RACC recognizes the conveniences that online learning offers many students and has a variety of courses available. Like traditional courses, online courses are facilitated by an instructor and are interactive. Online courses allow students pursuing an associate degree to complete some or all of the requirements without coming onto campus. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet, and some computers skills.
Online courses use a variety of different technologies through the Internet to bring the class to you — wherever you are! Your class doesn't meet on campus. You access your course materials and activities through the Canvas Learning Management System and/or other websites. However, some online courses might require some on-campus participation such as taking proctored tests on campus in the Academic Testing Center or at an approved non-RACC testing facility elsewhere. This and/or other requirements are listed on the course section's "Meeting Information/Comments" column in the College course information system (WebAdvisor). For more information, watch the Searching for a Course in WebAdvisor tutorial.
RACC also offers hybrid courses that use a combination of online technologies and face-to-face instruction. In a hybrid course, the time spent in the classroom is reduced while online instruction is used to meet learning objectives.
In addition to credit courses, RACC also offers non-credit online courses for career training, personal development, workforce training and healthcare. You can learn more about those non-credit online courses here.
Is Online Learning The Right Choice For Me?
While online courses are convenient, they are not for everyone. Many times, students believe online courses are easier than traditional courses because you don't have to come to campus. However, online courses can be much harder, as you need to have excellent time management skills and the discipline to keep up with assignments. In addition, you need to have the confidence that you can succeed as an online student!
Online learning classes are flexible. You can learn at times that are more convenient to you although online learning courses follow the same schedule (that is, start and end dates) as campus-based courses.