Types of Distance Courses

What’s the difference between self-paced and interactive online courses?

Self-paced online courses are open-enrollment, which means you may enroll at any time. Students may work at their own pace, but must finish within 180 days of their start date.


Interactive online courses have specific start and end dates. Students submit work by due dates set by the instructor. Some interactive online courses require videoconferencing or webinar meetings at specific times; most require interacting with the teacher and classmates through online discussions.

Is an online class easier than a face-to-face class?

No. Most students who have taken an online class will tell you that most online classes are more difficult than face-to-face classes, chiefly because you need to take personal responsibility for your own progress.  You need be self-motivated and self-disciplined to succeed in an online class.  There is also a fair amount of writing involved in an online class.  Online classes are not for everyone.
Self-paced courses allow the greatest flexibility in studies. This can be a blessing when working around specific personal scheduling constraints.  But this freedom requires great commitment to personal study plans.  A series of emails will be sent at critical decision points through the 180 days from start to end.  Be sure you check your Andrews email several times a week and read these messages carefully.  Heeded, they can greatly increase the chances of successfully completing this course! 

How do I know if a course is self-paced online?

Courses listed with the 901 section number indicate self-paced courses.

Registration for self-paced courses follows the Self-Paced Academic Calendar (find the current calendar). The student-selected start date determines the term (spring, summer, fall) in which the self-paced course is counted for census and financial aid purposes (if applicable).

Students can register for self-paced courses through Registration Central online. The student is fully responsible to:
* Check with their academic advisor that distance courses will fulfill on-campus degree requirements.
* Check with their financial advisor how registration in distance courses will impact their financial plan.

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