What is Online Learning?
Online learning is a form of flexible learning whereby students can take classes from the convenience of their home or office, log in any time of the day and night, any day of the week, so they are not bound by a rigid class schedules.
Online learning does not take the place of traditional education, but enhances traditional forms of education. Learning can take place at home, in the workplace, or even at the public libraries. Online learning supports learners who wants the hands on experience using technology to access learning and lessons that are customized specifically for the learners who do not have the time to complete traditional on-site learning.
Online learning promotes the internet & technology resources to create learning communities. Through these learning communities, the learner will be able to interact and develop collaborative relationships between the instructor and fellow learners; create a student-centered approach to learning and provide student support that enhances the quality of online learning.
Online Learning is an excellent way to obtain credits towards an associate’s degree as well as earning transfer credits towards a bachelor’s degree. In most online learning courses, technology is used to bridge the gap of time and space, through the web. At Essex County College (ECC), we provide our students with the most flexible education alternatives for degree options, certificate completion or to take classes for personal development.
Who does Online Learning?
Many learners choose online learning for many reasons. Here are just a few reasons why online learning might be the path you would want to choose:
- Older learner who do not want to take traditional classes
- A person who is in a middle of a career change and needs more education options.
- Taking classes in the privacy of your own home or apartment.
- Limited (or no) transportation and cannot get out of the house
- Need more time to be dedicated to family and family activities
- Stay at home mom and/or dad
How does online learning work?
When you take a class online, you connect with the instructor and other students through the Internet, using Moodle, ECC’s course management system. You take tests, write papers, complete homework assignments, ask and answer questions, and participate in discussions from a computer with an Internet connection. Some courses may require proctored exams. Online courses have the same hiqh-quality and standards as regular on-campus courses. Although online courses are very flexible, you need to make sure you are motivated to making the commitment to login to the course regularly, keep up with your coursework, and participate in required activities. An online course is indicated by a suffix of OL (example: ENG 101-OL).
PARTIALLY ONLINE (HYBRID) COURSES
A partially online (hybrid) course (indicated by a suffix of HY (example: ENG 101-HY1) is a class that meets part of the time in a traditional classroom setting and the rest of the class work is done online via the Internet. Typically, a partially online (hybrid) course replaces 50% of the meeting time on campus. The online work is completed within the week before the next in-class meeting, but normally does not require a student to be at their computer at a specific time of the day.
It is the responsibility of the student to login to their online or hybrid course to continue weekly discussions and submit assignments at the best time of day or night for the student within the deadlines that your instructor provides, giving these types of courses a flexibility that is not available to a regular classroom course
You must be willing to come to campus (usually once a week) because face-to-face class time is required and an attendance policy will be enforced.
MOODLE (Learning Management System)
Essex County College uses MOODLE as it Learning Management System. MOODLE is a learning platform that is designed to provide learners with a system to create a personalized learning environment. Moodle provides the most flexible tool set to support both blended learners and 100% online courses.
Moodle is easy to use. If you can surf the web, use a computer or word processor, communicate by email, work with email attachments and the discipline to work independently you have the basic skills needed to succeed in an online course. (see Moodle Rooms Login)
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