UIC grad explains his concerns about online learning

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Rick T. Reyes (RN, BSN), Class of 2015

Many prospective students are concerned about adjusting to the online learning environment. Some think they might not get the same level of interaction out of the program as an on-campus program. A recent graduate shares his initial reservations and how online learning worked for him.

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When I first considered on online health informatics program, I did have reservations about the online format. I have felt that maybe I would get more out of a face-to-face, more traditional interaction.

Once I was in the program the asynchronous communication where students post to the discussion boards at one time, and I respond at another time, that really did feel like we were conversing in real time. By the time the program began the focus was more on the material rather than the medium in which we were interacting. The knowledge that I did get from UIC’s health informatics program was for all intents and purposes equivalent to what I would have done I feel in a face-to-face setting.