Last week was the start of the Fall 2010 semester at the University of Hawaii. It was also my first week back as a full-time student. Only this time I'm not in the classroom. Well, the college classroom. For the most part, my entire program is online.
I say for the most part because we do meet face-to-face sometimes. Our first meeting was over the summer, for a class on technology. The second meeting happened this last weekend. For two of my classes, it marked the start of the course - we reviewed the syllabus, did some "get to know each other" exercises, and in one class even did one of the four projects for the semester. For my third class I've already turned in the first homework.
And that's it. Only 3 classes this semester, 9 credit hours. At the graduate level that is considered full-time. Other than another face-to-face meeting in October, the rest of the semester is up to me.