I currently study the Artificial Intelligence online program at the UOL and, frankly, I am very disappointed.
I expected that we were going to be provided with real lectures, created by the professors from the university. Instead, we got some so called ‘lecturecasts’ - animations with voice narration. Basically, infographics. They often have a bad sound and sometimes they are not explained properly. Every week there is a reading list, which is valuable, but sometimes not all the content from the lecturecasts are covered in book chapters or journal articles that are listed in the reading list.
Regarding the practical activities - they are always some tutorials from youtube, which is embarrassing. Some weeks contain real activities though, to do on your own, but instead of giving you the exact solution, they give you an ‘indicative solution’.
When it comes to assignments, only the mid-module and group assignment are interesting (deadlines are 5th and 8th week, respectively). On the other hand, discussion forums are boring and not worth the time since there is one topic for each discussion forum, and one discussion forum lasts for three consecutive weeks. Unfortunately, they are mandatory.
Just a few day ago, somebody from Kaplan messed up the materials for the current module.
By the way, all tutors and student support staff are employed by Kaplan.
A degree obtained upon graduation is what is only worth. Everything else is messy. Wouldn’t recommend.