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What are the requirements for your learning experience?
I'm taking cataloging next semester - we'll see how well that goes. I can't imagine cataloging without being able to see the books.
I guess it's more about cataloguing rules and theory than the actual books themselves. It's exciting though.
As for personal tuition, at the start of each module you have to attend a wekk summer school which sets the tone for the year.
I think it depends how motivated you are and how interested you find things. Independent learning isn't all about being online; in my course we hae lots of books to read and assignments to write too!
I usually go to professional organizations for networking - I've found it easier to meet people with my specific focus. That's just me, though, everyone has different experiences.
I've done several advanced/professional courses with the Open University, and am completing a PhD-at-a-distance from York. Several of my employees have done similar MAs (Museum Studies and Archives). They have been very well supported (as I was on the OU courses in post-compulsory education). They are much more set up for people doing day jobs than traditional masters and PhDs - working and practice are seen much more as benefits than as distractions!
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Because we spend 2 weeks living, eating, and studying together at least once a semester, sometimes twice, we know most everyone pretty well. The residential students who take on-line classes are generally less active in forming on-line community, but it can be done!
Where is your cyber school physically located?
I am now writing my PhD dissertation in Medical Humanities. I'm at the stage of--Will It Ever End??
Be sure it will end! Just make sure you're still alive when it does!
Just think of all the book-reading time you will have!
I am currently doing a part-time LL.M. (Masters in Law) as a distance learner through the Professional Development School at Osgoode Hall (York University). It's a program geared toward working professionals. It's offered face-to-face in downtown Toronto and through teleconference for distance students. Some classes are intensives, where students generally all attend in person in Toronto, for 3 days or so. For the weekly classes, many students opt to teleconference in from wherever they are. I'm in Ottawa, where there are several other students in the program, so we all attend from the same location and teleconference in to the Toronto classroom. Live teleconferencing allows for interaction with the Prof. (you can ask questions, make presentations, etc.), while the presence of intensive classes means we've actually met most of the people we see on camera. I'm really impressed with is as a set up. It seems to capture most of what is unique about the live classroom experience and ensure that most of those key elements are present for the distance students. I think it's a really good mix. I likely would not be disciplined enough for anything that was self-paced or did not include a specific lecture time at this point in my life. With working full-time, I need the structure of having actual class nights and deadlines to get my LL.M. done. I suspect is would be never ending project for me otherwise.