I have to admit I am loving the online format for my doctorate thus far.
Oddly, it is slower paced than I thought it would be (at least so far but hey, it's been a week). Why do I love it?
1) Everyone has to participate. You get to really hear from everyone instead of having 2-5 people carry the class discussions which often happened to me in my master's classes.
2) So many of our assignments are posted to the discussion board and we are asked to comment and reflect on each other's work. Thus we get to see each other's thoughts and gain a better understanding of our course material.
3) Since so much work is submitted in this way, we also get the benefit of seeing our professor's response to each classmate as well as our own work. I have already learned a lot reading the professor's feedback to other people and it has enhanced my understanding of what our goals are.
4) Assignments are due on specific days but we have a lot of freedom to pace ourselves as we see fit. This will be great for when we have conferences and things of that nature.
I'm really glad I decided to pursue an online format. It's much faster paced than any of the brick and mortar programs I looked into and it is much more concentrated where I want to go professionally. I know it will speed up to the point where I want to kick myself for doing this...but so far, I'm enjoying it.
It has also put my mind on back to school and a few things I definitely want to do differently thus upcoming year. I will be adding all of those tasks to my to do lists.