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What Are Online Courses Like?

OSU online courses are the same content as our on-campus courses. The amount of time needed to dedicate to the class is the same as well. Typical courses are 16 weeks with some shorter courses.  OSU faculty connect with online students and provide various ways to engage through assignments, discussion and group work. Communication with your professors is easy through email, phone, or virtual conferencing. OSU provides many support services to online students.  

Most classes are taught through the Canvas learning management system. Canvas is a cloud-based system that is set up with each of your courses with links to lectures,  assignments and other learning activities, quizzes and tests. Access Canvas at or through the OSU portal at There you will see your courses listed on the dashboard. Learn more about Canvas features to help you stay on track!


Benefits of Online Learning

1. Added flexibility and self-paced learning.
Many online students work full time or  travel, so logging into class at a convenient time is important to balance work and home life. Additionally, students have access to lectures and materials which provides a convenient way to revisit main concepts. 

2. Better Time Management

Online students learn how to manage their time well. Employers admire the balance it takes to juggle work, online classes, and life in general. Because there are no class set times within an online degree program, students have the flexibility to set their own schedules. This shows that an individual is proactive, productive and can multi task. 

3. Demonstrates Self-Motivation

One of the top ten employability skills is self-motivation. Earning your degree online while balancing other priorities demonstrates independence and self-motivation to complete multiple projects and priorities. 

4. Broader, global perspective

Students in online courses at OSU often come from various areas in the U.S. and all over the world. Class discussions are broadened with a variety of perspectives and experiences. Employers are looking for employees who can bring innovative ideas, and learning from others in online classes will broaden your concepts. 

5. Critical-thinking Skills
Online learning forces you to develop your critical thinking skills in ways that you might not have practiced in an in-person classroom setting. 


How to Succeed in Online Classes

5 Strategies

  1. Have a growth mindset and be flexible
  2. Learn how to use Canvas through the short video tutorials. Canvas is the online classroom or learning management tool. 
  3. Check your Canvas Calendar and Canvas To Do List often. Set up Canvas Notifications for class announcements, new course content, due dates, and grades. Multiple email addresses can be used as well as text messages. Download the Canvas app for your phone.
  4. Communicate and ask for help when needed. Email your professor or someone else who may have the same question
  5. Get organized and create a quiet study area.

Happy learning!

How to be Successful in Online Classes


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