling. Additionally, a student should be aware of the quantity of writing required before considering an online course.
Q. Do you feel comfortable asking instructors for assistance?
A. In the online environment, any technological issues that arise should be dealt with as soon as they are noticed. A student must be comfortable approaching an instructor in person or through e-mail with any technological problems or course content issues. In a traditional environment, an instructor can tell when students are confused by raised hands, confused facial expressions, and other nonverbal cues, but in an online environment, a student must be proactive or the instructor will never know there is a problem.
JAFFA Inc. Computer Learning Center
Dover, FL, 33527