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Is an OnLine Course Right for You?

ONLINE LEARNING: Is Online Learning Right For You?

Online courses provide convenience and flexibility for students who need to balance their education with family and work. However, online courses are not a good fit for all students. Below are some considerations to keep in mind before taking a course online.

  • You'll need access to a reliable computer and stable Internet connection.
    • As an online student, you should have a backup plan in case you encounter technology problems with your primary computer. Computer and/or internet problems on the student's end do not usually transfer to an assignment extension.
  • You'll need technical problem-solving skills.
    • Online faculty are experts in their subject areas – not technology experts. As an online student, you may need to solve technology problems on your own or be comfortable in contacting the Help Desk if a problem occurs. Technical assistance may not be available 24 hours a day.
  • Problems will need to be handled methodically and rationally.
    • As an online student, you should attempt to troubleshoot problems prior to contacting your instructor and/or the Help Desk. Did you check your browser? Are you looking in the correct location for a file? Did you check the start and end dates for a particular assignment? Are there tutorials or 'How To' files available?
  • Basic Internet and computer skills are required.
    • As an online student, you should be comfortable using word processing, spreadsheet, and/or presentation software, downloading and installing software, using a web browser, navigating and searching the Internet, sending an email, sending an attachment, etc. You should also be comfortable navigating and using the tools in Falcon Online. Your instructor will let you know what is required for a specific course.
  • You'll need to be self-motivated and able to work independently.
    • As an online student, you should be able to put coursework first even when you would rather be doing something else.
  • Completing assignments will require self-discipline.
    • As an online student, you should not procrastinate. You should be able to create a plan so that course deadlines are met – without being reminded of due dates. Online courses are not self-paced; they have real deadlines and real consequences if these deadlines are not met.
  • Effective time management skills are necessary.
    • As an online student, you should be able to schedule specific times throughout the week to devote to online courses. In some instances this could include 2 to 4 hours per day per course to review lectures/videos, complete assignments, participate in discussion boards, etc.
  • You'll need patience to wait for a response/feedback.
    • As an online student, you should not always expect immediate feedback on your work. Feedback times may vary by instructor and/or assignment type so consult your class syllabus for your instructor's feedback guidelines. You should however reasonably expect responses to email and phone messages within two business days (business days do not include weekends or holidays).
  • Reading and writing skills are essential.
    • Reading and writing are central to online courses. As an online student, you should be able to follow and comprehend course material through reading and be able to effectively communicate and express yourself well through writing. Correct and appropriate language, spelling, punctuation, and/or citations are expected.
  • You may be required to come to campus for an assessment/class activity.
    • Check the 'Section Info' in the course search.
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Last updated: 2015-07-20T20:09:42.552Z