Students balance online classes with work, family

By Braulio Tellez, The Shorthorn

Nursing senior Natasha Gatti takes online classes at UTA from halfway across the nation. She wouldn’t be as successful as an online-only student without being able to properly budget her time. Gatti began taking online classes in the fall. She is a full-time student working toward a bachelor’s in nursing and takes 18 hours of online classes. She also works part-time as a night shift nurse at a CareOne long-term acute facility in New Jersey. Online classes really do not differ from on campus courses, she said. The interactions in class are replaced by class discussions through BlackBoard. Face time with professors is compensated by working with academic coaches, assistants assigned to online nursing students. They have the same degree of knowledge as professors and help students in their courses.

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