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Online learning: Your life. Your degree. Your way.

Things are challenging enough with work, family, and all the other things that fill our days. For many, online degree completion is a great way to balance education with life. Here’s a short primer on what makes online learning different.

Things to know about online learning

  • Online is not the easy route. The coursework is the same, but you have the schedule flexibility to work (or not) as needed.
  • Stay engaged. Online message boards replace in-class discussions, so treat them with the same degree of care. Spell check. Pay attention. Speak up.
  • Prioritize your time. Whether you set rigid schedules or not is entirely up to you, but making sure you spend enough quality time to succeed is critical.
  • You can do this. Every day, students juggle family and job responsibilities as they pursue their degree. It takes discipline, but the programs are designed to help you succeed.

Quick Facts

  • 2.8 million (1 in 7) college students are taking courses exclusively online
  • 51% of distance learners are in the same state as their institution
  • 67% of distance education students are enrolled at public institutions

Is it really the same degree?

Yes. The things you learn, and the degree you earn, with our renowned partner universities are exactly the same as you would get via classroom education. Your degree will just list the school name and your specific degree, with no mention of online.

How things work: synchronous vs asynchronous classes

Not all online courses are scheduled in the same way. Here are a few key areas to explore.

Asynchronous

  • There are no scheduled lectures—review your materials at your own pace
  • Most assignments have no due date, though they may have a specific order
  • Message boards and discussion groups promote collaboration and Q/A
  • Course materials are downloadable or cloud based

Synchronous

  • Classes, assignments, and online exams have scheduled times
  • Virtual classrooms & whiteboards for real-time lectures and instruction
  • Cloud-based supporting materials are the norm