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Best online colleges for computer science?

Asked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Joanne’s Answer

Updated Montclair, New Jersey

I just finished my masters in information science / library information science from Drexel University.

Most online programs appear the same - they use software called 'blackboard' and the professor posts assignments/syllabus for class.

The quality of the class really depends on the professor teaching it. I had one professor using notes from 5 years ago (was easy to see because he didn't change the dates on the papers), whereas, other professors were easily accessible after hours (which is REALLY important in choosing an online program.)

Online programs require self-discipline. You have to commit to meeting the class' requirements by a certain date/time. Also, group projects via an online class is borderline horrific. The memories still make me cringe. You are challenged with folks with different priorities and time schedules - group classes, online = horrific.

Overall, the Drexel University experience was good. Technically, the software worked fine and most of the professors were accessible.

I hope this helps.

Daniel’s Answer

Updated Seattle, Washington

Georgia Tech, hands down, assuming we're talking online masters here. There's a lot of other good online master's programs though.

For undergrad I have no idea. Maybe Oregon or Florida?

Will echo what Joanne said above. It'll be challenging, and hinge a lot on (a) your own personal stake of time committed, and (b) luck of the draw on quality of individual professors. Of course you can eliminate some of (b) by doing research ahead of time, but sometimes there won't be as much choice.

Group online work in a professional environment is already challenging, even among highly paid and motivated professionals. In a class setting, it's a nightmare.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

It does not really matter where you go to school. The important things are getting to know yourself to know which area of computer science, which is very broad and has many applications, to choose (based on your personality traits), work hard to get the best grades, and do well at developing and maintaining interpersonal (vs computer based) networking contacts and support, which will benefit you throughout your education/career journey.

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

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