Distance & Online Learning
Distance learning can best be described as when 80% or more of the direct instruction of the course section is delivered using technology, where the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both. There is no requirement for students in a distance learning course section to attend classes in a physical location.
Online courses present a more accommodating way of education. With many different options, students are enabled with the choice that best fits their needs when it comes to learning outside of the physical classroom. The many different features of online courses are: Hybrid, Hybrid-Flexible, Synchronous and Asynchronous.
While online courses can be beneficial to some, please keep in mind that they may not be suitable for all. They require self-discipline and time management, not just a reliable computer and internet connection. Connect with an academic advisor to discuss if online courses may be appropriate for you.
A hybrid course is when 30-79% of the direct instruction of the course section is delivered using technology, where the student and instructor are separated by time, space, or both. There is a requirement for students in a hybrid course section to attend some classes in a physical location.
A hybrid—flexible course section makes all course content available for both classroom (face-to-face) and distance learning (online) experiences. Students in a hybrid— flexible course section may choose to participate using face-to-face methods, online methods, or a combination of both methods based on preference.
Synchronous learning refers to the requirement that the learner and instructor are in the same place at the same time. For online courses, this would include a set time for each class session through the use of an online meeting platform. The design of synchronous courses is to allow students to go through the learning process together, with the assistance of the instructor.
Asynchronous learning is a self-paced student learning method. Instructors set up a learning path and students have more flexibility with choices of their time of learning.
Tips for staying on task for Online Courses:
- Dedicate appropriate time for learning
- Check the online platforms for information on classes, assignments, and resources daily
- Identify a comfortable and quiet space to learn and study
- Engage in online learning activities offered by the instructor
- Formulate a To-Do list to ensure all tasks/assignments get completed
- Submit all assignments by their respective due dates established by the instructor