Is Online Learning Right for Me?

Online and Hybrid courses are not for everyone. Although Online and Hybrid courses result in more convenience and flexibility than traditional courses, these courses require more dedication, and time-management skills than typical traditional classroom learning.

Highly motivated adults who need flexible scheduling to balance family, work, and school will prefer these course options. The information below can help you decide if Online or Hybrid courses are for you.

Fewer Classes Does Not Mean Less Work

The time that is not spent in class will be spent online at home. Significantly more out-of-class time will be spent with school work with hybrid classes than in the traditional class environment.

Time Management Skills

Developing proficient time management skills is crucial for a student’s success in an online or hybrid class.

Take Responsibility for Your Own Learning

In the Online or Hybrid course you will take responsibility for your own learning out of the classroom. These courses emphasize learning activities that require student responsiveness and participation.

Technologically Proficient

Online and Hybrid courses require students to use email, computers, online research methods, or other new technologies.

What do I need to do to be successful in Online or Hybrid Courses?

  • Prepare yourself mentally; purchase the book early and review it
  • Read the entire syllabus before the first class session or orientation
  • Attend the orientation
  • Keep up and don’t procrastinate
  • Set aside specific times during the week for the course and stick to it
  • If a paper is due, gather all the information (research) early
  • Be disciplined
  • Develop your computer skills
  • Don’t wait, ask for help early if you need it
  • Keep in touch with the professor
  • If the class is using Blackboard, check the course site daily

Ready to Get Started?

Complete the Online Learning Orientation for Students, DIS095. This course is a prerequisite for all online learning courses.