Hey friends! I just finished the first class, Intro to Copy Editing. Yay! On my way! I hope…
I figured if anyone is following along and is looking for honest feedback they can trust, then I owe you that much!
So with one class down and five to go, here is my impression thus far:
Media Bistro Copy Editing Certification
Intro to Copy Editing
1. Nice easy online interface
2. No strict “must show up” “must participate” “deadline or no grade”- you get what you put into it
3. Class chats are saved in case you miss the chat…which I did. Every single one.
4. No real hard grade so it’s okay if you take the class to learn and aren’t a genius already.
5. Personal grades on homework turned in on time. Nice personal touch.
1. Instructors…not so easy to get a response from
2. Chat times are pretty late. Which if you have a late schedule works great but 8pm…I want to be done with school by then and back to working on my novels!
3. Lessons consisted of a few PDF pages and then reading from the AP Style book online which…
4. …you have to pay for. The AP style book that is. Bleh.
So about neck and neck with pros and cons. Overall, the schooling seems laid back and I feel like I’ll get what I put into it but not be stressing if I forget a due date or class chat. Which by the way…when it comes to online schooling that is one thing I detest. Online group chats. Seriously what do they think we’re going to get out of typing a half-a** “response” in?
Anyway, rant over….I feel this particular first class was more aimed for those of you looking to edit for a newspaper. Did you know that AP style deems the plural form of cactus as cactuses. Not cacti! I know! We were told wrong…at least if you are writing in AP Style. Me…I’m looking to edit fiction and possibly academic work and online content. So I mostly feel it was kind of pointless. After all, if someone puts cacti in their online article, why would I change that? So like I said, more for newspaper editors.
I hope that because that particular class was introducing AP style book that that explains the way of “teaching”…which is more teaching yourself. Hopefully the next class, Grammar, will be better and I’ll feel like I’m getting my monies worth.
I’ll keep ya informed!