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American University offers Online Learning for individual courses in our various schools and colleges. These courses are taught by the same faculty teaching on campus and are as rigorous and fast-paced as face-to-face classes. Most online courses are offered in the summer, with a few in the fall and spring semesters.
Online learning simply means learning through remote methods outside the traditional "bricks and mortar" classroom. Teachers create virtual classrooms, offering the same high-quality learning experience and even some advantages over the traditional course.
Online Learning offers a flexible and engaging class experience. You can
Recent Studies have shown that online learning does not sacrifice the quality of the education and that courses delivered online are as academically strong as face-to-face instruction. The following New York Times article discusses a a study which finds that "Online Learning Beats the Classroom." The study mentioned in that article produced a U.S. Dept. of Education Report called "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies."
While students may find an online class to be as enriching as a traditional class setting, they also find the time commitment can be greater. Participating in online discussions often takes longer than classroom discussions. Typing a thought can be more time consuming than saying it, and since everyone can comment on any given issue, there are typically more contributions to absorb. You should expect to:
To gain the most from your online classes, be sure to do the following: