While it may be tempting to think that an online education course will be an easy way to free up time that a traditional course might require, the fact is online education courses typically require stronger learning and technical skills and more study time. Some online education courses have set schedules and require regular participation.

Allocate at least nine to 12 hours per week for any online education course you plan to take. Use the Schedule Planner to see if you realistically have enough time for taking an online course.

A successful online student is:

  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Able to follow written directions and schedules
  • Proactive about contacting their instructors
  • Computer literate


  What is Online Education?
  Who Should Take an Online Course?
  How Can I Succeed as an Online Student?
  Self-Assessment Quiz
 Technical Requirements
  Online Communication
 Blackboard Learning System
  Student Resources