Online education, also known as distance learning or e-learning, differs from traditional education in that students are not required to visit an actual classroom and listen to an instructor face-to-face.
Students begin their course studies by logging onto the Internet. Once they’re in their appropriate virtual classroom, they’ll learn by reading assignments, viewing accompanying study aids, such as videos and PowerPoints, asking questions, and receiving instructor feedback. Different academic programs require different levels of computer and/or internet knowledge. Finally, students are graded on homework assignments, final projects, and test scores.
Crowder College welcomes students to take online courses; students should understand, however, that these courses are different from a face-to-face course. While you do not have to physically attend a class 2-3 times a week, you will be expected to login to your online course frequently during the week in order to complete your weekly assignments. You cannot start courses late nor finish early. Also, having the proper equipment is important. That includes a reliable internet connection (high-speed recommended) and a computer that meets the technology requirements. See “Minimum Technical Requirements for Online Classes”. Be aware that not all online work can be completed on a smart phone.
Crowder College wants students to be successful in their online education and encourages you to work closely with your advisor/instructor during your academic program.
ACO Press Release- October 2016: Crowder College has been named one of the nation’s Best Online Community Colleges for 2016 by (ACO), a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings. The school earned the 26th position on the new list, which ACO generated by analyzing cost and quality metrics of thousands of U.S. community colleges with online degree programs.
“We wanted to honor the schools and universities that are setting the standard for online learning,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more affordable.”