Online PMP Certification

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School Surprises

"The Online Community The School Provided Was Unexpected...
I was surprised by the amount of extra support you were given. We were provided laptops with a "Blackboard" program where all your online classes housed. It was like it's own little community. The instructors seemed less involved with you though. They more or less posted a lecture and assigned paperwork. There was no room for an open discussion during the class. That was disappointing." (Project Manager Assistant; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Iowa, female
School: Studied Business Administration at Colorado Technical University in South Dakota; completed Associate degree in 2007

"More Teamwork, Less Individual Work...
I was surprised that a large portion of the online program for University of Phoenix was based on team work. With previous online classes that I have taken, it was usually based on individual work." (Project Manager; 2014)

Career: , currently based in Pennsylvania, female
School: Studied Business Management at University Of Phoenix in Pennsylvania in 2012

"I Was Surprised To Find Online Learning So Easy And Stress Free...
I was surprised to find that an online course was able to get through to me as a student in a way that actually attending classes could not. I believe this is because attending college online allows you to complete your work at your own will rather than scheduled exams and class time." (Business administration; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Indiana, male
School: Studied Business at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana; completed Associate degree in 2012

"I Was Surprised How Worthwhile And Applicable That Earning This Degree Was To My Current Job Position...
I was surprised at how worthwhile and convenient taking classes online was. I had my reservations at first but as I progressed through the program I became more of a believer in earning an online degree." (Project Manager; 2013)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Wisconsin, male
School: Studied MBA at University Of Phoenix in Arizona; completed Master degree in 2010

"Hands On Teaching Reinvented...
The online courses were very informative. Teachers set up podcasts and would also live stream when they were teaching. I found it very helpful when teachers set up open session time that mimicked office hours" (Systems Analyst; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Project Management at UCLA Extension in California; completed Certificate degree in 2012

"Easier But More Time-Consuming Than I Expected...
What surprised me most about my online college program was how time-consuming it was. Because it was an online degree, there was a much higher focus on written work than would normally be expected in a traditional college setting. Despite the amount of written work, the curriculum was much easier than I anticipated. It also surprised me how quickly time went by." (Technical Writer/Project Manager; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, female
School: Studied Project Management at Colorado Technical University in Colorado; completed Master degree in 2012

Career Background

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Best School Tips

"Utilize Discussion Groups...
Get familiar with the school blackboard system and engage in group discussions to get the most out of your online learning experience" (Systems Analyst; 2014)

"Prepare Not To Whiz Through And Spend Little Time On Assignments...
Prepare to spend more time on homework as you will need to re-watch a lecture a few times to fully grasp the current lesson." (Project Manager Assistant; 2014)

"Participation Credit...
Familiarize yourself with the rules for UOP's online degree program. You are required to make a minimum amount of posts per class in order to receive full credit for participation." (Project Manager; 2014)

"Make Sure You Have A Good Updated Computer...
Make sure your computer is absolutely up to date. Your computer is literally your school. the better its running the better learning experience you can expect." (Business administration; 2014)

"Help Set Yourself Down The Right Path By Clearly Understanding Expectations...
It helps to get an understanding of how the online system works for that university. Because you are remotely completing assignments it also helps to have a clear understanding of the professors expectations upfront when the course begins." (Project Manager; 2013)

"Follow Instructions And Use APA...
The greatest advise I can give is to learn APA format extremely well, because most instructors at the school focus more of the APA formatting than on the actual content. Also, make sure you follow assignment instructions exactly, or else your grades will suffer." (Technical Writer/Project Manager; 2014)