Letter of Experience
I have been a student at AIU and I have had a wonderful experience.
First of all this has been my first online course that I have been able to do
at my own convenient time. I chose this route because I am a single, working
parent and I know that if I want to get further in my career, I need more
education. Taking courses here online are most convenient for me because of my
working schedule and home life.
I searched around for different online universities and what made my
decision was my admissions advisor. She wasn’t like any of the other
experiences that I had where they were pushing for you to join their college.
She was and has always been upfront and honest with me throughout my time here.
I chose AIU because I don’t have to worry about an uncredible education.
When I apply for jobs, I am very confident that AIU is on their list of
credible educators. It’s very flexible, just depends on one’s schedule. It has
also been convenient for me in all aspects. I just needed my computer fixed and
also needed to follow instructions, that’s I how I have been able to succeed.
As far as my experience in the virtual campus; I find it very easy to
navigate through. The library is right there as well as library assistants to
help find sources. I enjoyed that I was able to choose to design the curriculum
how I wanted. There is the MUSE technology that is a summary of the chapters;
pointing out the main parts of study using video and powerpoint presentations.
I have been lucky enough to have some very helpful instructors that
really care about student success. I have received very detailed critiques on
my assignments from instructors while others just respond with the generic
grading rubric text as a critique.
But just because online is a learning avenue, doesn’t mean that it’s
easier than sitting in a class. It’s very easy to get behind because there is
so much reading to do. If you don’t like tons of reading, I don’t suggest
anyone to take online courses. You have to have a heightened discipline about
yourself and a want to be successful.
AIU is a good school and it’s not fair to throw salt on their reputation
for those that think good grades will be handed to them without doing the work
just because it’s online. I know I work my butt off making the grade and have
been able to hold a 3.95 GPA since I’ve started. For anyone struggling and has
come across this; one thing my admissions advisor told me was to approach my
assignments with things in my life that I can relate to. It really does work,
just open your mind.
Good luck to those that embark on this path and just make sure that you
read and understand all of the directions. It’s not rocket science but if you’r
unsure, ask your instructor. Even though the turn around for emails and
voicemails is 48 hours, you will get a response but don’t wait till the last
minute to speak up. That’s your fault.
My experience at AIU – Online has been great up to this point. In my
opinion the Pros and Cons are as follows: Pros: The staffs are very supportive
and knowledgeable. As in most schools, some of the teachers are more engaged
then others. However, all of the teachers up to this point have been available
when necessary. They offer tons of content on their library which is extremely
helpful when doing assignments. The support they provide for each assignment is
fantastic. They try to meet everyone’s learning style…they provide an overview
of key learning’s via short videos, audio and PDF documents…this is a big deal
for me. Most of the books for each class are provided online which for me is
helpful when trying to search for certain topics. It’s up to the student to
choose if they want to participate. Cons: Overall, it’s about what you want to
put into the school…I think this is the same for any school you attend. The
more time you put in the more successful you will be at the school. The reason
I was willing to pay more for this school is because of the support they
provide and their willingness to provide information to meet different learning
styles. I found other online schools give you a book to read but do not provide
any videos or online tutorials to support what you are learning. I have loved
being in this school and i will continue because they have really been patient
with me especially when I had difficulty in paying and they have been
encouraging me not to give up. Iam proud to be part of AIU.
I have also learnt that with education you have to know what you want in
life and be determined to achieve it and learn to create time.
Lastly I want to thank all the people who have supported me during this
period especially my Academic Advisor and Tutors and also the Finance
department that has been so patient with me in times of difficulty please keep
it up. God Bless you