In many ways, an online class is similar to an in-person class. You’ll be expected to participate in various ways and interact with the instructor and with your classmates. You’ll have to learn new information and demonstrate this learning through in ways that your instructor feels are appropriate to the subject. These modes of assessment might include assignments, discussions, peer reviews, quizzes, projects, papers, and presentations.
While online classes may seem like less work, they’re not! Regardless of the topic, they require self-direction, academic and technical skills, and more.
You should expect to engage with your online class at least a few times a week. The time commitment of an online class is similar to that of a traditional class. You will probably find that you’ll devote somewhere between 9 and 15 hours a week to each of your online courses.
Basic computer skills are a plus to help you troubleshoot minor issues.
Being self-motivated and organized will help a lot!
Be honest with yourself about your particular learning style. Do you feel comfortable working through material independently (as you would in an asynchronous class), or would you rather be able to hear a lesson in real time (as you can in a synchronous class with regular online meetings)?
Online learning readiness self-check