Online Classroom (Canvas) Frequently Asked Question

Live-Online v. Online — What's the difference?


These courses meet in real time online via a remote learning platform such as Zoom. Classes meet at regularly scheduled times and you have the opportunity to interact with your instructor and your classroom peers in real time. Just like a regular on-campus class, you are expected to attend and participate in the discussion.

Up-to-date tech

Be sure you have the latest version of Zoom on your computer.


These courses are self-paced, with the occasional synchronous meeting as indicated by the instructor. While you may be frequently in contact with your instructor, communication does not happen in real time. When you start the course, all the material is available to you to consume when you are ready. You can finish early or take the entire allotted time to complete the course.

More detailed information is available on our Remote Learning page.