Taking an online course is different than taking a class in person. An obvious statement, but I think it is a statement worth making. I remember my first semester in SLIS – I didn’t know what to expect or what would be expected of me. I remember wading my way through online forums, group projects, and online lectures. I made a lot of tentative steps.
Maybe you are worrying about starting an online program. You are wondering what it will be like or how you will learn to navigate. Or maybe you haven’t given it even a passing thought. But one thing is true, an online class is different than a face-to-face class. Not better or worse. Just different. So, perhaps to ease your fears or get you thinking about your first few weeks of class, let me tell you a bit more about communication in an online school.