Online Learning


Online courses provide students with a more flexible and independent approach to their education.

Benefits to Students

Nationally, students have indicated a strong desire for more online courses, as evidenced by the increasing number of students taking online classes.

There are a number of factors, which make online learning attractive to students, including:

  • The content and credit of online courses are equivalent to traditional courses taught on campus
  • The opportunity to interact with course materials and resources whenever and wherever you are
  • Greater flexibility in course scheduling
  • Skills in self-directed learning leading to greater learner autonomy
  • Gain the skills needed to communicate effectively in multiple modalities
  • Increased technical skills
  • Reduces travel time and travel costs for students who commute

Benefits for Faculty

  • The opportunity to experiment with new pedagogical practices as a result of redesigning the learning experience
  • Enriched experiences for students which can lead to greater student engagement
  • Ability to connect with students in different ways, which leads to increased student learning
  • A flexible schedule and better ability to work from different locations

Benefits to the University

  • Providing access to quality education to students who may not be able to come to campus
  • Active implementation of the 21st Century Campus Initiative's innovation and sustainability goals
  • Enhanced student learning