Is Online Learning Right for Me?

Online, Hybrid and Flexible courses are not for everyone. Although Online, Hybrid and Flexible 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, Hybrid or Flexible 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, hybrid or flexible class. Online assignments at WilmU align with the Eastern Standard Time zone.  

Take Responsibility for Your Own Learning

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

Additional Requirements


Computer Requirements

  • Most computers manufactured in the last 4–5 years will be fine.
  • Operating systems needed:
    • Windows: 10, 8, or 7.
    • Mac: OS X 10.7 or higher.
  • Wilmington University has a special partnership program that enables students to purchase computer hardware, software and accessories for personal use at an educational discount. Learn more.
  • Please note that Chromebooks may not be supported by every ed tech tool. View the vendor’s website to learn about each app’s specific technical requirements.

Internet Browser

  • Canvas works best in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. 
  • A high-speed Internet connection is recommended, although DSL will work.

Software

  • You will need a word-processing software, such as Microsoft Word (uploading essays needs to be in a .doc or .docx format).
  • Open Office is free, but is not great at formatting correctly.
  • Google Docs is free but requires a few extra steps to download as a DOC file. Steps to use Google Docs.

What do I need to do to be successful in Online, Hybrid or Flexible 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 instructor
  • If the class is using Canvas, check the course site daily

Ready to Get Started?

Complete the Online Learning Orientation for Students. This course is a great resource!