By Lauren K. Bynum Lauren BynunenPublished Nov 01, 2017 12:18PMUpdated Nov 02, 2017 11:13AMStudents at California State University, Northridge are taking the online learning experience to the next level by writing informed choice essays in their classrooms.
The new online education initiative, called Informative Essays, has been a hit for students, teachers, parents and administrators.
The idea is simple: students can share ideas and learn from the process.
“Students have a lot of creative thinking to do, and that’s why it’s so important that students are engaged in this,” said Laura McNeil, assistant professor of communication at Northridge.
The process is based on an online course called “Informative Essay Writing 101.”
It’s one of more than 1,300 online courses that have been created for students in Northridge since the school opened in 2009.
Students can choose to complete a one- or two-credit class, which will cover topics like the student body, their own experience, their peers, the importance of learning, the value of education, and more.
Students can write essays that are up to three pages long, and will be posted on the website.
Students also have the option to upload an original project or to make their own work, with a minimum of 500 words.
They can also choose to upload a project that is at least four pages long and has to be submitted to a department chair.
They are also required to include a short essay that explains why the work is important and why it was chosen.
The first class, called “An Informed Choice,” was open to all students, but it was open only to students who attended Northridge between April 15 and November 15.
Students who completed the class and had to wait to see the results of the second class were notified that the first class was closed and students who hadn’t completed the first would be notified the next time the class opened.
“We didn’t expect it to be as popular as it has been,” McNeil said.
“We had a lot more students enrolling than expected.”
The online learning initiative is being piloted at three Northridge campuses.
At Northridge, students can use the same online course to complete two classes, but students can also complete one class.
Students will have to fill out the online application at the start of the semester and then sign up for the course online.
At the start, students will receive a registration code, which is linked to their email address.
They will then be able to log into the online course, complete their assignments and take their classes.
Northridge will begin offering Informative Lessons this fall, and students can begin taking the courses in November.
McNeil said they hope to eventually offer a class that will take all of the online content, including a lesson plan and a class description, for the full length course.
The online courses have been a popular tool for the University of Northridge because it’s not just a few students taking online classes.
Northridge’s online learning program is now being used by more than 3,000 students.
“It’s really a great way to learn,” McNeill said.