Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What is online learning?
Do I ever need to come to campus?
You do not need to make any physical visits to campus UNLESS:
- Your instructor requires a “proctored” test or exam. You will be advised by your instructor.
- Your class is a hybrid, which requires in class seat time, as well as completing assignments You will be advised by your instructor.
What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous online courses?
Synchronous online classes are those that require students and instructors to be online at the same time. Lectures, discussions, and presentations occur at a specific hour. All students must be online at that specific hour to participate.
Asynchronous online courses are the opposite of synchronous online courses. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Usually students are given a time frame - usually one week window - during which they need to login to the learning management system (LMS) for lectures, assignments, discussion questions and quizzes/exams.
What computer skills do I need to take an online course?
When do online classes begin?
Are online courses self-paced?
How will my instructor contact me?
What are the computer requirements for the online course?
- PC (Windows 7/8/10) OR Mac (iOS 10.6+) – We do not recommended using iPads, Chromebooks & Surfaces, etc.
- High-speed internet connection
- Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDFs
- Some classes require a microphone and webcam
- Office 365 – provided for free to all Montco students
- Web Browsers:
- Firefox is recommended
- Chrome is compatible with most functionality
- Internet Explorer 11+ is supported
- Safari 6+ is supported
How much time do I need to set aside each week to work on my online classes?
- 15-week – 10 hours / week
- 10-week – 13 hours / week
- 7-week – 18 hours / week
- 6-week – 21 hours / week