Services - Online Courses - Students
If you have a disability and would be using
accommodations in a face-to-face class, please let us know. Call
the Disability Services Office at 610-683-4108.
Is online learning for you ?
Ask yourself these questions:
- How well do I manage time? Online learning requires a
good deal of independence and the ability to manage one’s
own time without frequent reminders.
- Does my disability affect my ability to process and
comprehend written information? Information in an online
course is frequently delivered via written material on the
learning management system and web sites. The instructor may
not be readily available to provide auditory feedback.
- Will I need to use assistive technology to complete this
course? For some students with disabilities, the use of
assistive technology is necessary. This can pose a challenge
if some aspects of the online course management system are
not compatible with the type of assistive technology that
- How comfortable am I with computers and technology? It
is important to be aware of your current comfort level with
computers and technology. Are you a digital native or a
digital immigrant? Digital natives have grown up with
computers and technology and are agile with using the many
facets of computers. Digital immigrants did not grow up
using technology. Technology’s widespread use came after
they entered adulthood. The technology is more difficult for
immigrants to navigate. Knowing your comfort level with
computers and technology will help you to determine if
online learning is for you.
- What do I expect of the online study? What kind of
interaction are you expecting from the instructor? Are you
expecting a lot of personal interaction or a little? Do you
think you will have a lot of writing to do or not as much?
You should find out as much as possible about the format of
the online study, the expectations the instructors have of
you, and what you need to do to successfully complete the
course. The more information you learn about the study prior
to enrolling and beginning the study, the better you can
determine if online study is for you.
(From Empire State College)