Should you take an online class or enroll in an online program?
Online classes provide flexibility to meet your needs. These needs could be driven by a work or family schedule, geographic location, and learning style.
While online classes and programs provide some flexibility, course requirements and schedules still need to be met.
Is an online class easier than an on-campus class? No.
Is an online class harder than a regular class? Maybe.
Flexibility with an online class does not mean easier.
An online class has the same requirements as an on-campus class with the same instructor. Because online students do not attend on campus, they have to be self-disciplined to go into the online class and do the work and study as needed/required.
An online class takes the same time and effort as a regular campus class does. Remember, for every hour a student is in a class, he/she should spend two additional hours studying, reading, doing homework, etc. This means a three-credit class requires at least six hours of class and study time per week whether enrolled in an online class or an on-campus class; a course load of 12 credits would require 24 hours of class time and study time per week.
In addition to the requirements, knowledge and skill, of an on-campus class, an online student must have the additional knowledge and skills to be successful online.
Online students need:
► A computer
► High-speed Internet access
► The appropriate software on the computer
► To be comfortable learning D2L Brightspace, SCTCC's online learning system
The links provided on this page give some other general advice about online learning.
To learn specifics about software, computer requirements, access rights and other technical information regarding D2L Brightspace, access the D2L Brightspace pages.
Approved SARA Institution
St. Cloud Technical and Community College has been a participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) since May 2015. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SCTCC affirms its commitment to ensure that courses and programs offered through the SARA initiative provide high-quality learning opportunities for students.