Are online courses right for me?

When getting started with online classes, one of the first things to ask is, “Are they right for me?” While online and face-to-face classes have many similarities, there are some distinct differences that are helpful to consider. The following tools will help you with assessing your readiness for online learning.

Online vs Onsite Class comparison chart (PDF)

Readiness Assessment Quiz

The Online Course Readiness Assessment is designed to help you see whether or not an online course is a good match for you. The Assessment has three separate parts that cover Time Management, Technology, and Class Preferences.

If you score less than 70 on any part of the Assessment, you should learn more about taking an online course in order to make sure that this is the right choice for you. Click on the links to access the three sections of the Assessment. Each Assessment section will open in a new browser window; close the browser window when you are done with all three parts.

Time Management Assessment
Technology Assessment
Study Skills & Learning Preferences Assessment

Time Management Worksheet
(How do I manage my time with online courses?)

Probably the biggest challenge for most students taking online courses involves time management. Since you do not need to appear in a room on campus at specific times each week, it is necessary to be disciplined and to “attend” by logging in regularly to your courses to keep up on readings, assignments, projects, and upcoming quizzes and tests. You will have to self-manage your tasks. Here are some tips for effective time-management:

• Create and keep a calendar for your course work. Your instructor will provide a schedule of due dates for assignments; record these deadlines on your calendar.
• Be realistic about how much time you need to devote to each of your classes. Allow ample time for all of your coursework.
• Protect the time you have dedicated for studying by removing as many distractions as possible. Turn off cell phones, televisions, and Instant Messaging and focus!

What are the computer requirements for taking an online class?

Desire2Learn’s computer requirements can be found at the following link.
D2L Computer Requirements

Which browser plug-ins do I need for online courses?

Depending on the types of files that you will be working with in your online course, you may need some of these browser plug-ins or special programs to be able to open those files. Follow the links to the download sites for these plug-ins and programs (links will open in a new window).

Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash
Adobe Shockwave
Media Player

Where do I go to get started with online courses?

If you are not currently an OU student, contact the admissions office about being admitted to the University.
OU Admissions Office

Use Ozone to view a comprehensive list of online courses offered through College of Arts and Sciences and also to enroll.
OU Ozone

College of Arts and Sciences Advising:
The Hobson Academic Services Center at the College of Arts and Sciences is available to help students who have questions or concerns about academic issues. Visit their website for more information:
CAS Academic Services