Learn About Online Education

What is online learning?

With easy-to-use software, you'll retrieve lectures, questions and assignments from your instructor, then review them off-line. Because the information is all in text form, you'll never miss an important point. You'll have access to a full range of online resources. You'll also interact with your classmates, sharing ideas, and learning from their experience.  Throughout the class, your instructor will provide assistance, guidance and feedback.

Most interaction is conducted asynchronously, like e-mail, so you participate at your convenience. Some provide interaction in real-time streaming audio and/or video. You never have to rush from home or work to a night class or miss a lecture because of a scheduling conflict. All courses are offered one at a time, so you can explore each subject in more depth. The length of courses vary depending on the institution and the course.

While convenience and flexibility are unsurpassed, online learning does require a high level of discipline.  You need to decide if online learning is for you.

How is taking an Internet course different from classroom instruction?

One of the primary advantages of online learning is that you can "attend class" in the comfort and convenience of your own home. All you have to do is log into your online classroom when you are ready to read your lessons, complete your quizzes and assignments, or communicate with your instructor and fellow students.

Online learning is not for everyone. Although you will remain in constant contact with your instructor and your classmates through the course discussion areas, learning over the Internet is essentially a solitary activity. If you prefer face-to-face interaction or find it difficult to complete your lessons in a timely manner, you will probably fare better in a classroom environment.