Are Online Courses Right for me?
Online classes are different from classroom-based courses. If you are willing to commit the time, be self-motivated and self-disciplined, you can succeed as an online student.
If you are wondering if online courses are right for you, here is some more information on online learning readiness
Things to consider before taking an online course:
- Do you have reliable internet access? You’ll need access to a computer and the Internet to be able to participate in class.
- Are you comfortable learning new skills? Depending on your current level of experience, you may also need to learn new skills in order to view course materials and communicate with your instructor and other students online. Podcasts, discussion groups, chat rooms—these can all part of an online class.
- Do you need face-to-face contact? Some people learn better that way. If this describes you, consider taking one of our hybrid courses. They offer some of the flexibility of online learning, but still include some face-to-face meetings on campus.
- Are you disciplined? Online classes don’t meet at specific times, but you still will have deadlines for assignments, readings and discussions.
- Do you think online classes will be easier? Online classes are not easier! They work really well for self-motivated, independent learners who are good at time management. If you’re a habitual procrastinator or need a lot of structure, things won’t be any easier online.
Some courses may list assignment topics in advance, but students may not be prepared to properly attempt them until they have completed the preceding coursework.
The Syllabi are also available within the class.