Inside the Classroom: Is Online For Me?
Online courses are not easier than on-campus courses. In fact, many students say online learning requires more time and commitment. Although taking online courses does allow you to study at home or the office, and you have access to your course(s) 24/7 during the semester, it takes commitment and discipline.
- Online courses use technology for teaching and communication. You will need to be comfortable with email, uploading and downloading files, converting files to other formats if necessary and reading content online. Many CCCOnline courses use online digital content instead of traditional textbooks.
- Some students prefer the independence of online learning. If you have previous experience working in a self-directed environment meeting deadlines, you will probably be comfortable in an online course. CCCOnline courses are not self-paced or independent study classes. Students are required to complete course work by the due dates indicated by the instructor on the class syllabus.
- Some people learn best by interacting with other students face-to-face rather than electronically; online courses do not afford the opportunity of face-to-face interaction. If you know that you need in-person interaction and validation from peers and instructors, you might prefer on-campus courses. If you are comfortable with online social media, email, and other forms of online community, you will probably be comfortable in an online course.
- You must be willing and able to commit your time. Plan on spending approximately 9 hours studying and participating online per week, per 3-credit course. For a 4-credit course, plan on approximately 12 hours of studying and participating online per week, and for a 5-credit course, plan on approximately 15 hours of studying and participating online per week. These study estimates are approximations; you may need to spend more time than is suggested here.