Is Online Learning for Me?
Online courses are not easier than on-campus courses. In fact, many students will say it requires much more time and commitment. Although taking online courses does allow you to study at home or the office and you have access 24/7 during the semester, it takes a real commitment and discipline to keep up.
CCCOnline courses are not self-paced or independent learning. Students are required to complete course work by the due dates indicated by the instructor within the course.
Online courses use technology for teaching and communication. You will need to be comfortable with up- and downloading your assignments, as well as moving them in and out of your word processing software.
Some students prefer the independence of online learning; others find it uncomfortable.
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.
You must be willing and able to commit your time – approximately 8-10 hours of work per week, per course – this includes at least 5 hours of work online per week.
You must be self-motivated and self-disciplined.
In other words, understand that the requirements for online courses are no less than that of any other quality educational program. The successful student will view their online courses as a convenient way to receive their education – not an easier way.