6 Reasons Why You Should Take LIB100 Online at Wake Forest University
In high school, students raved about taking online courses all the time. Honors courses were offered ranging from English to physics, so it was an easy GPA boost seeing that you can do ALL the work on your own time. I personally took Honors Earth and Environmental Sciences online in high school, because I knew I could do it in a timely manner and my twin-brother and I could help each other out when needed. In the end, I took the course extremely haphazardly and didn’t retain much of the information that I studied, thus leaving online courses with a bitter taste in my mind. I did like the fact that it was easy to accomplish, and if you made anything less than an A, it was probably because you forgot to open your computer. I was provided the opportunity again in college to take a course online for credit and had a completely different experience. As I finish my last semester at Wake Forest University, I want to reflect on an online course I took on what usually would be considered LIB100 and explain why I believe it to be the perfect course to take online.
- You work on your own time. Sure, there are deadlines throughout the week to ensure that you’ve participated in discussions, turned in your work, and completed a check-list, but they really aren’t as time consuming as you might think. Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday were the biggest “check-point” days and most of the time you were already on-line, so it doesn’t take too long to check whether or not you’ve finished your work. It keeps you accountable and allows you to feel successful when you’ve submitted an assignment.
- You automatically get three make-ups, no questions asked. There were multiple times where I’d have a panic attack thinking I’d fail an assignment when in fact I had three make-ups that I could use throughout the semester! Sure, you still have to send that awkward email asking for an extension, but there was no need to provide an un/excused reason. It was guaranteed! This really helped me especially when I had an extremely overwhelming week working on my honors thesis or having to travel for a job interview. It was extremely helpful in ensuring a good grade. Talking about grades…
- You grade yourself! But don’t get too excited. You can’t just log in, log out, and expect to get an A. There is a predetermined amount of work for the “A-track, B-track, or C-track” in the course. So, yes, you get to pick and choose what you want to really focus on and the amount of work really does line-up with the work you do in the course. It’s honestly not too bad.
- You gain confidence. This one is a little odd, but in this course, we used a Skype-esque system where we video-recorded ourselves on an interface called “VoiceThread” where the professor would present information, and we the students in turn reply and start discussions building upon each other…via video cam! At first I was extremely awkward and recorded myself at least 15 times before I accepted a recording to be published, but towards the end you start to care less about how you look and more about what is being said, and that really facilitated discussions without having to interrupt someone in a class setting for example.
- The topics were extremely interesting. When I was a sophomore at Wake Forest, I heard from many friends about LIB 100 and how boring the course was. They raved about how easy it was and that all the work was done in class. I dreaded a boring class with busy work so I stayed far away. Truthfully, I didn’t take this course thinking it’d be extremely interesting, but more on the side of “I need 1 more credit class to graduate and online would mean I can do work without leaving my room”. In the end, I didn’t learn the Dewey Decimal Classification (DCC) system that I’d already been drilled on in elementary school, but instead learned about how technology, policy, research, and access to information all intertwine in our world today. The content kept me wanting to go back and look at instructional videos that were fun to watch.
- You can always ask for help. Lastly, I really enjoyed the help from the Librarian teaching the course. They were extremely helpful with explaining the ins and outs of the way we would take the course in the first week and everyone was rocking on with their participation since day 1. If I ever felt like I was lost, I’d email them quickly to have a response in less than 30 minutes. Most of the time, I didn’t need to ask for help due to the meticulous and somewhat funny/informal details that were given in the directions for each assignment. Our teacher killed on the instructional side of online courses for sure!
Again, I find taking LIB100 online as an extremely positive experience and have even heard rumors of a course designated for science majors that would be even more helpful for a chemistry major such as moil. I want to thank my classmates as well for providing an amazing atmosphere for the fruitful and exciting conversation through the course.