Neuhaus's Patten Experiment

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Neuhaus, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. sideman

    sideman Active Member

    Certainly one of the best quotes I've seen on DI. Welcome.
  2. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    So, unfortunately, I have to call an early end to my Patten experiment. I did not anticipate a surge in my workload this summer. Unfortunately, I'm pretty buried. And it looks like I'm going to be buried until Thanksgiving. While I appreciate a good educational challenge my Patten studies have been causing my quite a bit of stress as I acknowledge them hanging over my head while I am unable to really make any significant progress. Because I came to this realization after my 5th week I am on the hook for the tuition. So I will remain active in the system until the end of the current term. Maybe I will pop in and, at a minimum, finish my class. But ultimately I'm kind of hoping I can sweet talk them into letting me drop my monthly payments (doubtful, but worth a shot). So we'll see.

    Here are my final notes:

    The grading system is actually sort of interesting. There is a standard and a challenge system. Under the standard system you do assignments and complete self-assessments for points. Basically, there is a maximum of 1,000 points for the course. In the standard system your final exam is worth 400 points, your final project is worth 400 points and a myriad of smaller assignments all total up to a maximum of 200 possible points. Under the challenge system the final exam is 500 and the project is 500.

    I feel like I learned some things. But ultimately, I feel like I was taking a course that prepared me for a CLEP exam. At New Charter my courses ended with either an exam or a project (not both). Having both of them at the end was a bit daunting. And if real life interferes it can definitely feel like an insurmountable challenge. I'm picturing a 20-something me doing this while I was in the Navy and I could picture it being a very fruitful venture. I was still hungry to earn my bachelors degree. But present me, while disappointed that I kind of wasted $800, went into it realizing that this term was, at best, going to give me a bunch of credits I don't actually need for anything. So there is definitely a difference in motivation between someone like me and someone earnestly trying to earn a college degree to further their career.

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