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 rigid traditional classroom 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 want the hands on experience using technology to aces 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, we provide our students with the most flexible education alternatives for degree options, certificate completion or to take classes for personal development.

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What is an Online Learner?

Online Learners choose online course work for many reasons. Below are just a few reasons why you should Become an Online Learner Today!

  • Flexible schedule to accommodate your lifestyle such as family and work…Learn on Your Own Time!
  • Available and Accessible to ALL enrolled students
  • Ability to increase your online interactive skills
  • Graduate sooner!

Essex County College Course Definitions

A traditional Course of Face to Face course (F2F) is a course in which content is delivered in a classroom or on campus. It is scheduled for 100% time in the classroom and may use technology to enhance the delivery of course content. Sections are designated typically by a series of 3 numbers or letters. For example Section 001, 0AC, CW2

A Hybrid Course is a course that is scheduled in a classroom/F2F environment and course is delivered using the Learning Management system i.e. Moodle. The Hybrid Course is scheduled for 50% in the classroom and 50% using the Learning Management system. Hybrid Course Sections are designated by HY only.

An Online Course is a course where 100% of the content is delivered using the Learning Management System, Moodle. There are no required F2F meetings. Online course sections are designated as OL sections for regular term and OM for the Late Start of the term (these classes typically start 2 weeks after the beginning of a regular semester).

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