Is Online Learning for You?

Is Online Learning for You?

The ICCOC is committed to student success; therefore, we want to ensure that this type of learning environment is right for you.
Online courses provide a convenient way for you to pursue your educational goals; however, our online courses are NOT self-paced.
 
Online classes provide the same academic standards as traditional classroom courses while allowing students the flexibility of working on homework as it fits into their daily schedules.  ICCOC classes do have required due dates throughout the terms for assignments, projects, papers, quizzes and/or exams. Communication and interaction between students and instructors enhances the learning experience and creates a sense of community in our courses.
Time Management
Online courses require as much time (if not more time) as on-campus courses.  It is important to schedule enough time to meet the requirements of each course.

Generally, students need to set aside approximately 10 hours per week to complete work for one 3-credit hour course.
For an 8-week term, set aside approximately 15 to 20 hours per week to complete work for one 3-credit hour course.
Common Characteristics of Successful Online Learners
  • Self-Disciplined and Self-Motivated
  • Strong Written Communication Skills
  • Possess On-Screen Reading & Comprehension Skills
  • Independent Learner
  • Computer & Internet Access is Readily Available
  • Comfortable Using Existing and New Technology
  • Excellent Time-Management Skills
Questions to Consider
Do you possess the basic computer skills needed to perform well in an online course?
 
Do you have easy access to the technology needed to participate in an online course?
 
Some instructors use third-party software/websites to provide instruction or course content.  Do you feel comfortable installing and working with software? 

Student Services Contacts

Your home college provides you with a variety of Student Services departments to assist you with all aspects of being an online student.  
Click on the Contact Info link at the top of the page to find a list of staff members ready to assist you.

Out-of-State Students

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association provides information about the authorization of distance education (offering online courses/programs) within each state.   A list of contacts for each state is provided at  http://sheeo.org/sheeo_surveys/