Is Online Learning Right for Me?

As you look through the following information about Online learning, think about your own experience and your level of comfort with the following:

  • Self-motivation
  • Technology
  • Time-management

  • Students who are able to create a schedule and stick to it
  • Students with good time-management skills
  • Students with above-average communication skills
  • Students who can troubleshoot basic computer issues


While all courses are different, some of the things you may be asked to do in Online and Online live courses include:

  • Participating in online discussion boards in Canvas
  • Writing and handing in assignments
  • Taking quizzes
  • Watching videos or listening to podcasts or other media
  • Reading textbook chapters online (or in a physical book in some cases)
  • Creating media like videos or presentations
  • Attending real-time class sessions in Zoom (Online Live classes)

For course components that are online, you can often choose when you do the work, but you must be mindful to complete and submit required assignments and tests by the listed due dates.

For courses with a live component, you will need to attend these sessions at the required times.

Asynchronous courses have no required real-time meetings.

If the problem is technical, you can always reach out to, but if you're having trouble in the course itself, the best thing to do is reach out to your instructor.

Instructors are encouraged to share with students the method of contact they prefer and an expected response time to all messages. You may find this information in the course syllabus, or on the Canvas homepage. Many instructors who teach online prefer to receive messages in Canvas via the Canvas inbox, while some prefer the official school email. 

If you're taking a standard, 3-unit course, the expected online time commitment for an asynchronous course is about 9-12 hours per week. This is equivalent to the expected time commitment for an in-person class.

This means that if you're taking a full-time course load of 12 units (assuming that's split up into four courses), your time commitment for that semester would be 36-40 hours each week.