An Online College Course FAQ Sheet

An Online College Course FAQ Sheet


You're thinking about taking an online college course, but you need some information first. After all, you don't want to go plunking down cash, which you've either earned or borrowed, without knowing what you're getting yourself into.

The following frequently asked questions will help to do the intelligence-gathering necessary for a smart online college course choice.

In what ways does online study differ from traditional classroom learning?

Location is obviously the biggest difference - and it confers a definite advantage. Online learning spares you trips to campus. Coursework you complete from home or wherever you happen to have a computer and an Internet connection. Yet, at many online schools insist, all the same benefits as attend campus instruction can be had from digital distance learning. Typical elements of online courses include:

  • Collaborate assignments;
  • Exercises;
  • Projects.

Course material tends to consist of:

  • Audio lectures;
  • Chat rooms;
  • Discussions;
  • Illustrations;
  • Photo materials;
  • Readings;
  • Video.

Will my unfamiliarity with computers prove a big stumbling block when it comes to taking classes online?

However inept you consider yourself when it comes to the digital life, you probably have skills enough to make it through an online course. You should be able to:

  • Conduct research on the Web;
  • Contribute to discussion threads;
  • Send and receive email;
  • Attach files to email messages, send and open them;

What are the particulars of interacting with instructors?

Online instructors pride themselves on their availability. They show themselves willing to:

  • Evaluate assignments;
  • Keeping course content current;
  • Keeping virtual office hours;
  • Moderate and participate online discussions.

What sort of communication skills will I need to succeed in an online course?

You don't have to be a master prose stylist, but it helps to know how to:

  • Write in a way that avoids misunderstanding;
  • Adopt an appropriate tone in their writing;
  • Craft clear, concise responses in discussion threads.

These FAQs should dispel some of the mystery of selecting an online course. Consider them closely before you make your choice. 

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