How Online Education Works
In some ways, online education is different from classroom learning, but at its core, much of it is the same. You will read from textbooks, complete assignments and take exams. And the best part, of course, is that you will be able to do all of this when and where it fits your schedule.
Let’s take a brief look at how online learning work.
• Students receive a high-quality education from an accredited system.
• Most classes are delivered asynchronously, which means you work on course activities at different times, based on your individual schedules. Though this allows for flexibility, you will still need to meet deadlines throughout the term – typically weekly.
• Learning is so easy and comfortable, but requires organization and self-discipline.
• Students receive full UW System student support services and resources, including academic advising, tutoring and financial aid assistance.
• Successful students spend 6-8 hours per week
per credit in full semester classes. (Shorter terms differ.)
• Does require certain hardware, software and network requirements.
• In-person graduation.
What Happens During a Typical Online Course?
So what does a day in the life of an online student look like? As a successful online student, you will:
• Log in regularly – either daily or several times per week – over the course of your three-, seven-, eight- or sixteen-week semester.
• Work online by reading lecture notes, checking assignment due dates, participating in group discussions, submitting coursework, taking quizzes or exams, and communicating with your professor.
• Work offline by reading textbook, supplemental material and article assignments, solving computational problems, composing written assignments, doing research, and studying for quizzes or exams.
• Participate in class at a time that best suits you, while ensuring your coursework is completed by specified due dates.
• Spend time completing coursework – as much
time as you would in a traditional classroom course: 3-4 hours per week per credit on each fall or spring semester course and 5-8 hours per week per credit on each summer course.
Online learning requires a mix of traditional learning tools, such as textbooks, and new technologies such as Math lab.
• Most online courses require the use of textbooks and include supplemental materials.
• Your computer must meet certain technical requirements.
• Courses have timed exams with online proctoring.