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I have always been impressed with the computer network at my university. There are many places on campus that a student can access the internet, print required assignments, or submit homework. As a design student I have access to all the software I need to finish projects that must be completed digitally. Neither a personal computer or printer have been necessary.
I am studying to be an art educator, and I have found that every class that is required shapes me to become a successful teacher. Mandatory classes include both that of studio/art classes, and education classes (such as classroom management). Studio classes are intensive, very time consuming, and tend to be applicable directly to the subject I will be teaching. Education classes are required for all future teachers, and are usually more general. All of the art classes I have taken have been in a studio, are project based, and there is very little group work. My education courses have been comprised of quizzes, reading, class participation, and in class worksheets. As a future educator, I am required to complete student teaching, ( a time where I am working closely with a certified instructor in the field) and this is comparable to an internship. Once my degree is completed, I will qualify to teach in any secondary school in the state.
My online course experience was indeed different from any of the traditional classroom work I've completed. I was apprehensive to take an online course at first, simply because it worried me to think the instructor would not be around to answer my questions. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the instructor was always prompt in replying to my questions through email, and more than willing to meet with me should I feel the need to speak with him face to face. This never was necessary, as the online set up of the curriculum was self explanatory and extremely well thought out. I enjoyed taking the course work at my own pace. In a new sense, I felt like I was in control of my own learning.
I have yet to have a problem with signing up for classes, largely due to both the school's flexibility and my work's. Though I have yet to take a class on campus, the faculty members, who helped me every step of the way to get in the college, always had time for me any random day I chose to walk in.
Overall, there is great academic flexibility at UVU. There are multiple campuses to take classes at, as well as many classes offered online. Also, for most classes, especially general education ones, there are many different class times to choose from. You make your own schedule, and they even have many night and weekend classes for those who work during the day.
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