Is Online Learning a Good Fit? Studying and working from the comfort of your own home, favorite coffee shop or while traveling on your own schedule is convenient and attractive to most adult learners. It provides you the independence and flexibility of being able to complete your work when you are at your best or most available during the day and week. Another benefit of online courses is that they allow you to read, conduct research and interact with your facilitator and other students worldwide. Create Your Own Schedule You work independently (with the exception of a few programs). Unlike classroom-based courses, faculty and students like you each work at their own times and in separate locations. You might post comments in the discussion area of your course at different times than your classmates. Just like the classroom-based environment, online classes will have deadline-driven assignments in addition to discussion participation requirements. Basic Computer Skills Needed You should feel comfortable using a computer and be familiar with word processing applications including: Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, web browsers, email and attaching files. You should also be able to navigate the Internet with ease. Ensure a Stable High-Speed Internet Connection, Capable Equipment and Software As an online learner, it is important to ensure that you have the right internet connectivity, operating system and software. Click here for more information on requirements as an online learner at Regis. Self-Motivation is Key Taking an online program requires self-motivation and self-discipline. Unlike campus-based classes with a regularly scheduled place and time, the independent environment of an online class means you must take greater responsibility for keeping pace with the course schedule. By assuming this greater responsibility for learning, however, you will develop valuable life-long skills. Manage Your Time Earning a degree online or on-campus can take as much as 15 to 25 hours a week outside of class, depending on your program. It is important to factor in enough time for studying and pace yourself so coursework doesn’t build up and overwhelm you. You can also start slow by taking one course per eight week term, rather than diving into a full workload.