The time spent at AIU was an interesting one. Some things
were new, and others weren’t. This was my first online learning experience
which means, from the beginning, things look a little strange as compared to
the traditional learning environment. Instead of the physical campus, we had a
virtual one. But this virtual campus also allowed students to interact with others
(tutors, advisor, etc.) in a rather private way; this, in my point of view is
good. The correction of assignments was
done without much delay which motivates students to work harder. The submission
of assignments was sometimes difficult when the web form crashes. This was
later clarified by AIU that it was a browser problem. AIU has a good respond
team with respect to enquiries and other important information. The student
services department were always available to respond or give additional
information about an issue. They sometimes call the student if need be.
One thing that I experienced at AIU that is not at any other
university is the fact that students can create their own curriculum. Most
time, schools have a set of curriculums that students are obliged to accept.
According to them, this makes learning difficult for students that are not good
in some of the courses thereby leading to mass failure. There is a video
tutorial that drills new students through the procedure.
The virtual library has lots of books, magazines and
newsletters. One issue I had with the library is the number pages that can be
downloaded per book. It is usually restricted to sixty plus pages per download.
However, I had the option to visit other web pages in case I needed to do
additional research. The materials were however useful.
From the beginning, making payments was a little expensive
because I used the western union person to person. This was made cheaper when I
started using the western union: quick collect service in the USA.
In conclusion, my experience at AIU was a good on and I urge
you to continue to improve your services.
– Ishmael Lee Kweyete