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Written by Valerie Harvey
Taking online classes is a good choice for anyone who leads a busy life and would like to get his degree, or someone who would like to finish a degree that he started and couldn't complete due to unforeseen circumstances. The classes are generally five weeks long and start with an introductory discussion due by the first day of the week in the first week of the course. This is a student's chance to tell the instructor and classmates a little about himself, like family life, educational goals, and future goals. By the end of the five-week course, there is usually a research paper due that is about 25 percent of the student's grade. Within the five weeks, there may be quizzes and other assignments due. By the second or third week, the instructor may ask for a preparatory draft or outline to see how a student's final project/research paper is going.
To log into the student portal, a student does not have to be computer savvy. Ashford will send a link to students through their e-mail with a username and the student will come up with a password. Once the student is in the portal, he will be directed to the current class. Just click on the class to get into the class, although a student usually cannot log into a class until about a day or two before class starts. Once logged into the class, the assignments are broken up into the five weeks. The instructor will give a guide to the current week's assignments. Should the student have any questions regarding the week's assignments, there is a dropdown menu to send the instructor an e-mail to ask about anything that is not understood, or to let the instructor know of anything that comes up. The instructor is usually pretty good about getting back within the next day, or by Monday if the e-mail is sent on Friday.
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