eLearning at Kodiak College

Fifty percent of Kodiak College courses are delivered by eLearning.  The format of these courses varies: some are entirely online and asynchronous and others require that students participate in class by computer or video conference while class is in session.  Students should understand the general difference between these options before they register.  Please consider the comparisons below and ask questions if you need more information. Contact Student Services at 907-486-1266 or by email to studentservices@alaska.edu.

                   Comparison: Face-to-Face vs. eLearning

Face-to-Face Classes

eLearning Classes

Synchronous scheduling – students are expected to attend class. May be synchronous (attendance expected) or asynchronous (no scheduled meeting times).
Class time used to present content required to complete assignments and exams.  Students receive content primarily by reading.  Some courses include recorded lectures and video, as well.
Learning course content and participation in the course community requires class attendance. Independent learning that typically requires more time and self-management skills.
Students participate in classroom activities with other students, listen to lectures and take notes. Students engage in independent reading and work on assignments or projects on their own schedule.
In-class reminders and the physical presence of peers helps some students stay on track with their coursework. Instructor sets intermittent deadlines and students must plan how to meet them.
Students can study together or work in groups for support. Group work may or may not be an option.
It is recommended that students study 1.5 to 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class. eLearning requires 2-3 hours more individual learning time and established study skills.
Some students are less likely to participate in class discussions. Most students are likely to actively participate in online discussions.
Various forms of media may be presented during class. Lectures are usually the primary method of delivering course content. Students must utilize a wide variety of computer skills and programs and have the ability to use current technology for course success.
Communication with instructors and peers occurs in many ways including in person, on the phone, and over email. Communication with instructors and peers may be restricted to email.
Purchase books at the Kodiak College bookstore on campus. Order books online from the campus the class is offered through.

Is eLearning Right for You?

Most Kodiak College students take a combination of face-to-face and eLearning courses. To help decide if eLearning courses are right for you, take the Smarter Measure. This assessment evaluates seven areas of interest to help you find out if you have the skills to be a successful eLearner. Your results are compiled to provide recommendations about steps to take to improve your likelihood for success in eLearning courses. 

Take the Smarter Measure

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