Everyone learns differently. Some students need the face-to- face interaction of a traditional classroom, while other students work well if they have the time to sit down independently and work through a problem.
To be successful in an online class, you must be self-disciplined and willing to interact with your classmates and instructor regularly. You must have access to a computer with internet access and you must be capable of using computers and the Web for basic activities such as sending email and completing online research.
While one of the lures of online learning is that you have the flexibility to complete your assignments when they are convenient for you, most students find that online learning takes more time than the traditional classroom.
Even the best students will not succeed in the online environment if they don't have the necessary tools. Rest assured, you don't need to be a computer wizard to succeed. Check the computer hardware and software page to determine if you have the necessary tools to be successful.
The University of Akron currently uses Springboard for its online learning classes. If you are unsure if you have the vocabulary or skills necessary to take an online class, browse through the Online learning tutorial and see if you understand the mechanics of how you will communicate with your classmates and instructor. This tutorial will also show you how you will turn in assignments and take quizzes.
This website should address some of your concerns and questions as you contemplate taking an online course.