Studying Face-to-Face and Online

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  • Learn about the different types of classes you can take at Dallas College. (5 minutes)
  • Explore how being a college student is different from being a high-school student. (5 minutes)

Types of Classes

Most classes at Dallas College fall into three basic categories:

On-campus (face-to-face) classes:

These are classes you attend in person and take the form of lectures and labs, and involve interactions with your instructor and fellow students.

100% online classes:

The entire class is delivered over the internet using a virtual classroom. You can still access all the resources available on campus like libraries and tutoring. These are all available to you online.

Hybrid classes:

A portion of the class takes place on campus and the other part takes place online in a virtual classroom. For example, you might meet for 1.5 hours on campus and then are expected to spend the remaining 1.5 hours online, not counting study and homework time.

There is no distinction between on-campus, online, and hybrid classes on your college transcript.

How Do On-Campus (Face-to-Face) Classes Compare to Online Classes?

In an on-campus class you can expect to: In an online class you can expect to:
  • Go to class on specific days at specific times.
  • Bring your course materials and supplies to class with you.
  • Learn by listening to your instructor, reading the assigned readings and interacting with class materials and fellow students.
  • Meet with your instructor face-to-face during office hours for one-on-one assistance and questions.
  • Complete assignments in and outside of the classroom.
  • Testing typically occurs in class.
  • Log in everyday (including weekends).
  • Learn by reading and interacting with online instructional materials.
  • Take part in online activities with other students.
  • Be responsible for creating a plan of how you will use your time throughout the week and follow the plan!
  • Connect with your instructor by email or during virtual office hours for one-on-one assistance and questions.
  • Complete and submit all assignments digitally and/or in your online classroom.
  • Testing typically occurs online.

How Do Online Classes Work?

  • Online classes require excellent time management skills, study skills and initiative.
    While they provide much more freedom for your schedule, you must be proactive, self-motivated and responsible to be successful. Because of this, online classes are generally harder for dual credit high school students. We strongly recommend taking at least one on-campus class before attempting an online class.
  • An online class can be accessed any time, any day through eCampus once the class starts.
    You will have access to a course syllabus, which will explain the class expectations and all assignments and tests that are required to pass the class. Each week, you will be required to complete readings, quizzes and other assignments as appropriate. Generally, online classes are not self-paced, and assignments and tests may only be available for a limited amount of time.
  • If you have questions about your class, email your instructor.
    Allow at least 24 hours for a response. You are expected to contact your instructor in advance of important deadlines (tests, exams, last day to withdraw, etc.). Instructors may not remind you of missing assignments and they reserve the right to not offer makeup exams and quizzes.

How is High School Different from College?

To explain what college classes are like, it is helpful to compare high school to college. Most of us attended high school, so we understand how it works.

  • College provides more choices and less rules.
    In high school, you are usually told what to do and corrected if your behavior is out of line. In college, you are required to take responsibility for what you do and don’t do, as well as the consequences for your decisions.
  • College classes are more compressed and require you to read and study the class content without reminders.
    A typical college class takes place over a semester instead of the entire academic year. In a high school class, you are usually told what you need to learn from assigned readings. In a college class, it’s up to you to read and understand the assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that you’ve already done the readings.
  • College classes expect you to use critical thinking skills.
    High school is a teaching environment in which you acquire facts and skills, where college is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned.
  • In college, mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what you’ve learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.
    In high school, mastery is usually seen as the ability to reproduce what you were taught in the form in which it was presented, or solve the kinds of problems you were shown how to solve.
  • In college, results count.
    In high school, effort counts. Classes are usually structured to reward a “good-faith effort.” In college, while “good-faith effort” is important regarding the professor’s willingness to help you achieve good results, it will not substitute for results in the grading process.