Is Online Right for Me?
Thinking of Taking an Online Course?
Online courses can be a good option for you if you need flexibility due to job, family, or other responsibilities. They can also just be an alternative way to learn if you find that face-to-face time with an instructor isn’t as good a match as you thought it would be. Online Learning is offered in two formats: Internet (I) and Hybrid (Y):
Internet courses take place entirely online (a proctored test onsite may be required depending on program) They are a good match for students who have strong time management skills and are self-motivated. Internet courses are designated by an I in the class’s course code. Examples: ENG111-I1, PSY151-I2, HIS121-I3S.
Hybrid courses are a mixture of online and face-to-face time in a classroom and can be a good match for students who know they need guidance in the form of regular class meeting. Examples: ENG095-DY1, ART111-NY1, SPA111-DYE1.
Did You Know?
Online courses often require more time and work than face-to-face courses. In a traditional face-to-face course, you are expected to spend three hours working outside of class for every hour in class. However, in many courses you will rarely spend this much time working. In an online course, many of these “outside” hours are built into the assignments and can be tracked–forcing you to actually commit yourself to spending the full amount of time on the course.
Online courses are not self-paced. They have firm deadlines. You might think that an online course will allow you to complete assignments at your own pace. However, online courses at CFCC typically have firm deadlines just like face-to-face courses. In fact, many instructors keep identical schedules in their online and face-to-face courses.
What You Need
1) Self-motivation and time management skills. Although online courses are not self-paced, they do require you to keep up with a set schedule. In a fully online (Internet) course, this is especially important as you do not have regular face-to-face meetings to remind you of deadlines.
2) A computer with reliable internet access that you have access to everyday. This can be at home, the public library, the CFCC library, or a friend or family member’s home.
3) Basic computer skills like typing, emailing, attaching files, and navigating file structures. Online courses assume a basic level of computer competency. If you have never or rarely used a computer before or simply don’t feel comfortable using new technology, you should consider taking a computer skills course before you move on to Internet or Hybrid courses.
Did You Know?
You can view an online learning tutorial by going to online.cfcc.edu, using “online” as your username and “student” as your password, and going to the Blackboard Student Tutorial under “Courses.”
If you already have your CFCC username and password, the same tutorial should appear using your own sign in information.