Fact or Myth: Online classes are easier than face-to-face instruction?
Taking an online class offers the opportunity for flexibility, a more comfortable learning environment, and greater ability to concentrate on a particular subject. Though taking online classes is not always easier, be confident that you can succeed by asking yourself the following:
Access: Do you have an updated computer at home with reliable access to the internet and a printer?
Can you email, type, create, save, and work with files easily?
Do you know how to send an attachment and copy and paste a file?
Are you familiar with using an Internet browser (i.e., Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.?)
Can you download software, such as tools needed for creating bibliographies and note taking?
Availability: Are you able to come to campus periodically if required for the class by the instructor?
Planning: Do you manage your time well, and finish assignments early by using a calendar and planner?
- Are you able to check in daily, setting aside a block of time without interruption to complete your assignments?
Self-paced: Can you work well by yourself with minimal access to an instructor or classmates?
Consider taking a learning style inventory with the University Center for Academic Excellence.
- Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, Kinesthetic?
- How do you learn best? Written material, verbal instructions, or visual presentations.
- Do you like to read and have good reading comprehension?
- Can you conduct research on different topics?
Can you write well with minimal feedback?