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Just like face-to-face classes, online learning can differ depending on the instructor and the subject. Instructors may use the online learning environment, or classroom, to provide readings, exercises, communication forums, supplemental materials (video), assignments and quizzes.

For blended- or hybrid-learning classes, online materials are often intended to enable more time for face-to-face instruction and discussion. These courses require you to spend some time engaged in some type of online activity throughout the week and not just on the days your class is scheduled.

Fully online courses often require more time and energy than regular classes. Although they are convenient and flexible, students must be disciplined enough to set aside time to study and participate. Though many online classes utilize videos and lecture recording, students who learn best by reading and writing tend to be most comfortable in these classes. If you learn better by hearing and attending lectures or making presentations, an on-campus class might be a better fit. You may also be required to take all of your exams with a proctor. If so, you are responsible for all charges involved in taking proctored exams (typically $10-25 per exam).

To assist you in assessing whether an online course or course that requires a substantial amount of online work is right for you, please take the Online Readiness Self-Assessment.

Learning Style Comparison Chart *

You might prefer Courses with Online Learning if you... You might prefer Traditional Courses if you...
Have excellent time management skills Work better in structured time environment
Enjoy communicating with others through list-servs, discussion groups, and email Like instructional and social interaction of face-to-face classroom
Learn best by reading or watching Learn best by listening and speaking
Prefer not to drive to campus and are able to commit other time for completing and submitting the assignments Are able to commit the time for commuting and attending 3 – 4 hours of class per week and completing projects
Have heavy work or family responsibilities Are able to come to class on campus
Have convenient and reliable access to the Internet at most times Have difficulty obtaining regular access to the Internet and email
Are self-motivated Are motivated by others
Prefer to work at own pace and at flexible or non-traditional times Need definite deadlines
Have some computer skills and enjoy using the Internet Are uncomfortable using a computer
Enjoy taking control of own learning Like more direction/structure provided by instructor

* Reproduced by permission from the Lamar Institute of Technology