Face-to-Face or eLearning?

 eLearning at Kodiak College

Fifty percent of Kodiak College courses are delivered by eLearning.  The format of these courses varies: some are entirely online and asynchronous and others require that students participate in class by computer or video conference while class is in session.  Students should understand the general difference between these options before they register.  Please consider the comparisons below and ask questions if you need more information. Contact Student Services at 907-486-1266 or by email to kocservicesworker@kodiak.alaska.edu.

Comparison: Face-to-Face vs. eLearning

Face-to-Face Classes

Synchronous scheduling – students are expected to attend class.

Class time used to present content required to complete assignments and exams.

Learning course content and participation in the course community requires class attendance.

Students participate in classroom activities with other students, listen to lectures and take notes.

In-class reminders and the physical presence of peers helps some students stay on track with their coursework.

Students can study together or work in groups for support.

It is recommended that students study 1.5 to 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class.

Some students are less likely to participate in class discussions.

Various forms of media may be presented during class. Lectures are usually the primary method of delivering course content.

Communication with instructors and peers occurs in many ways including in person, on the phone, and over email.

Purchase books at the Kodiak College bookstore on campus.

eLearning Classes

May be synchronous (attendance expected) or asynchronous (no scheduled meeting times).

Students receive content primarily by reading. Some courses include recorded lectures and video, as well.

Independent learning that typically requires more time and self-management skills.

Students engage in independent reading and work on assignments or projects on their own schedule.

Instructor sets intermittent deadlines and students must plan how to meet them.

Group work may or may not be an option.

eLearning requires 2-3 hours more individual learning time and established study skills.

Most students are likely to actively participate in online discussions.

Students must utilize a wide variety of computer skills and programs and have the technical requirements for course success.

Communication with instructors and peers may be restricted to email.

Order books online from the campus the class is offered through.

Next Step:

Here are some additional resources that will prepare you for learning in an online environment.

Prepare for eLearning