Are You Ready For Online Learning?
Online and hybrid courses offer flexibility that you may not have in a traditional in-seat course. Online courses allow you to further your education without coming in person to campus. With due dates and assignment deadlines in mind, you set the schedule for when you are reviewing course content, participating in discussion, and completing assignments. Although there may be "live" class meetings or online office hours, for the most part, you will be directing your own learning and participating on your own time. In comparison, hybrid courses reduce the time you are required to be on campus, while providing a blend of online and in-seat activities.
Online Readiness Quiz
Before enrolling in an online course, please take some time to think about yourself as a learner, while evaluating your time management and technical skills.
- Delivered entirely online
- No campus in-seat meetings
- More than 15% delivered online
- Some on campus in-seat class meetings
- Online access enhances class and coursework
- On campus in-seat meetings
ONLINE vs Correspondence Courses
An online course is not a correspondence course, which are usually self-paced, independent studies with limited interaction with the instructor. In an online course, however, you will have weekly course reading expectations, assignments with due dates, and regular and substantive interaction and communication with your professor and your classmates. The course will have a directed pace, deadlines, and students will be expected to follow the course calendar and schedule.
In online learning, it can be very easy to fall into the "out of sight, out of mind" mentality when you don't have a weekly "place" to show up and face your professor. Vital to success in an online course is your ability to be an independent learner. You will need to be self-disciplined, self-motivated, very organized, and have good time management skills, so that you keep up and stay engaged.
Please use this website, following the 4 steps below, to determine if online learning is right for you!
Getting Started with Online Learning at GVSU
STEP 1 - Complete the Online Readiness Quiz
STEP 2 - Become Familiar with Expectations of an Online or Hybrid Course
STEP 3 - Learn the Essential Skills for Success
STEP 4 - Review the Required Technologies and Computer Skills for Online Learning