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  • I paid $60 through Sandhills while the same course would have been $129 if I had registered directly at ed2go
  • I found myself answering their questions very frequently when it appeared that they had not even read the current lesson
  • Unfortunately they did little to actually test your knowledge since they were multiple-choice questions about minor details of the material
  • So in summary, the course material was interesting although you can easily get it in more depth through a book

    • by The Mad Reviewer
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      I recently took an online class in real estate investing at Sandhills Community College. It is a non-credit class offered through ed2go.com. Apparently ed2go has several community college partners that use it to provide course content.

      The course fees vary depending on which partner you register through. I paid $60 through Sandhills while the same course would have been $129 if I had registered directly at ed2go.com. Sandhills also offers a great discount for senior citizens - just $5 for any class.

      The real estate investing class was well organized and it covered all the important topics. The class sylabus is available on the website and it explains the course objectives and topics. I am not a serious real estate investor, but was interested in the subject.

      The course material was


      well written and covered the topics adequately, although superficially. I am sure that the information is available at many other web sites if one is prepared to dig for it. There are also countless books available at any library that cover the same information in more depth than the online course does.

      The one advantage that the online course has is an instructor available to answer questions and offer further insights. I had several conversations with our instructor via the course message board about topics that went beyond the course material. The answers that I received were thought-provoking and on target. That ability to ask questions was worth course fee by itself. You can read dozens of books on a topic but without feedback from a knowledgeable instructor ...


      • you may never truly know the material.

        My interactions with other students via the course message board were much less satisfying. I found myself answering their questions very frequently when it appeared that they had not even read the current lesson. Most students were woefully unprepared for the discussions and offered little of value to them.

        After each lesson there is a quiz, to test your comprehension. Unfortunately they did little to actually test your knowledge since they were multiple-choice questions about minor details of the material. The comprehensive test at the end of the course was slightly better, although it to suffered from the multiple-choice form. More open-ended questions graded by the instructor would provide a much better evaluation of each student. Since this was a noncredit class the

        grading was irrelevant, although some comments from the instructor would have been nice.

        So in summary, the course material was interesting although you can easily get it in more depth through a book. The interactions with the instructor made the entire class worthwhile. Don’t expect to learn much from your fellow students, and make sure you register through a community college partner to get the lowest course fee. If you are senior citizen and can register at the five dollar rate these courses can offer a great deal of intellectual stimulation and entertainment at a very reasonable price.

        I would also suggest saving all of the lesson materials from the web site as you go through your courses. That way you can refer back to it even after the course ends.




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