Online courses are attractive because they enable you to determine your own learning schedule and place, since the courses are taught via the Internet rather than in a classroom. However, they are no less challenging or academically rigorous. Most students find they must spend at least as much time on their studies as they would in a face-to-face class to be successful. Typically, that means 8-12 hours per week for an undergraduate, 3-credit course.
Online courses are highly structured and involve frequent interactions with the instructor and with other students enrolled in the course. They are rarely self-paced. Communicating with the instructor and other students, accessing course materials, conducting research, and submitting assignments can all be handled from your home or office via the Internet. In fact, all of these activities are required in most online courses.
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