Is Online Learning Right for Me?
For many busy professionals, online learning is an ideal route without the drawbacks of on-campus education. With increased flexibility, networking opportunities and support, it’s no surprise that the number of online students has seen steady growth in the past few years.
While online learning can be a great option for some students, the online format isn’t for everyone. Distance learning takes a high level of commitment, some technical experience and certain personal attributes to succeed. Successful online learners come from all kinds of backgrounds and industries, but they share these characteristics:
If you’re able to motivate yourself, online learning might be ideal for you. Traditional, on-campus students have professors and peers to remind them of deadlines. In an online platform, you are solely accountable for your assignments, so a high level of accountability is necessary.
To pursue an online program, technology expertise is not necessary, but some technology experience is. Online students must be able to operate a computer and navigate online resources, programs and message boards.
Online learners must be curious and eager to learn. Pursuing graduate-level education means you’re ready to build upon your foundation and develop your expertise. Online students must be even more eager because of the time commitment and independence an online program affords.
From new technology to updated platforms, online programs are constantly evolving. If you can adjust your learning style and are comfortable with change, online learning might be right for you.
Basic technical requirements
ACTS operates on an online learning platform, and as such students will need reliable access to a computer with internet. Our student portal is called Populi, here is where you can find the technology requirements specific to Populi
A fast internet connection ensures that you can navigate through our Student Portal, Populi, quickly and efficiently. If you're out-and-about, a mobile device with a data connection (3G, 4G, or LTE) or your typical coffeeshop wifi connection will usually do the trick.
The time required for each course can be identified by how many credits, or units, each course is worth.
A credit hour is an amount of work that reasonably approximates:
1) not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately 14-15 weeks for one semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required above through other academic activities as established by St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Coptic Orthodox Theological School leading to the award of credit hours.
For example, for a 3 credit semester course, the student will have faculty instruction for 3 hours a week for 14-15 weeks and will be required to commit 6 hours a week to reading, research, writing, and consultation for that class, or a reasonable equivalent.
The workload and time requirements do vary by course depending on course structure and length of course, please always consult the syllabus and the professor if you have any questions.