In an online class, students interact with their instructor and classmates through the Internet. There are usually no campus visits required. If you take an online class, you will read lectures, submit assignments, take quizzes, and do other course activities online. Parkland online classes follow the same schedule as on-campus classes, and students are required to complete work each week.
Are online classes right for you?
Online classes are a convenient option, but also require the most time, self-discipline, and time management skills. Because you never attend class on-campus (except in special circumstances) you need to be motivated to do well in the class. If you have a tendency to fall behind in your coursework, that tendency can become even more pronounced in an online class.
Online students are expected to have good reading, writing, and study skills. Good study skills mean that you organize your time for reading and completing assignments in a timely manner. You must keep up with the class reading; you must stay current with the class calendar to meet assignment deadlines; you must read assignments and directions carefully; and, most importantly, you must be self-motivated to stay on schedule.
In addition, you should have good computer and Internet skills. You should feel comfortable using a browser and you should know how to save files from the Internet to your computer, and then open them using a different software program.
Use this tool to help you get a better understanding of what to expect from an online course.
Hybrid classes are courses in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and time spent in the classroom is reduced. The goal of a hybrid class is to combine the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning. Hybrid classes promote active, independent learning and reduce class seat time. Students are required to participate in class each week and to complete weekly coursework online.
Are these classes right for you?
Hybrid classes are designed for students who can be successful in online courses but who wish to retain the value of personal contact with the instructor and other students. Hybrid classes are convenient but require more time, dedication, and time management skills than traditional classroom learning.
Hybrid classes have the same computer requirements as online courses. For more information call the Tech Service Desk at 217/353-3333 or email TechHelp@parkland.edu.