How Online Learning Works

Online learning (also known as e-learning) is a method of delivering educational content by using the Internet instead of face-to-face in a physical classroom. Many students prefer online classes for a variety of reasons:

  • Students have the flexibility of accessing course content and completing assignments at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • With family or work obligations, students today have the convenience of accomplishing academic and career goals by completing coursework with a personalized schedule.
  • OCC online students save money by paying an affordable tuition and by not having to commute to an OCC campus to take the courses they need to complete a degree program.
  • The courses offered online offer the same quality education, competencies, and credits as face-to-face classes and are even taught by the same instructors.

Questions to Consider

You're probably already wondering about the answers to these questions and more:

  • How do I know if I am ready to learn online?
  • What does the online classroom look like?
  • How do I interact with my classmates and instructor?
  • How do I submit course work and take exams?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • How flexible is the course schedule?
  • What are the attendance requirements?
  • Aren't online classes easier than face-to-face classes?
  • What kind of computer/Internet access and other technology do I need?
  • What personal skills do I need to be successful as an online student?