Online Course Basics

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The Online Course Format

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A Studentís Role in an Online Course


Your role as a student is different.  In a face-to-face (F2F) course, you go to class at a specific time. The instructor facilitates your learning by lecturing, leading discussions, using a PowerPoint, etc.  The instructor is in charge of the pace and timing.  In an online course you as a student take on a more active role in your learning. 


An online course is much more student-centered; the instructor is more of a facilitator of learning than directly in charge as he/she is in the F2F classroom.  This has its pros and cons.  Since the material is in written form and on the Web site, you can go through it at your own pace, and can go back over it.  An online course favors different learning styles than a F2F course.  Obviously visual learning is supported very well by an online course.  Oral learners may find online courses a bit more challenging than F2F courses.

Self-Motivated and Disciplined

Importantly, since an online course does allow you to work on your course at times most convenient for you, as an online student, you will need to be self-motivated and disciplined.  Set a schedule for yourself to log-on to your course and complete work by the deadlines. 

It is very easy to let the class get ahead of you.  If you keep up with all assignments and deadlines, a Southeast Online course can be a great experience.

Convenience and Flexibility

Online courses provide a great alternative to face-to-face education at Southeast Missouri State.  An online class allows you to

  • take the same quality course taught on campus from a distance;
  • attend a course without setting foot on the Cape Girardeau campus; 
  • take a class at a convenient time. 

With an online class, you now have the opportunity to take a class not otherwise possible because of scheduling conflicts.  A Southeast Online course shows in transcripts the same as a F2F course.  In fact, nothing in your records distinguishes an online course from an F2F course.

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