Is Online Learning for You?

Is Online Learning For You?

While online learning is a great option, it may not be the right option for everyone.  Learning online will not save you time in the learning environment, it simply changes where you are learning.  You can expect to spend the same amount of time and energy in an online course as you would in a traditional face-to-face course. You will also spend the same amount of time and energy working on class assignments, research, and homework than if you were in a face-to-face course.  A general rule of thumb is that you will spend 2-3 hours on homework for every credit hour and one hour of online time for every credit hour. For a three credit course this translates to about 10-12 hours of time for each course each week – give or take.

The difference is that your time spent in your class and studying is a bit more flexible and can be fit into your schedule more easily than if you had to be in class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.   However, online classes do save you time and money on travel, which is a big advantage.

Students who learn in an online setting must be self-disciplined, organized, and have good time management skills to be successful. There is also can be a large amount of reading in an online environment so having good reading skills will be a benefit.  Typing and technology skills are a plus as well.