The major differences that I have noticed, is that Undergraduate classes were mostly about remembering lectures, a lot of tests to see what you have memorized, didn’t get to know the classmates, the syllabus in the Master’s program explains that the important part of class is getting to know the other students in my class.
The one difference that will be different is that this is on line class, and when I attended on campus, had to search for parking, spend money for gas, and no college algebra that was really hard on me, the graduate experience I will get to use my life experiences both personal and on the jobs Ive had since graduation from my BA 5 years ago.
The difference between the learning community in the graduate class versus the undergraduate, is that we can pull in information from our fellow class mates, where the undergraduate was mostly memorizing things out of the textbooks or the lectures.
Response to Poster in Forum #2
It is important to communicate effectively with others to build a rapport and understanding with one another. Also, effective communication is necessary in urgent and detailed oriented matters such as an emergency or instructions that need to be carried out. The consequences of communication that is not effective can be that a clients expectations were not met, instructions were not properly executed, or a professor not clearly understanding what a student’s needs are.
Effective communication will help students in their academic career by being able to articulate and relay their concerns to their professors and advisors. A student may need reassurance that they are grasping concepts and are performing at a graduate level in their writing. Effective communication builds confidence. If a student is consistently engaged in communications with other students and staff, they feel more informed and confident about their studies. Effective communication leads to more opportunities. The more a student communicates, the more they learn. This could lead to networking and job opportunities.
GCU emphasizes quality discussion posts and proper etiquette in the Discussion Forums to ensure professional dialogue and to train students on how communicate professionally in the work environment. Proper etiquette is a requirement to being a professional.
Response to Poster in Forum #3
I believe GCU’s Christian heritage is evident throughout the university and the belief system clearly conveyed on the Doctrinal Statement. The opportunity to worship through various venues; on campus, on-line portals, and collaborative learning demonstrates acceptance of the Lord’s teachings where servant leadership skills are fostered within management, educators, and students. His message to build servant leaders in all disciplines; where trust and love is the very foundation fosters the GCU experience with God’s purpose. As well, university requirements for Christian Worldview allows students to understand other belief systems, where they can compare and contrast, in order to understand gaps and build bridges. A very different approach from non-faith based institutions.
In my experience, non-faith based institutions usually share a common vision of inclusion with cultural and economic differences. A student’s faith in a multicultural world, where one lives by a set of belief systems, is not parallel throughout the university. Therefore, one faith cannot ensue within academia, educators, students, faculty, leaders, and visions.
I believe GCU’s growth is a blessing from God and we are all disciples of His message where our foundation is based on His love for us and to serve others no matter the cause.
GCU Doctrinal Statement: http://www.gcu.edu/Documents/Doctrinal-Statement.pdf
Christian Worldview: http://www.gcu.edu/about-gcu/christian-identity-and-heritage.php
Four Pillars: http://www.gcu.edu/about-gcu/university-snapshot.php
 Main Forum 1 Topic: Topic 1 reviews some of the major differences between undergraduate and graduate studies. How do you think your graduate educational experience will differ from your undergraduate experience? How would you describe a graduate learning community? What are the key components of a learning community and how might a graduate learning community differ from an undergraduate learning community?
 Main Forum #2 Topic: This topic discussed the importance of communication. One of GCU’s goals is to help you effectively communicate throughout your life. Access and review the “Communication Tool.” Why is it important to communicate effectively with others? How will effective communication help students in their academic career? Give examples. Why do you think GCU emphasizes quality discussion posts and proper etiquette in the Discussion Forums?
 Read the GCU Doctrinal Statement, Four Pillars, and Christian Worldview at the following links:
How do you think GCU’s Christian heritage makes the GCU academic experience different than the experience at a non-faith-based university? What value might this difference add to your educational experience?