How do online courses 'work?' (ie: time commitment, online exams & participation, course material)

Online Learning

Readings, interactive materials, assessments and assignments will all be accessed and completed via the Internet. There are three (3) types of online learning environments:

  • Synchronous
    These online courses feature a real-time, virtual classroom element, where students and instructors 'attend' scheduled online lectures, and interact at the same time. For these virtual classroom sessions, students will require a computer with both audio input and output (such as a microphone-equipped headset)
  • Asynchronous
    A flexible online experience, where you will move through the course material and activities at the same pace as the rest of the class. There are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend.
  • Self-Paced Asynchronous
    A flexible online learning experience where you work through the course materials and activities at your own pace, within a specified time frame. There are no real-time virtual classroom sessions to attend.


Blended Learning

These courses combine face-to-face (i.e., in-person) and online learning. Online activities and course requirements may occur prior to, during, and/or after the scheduled face-to-face time. 

If your course is listed as “blended learning:”

  • all students will be required to complete parts of a blended course online
  • be sure to refer to the course schedule to learn more about when the class meets in person and when you’ll be working online


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