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 aides, such as video 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.