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

Instructors will set up a timeline for opening and completing course modules (generally on a weekly schedule), so it's important to check in with the class regularly. Faculty will provide due dates for assignments and you can use the course calendar to stay on top of required work.

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 @email. However, 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.

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.