What is Online Learning?
As the name suggests, “online learning” is learning facilitated in an online environment. Rather than attend class in a traditional classroom setting, online learning allows you to “go to class” when it’s convenient for you. UofL uses Blackboard, a course management system, to facilitate online learning. When classes begin for the semester, you will log in to Blackboard to access your course. Each online course you’re taking has its own site within Blackboard; these sites are your online classrooms. Students use Blackboard to…
Read the course syllabus or handouts
- Submit papers and other assignments
- Take tests
- View grades
- Send e-mail to other students or the instructor
- Discuss readings with classmates on a “discussion board”
Like traditional courses to which you’re accustomed, online courses usually require that you submit assignments, interact with other students, and communicate with your instructor. More on what to expect later.