Thinking of taking an online course? Here’s what you need to know.
Online Learning is offered in two formats: Internet (I) and Hybrid (Y)
Internet courses take place entirely online, although a proctored test onsite may be required depending on the 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, etc.
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 meetings. Hybrid courses are designated by a Y in the class’s course code. Examples: ENG095-DY1, ART111-NY1, SPA111-DYE1, etc.
Online courses often require more time and work than in 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 spend the full amount of time on the course.
Online courses are not self-paced, but they do 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.
KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED ONLINE.
- 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.
- A computer with reliable internet access that you have access to every day.
- 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 the internet or Hybrid courses.