Is Online Learning for You

Before you sign up for an online course, read on.

What computer skills do I need?

Can you do the following?

  • Find your way around websites with ease.
  • Remember your username and password.
  • Create new web accounts (specifically, non-KU related websites).
  • Create text documents, attaching them to emails or uploading them to websites.
  • View PDFs, watch videos, listen to mp3s.
  • Chat online.
  • Participate in discussion boards.

Do you know the difference between face-to-face vs. online learning?

  • You may think that online courses are easier than face-to-face courses. Not exactly. In fact, they can be more strenuous (and rewarding).
  • The key to a successful experience is discipline. You are the only person in charge of your success.
  • Procrastination is your enemy. Set deadlines and designate time every day to work (or brush up) on your studies.
  • You will have the greatest chance at success if you are able to reliably set aside two to three hours of quality studying time per credit hour, per week. For just one 3-credit hour course, you should be spending around 6 to 9 hours a week on your coursework.
  • Some students may require less, some may need more. Ultimately, it’s up to you to be diligent about this and to recognize if you need to study more (or differently).

Are you comfortable asking for help?

  • Just because you’re taking an online course doesn’t mean you’re in it alone.
  • At the very least you can email your instructor as often as it takes to work through an issue.
  • Take advantage of your instructor’s office hours (physical or virtual).
  • Reach out to other students for help.
  • You may contact the Center for Online and Distance Learning at onlinelearning@ku.edu or 785-864-1000 if you have questions about how your online course works.
  • If you’re having computer-related problems, contact KU IT or call 785-864-8080.
  • There are many people willing to help you succeed, but it’s up to you to reach out.

Think you are ready?

If you think taking an course online is for you Click here for online course availability. When you get to the site, click the "More Options" link at the RIGHT of the screen. Select "ONLINE" at the bottom right of the box. Once you find a course, click on the notes section of the course description for further information and resources.


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