Online Courses

In an online course, students interact with their instructor and classmates through the Internet. There are usually no campus visits required. If you take an online class, you will read lectures, submit assignments, take quizzes and do other course activities online. St. Thomas online courses follow the same schedule as traditional classes, and students are required to complete work each week.

Are These Courses Right for You?

Online courses are the most convenient delivery method at St. Thomas, but also require the most time, self-discipline and time-management skills. Because you never attend class on-campus (except in special circumstances) you need to be extremely motivated to do well in the course. If you have a tendency to fall behind in your coursework, that tendency can become even more pronounced in an online course.

You as an online student are expected to have good reading, writing and study skills. Good study skills mean that you organize your time for reading and completing assignments in a timely manner. You must keep up with the class reading; you must stay current with the class calendar to meet assignment deadlines; you must read assignments and directions carefully; most importantly you must be self-motivated in order to stay on schedule.

In addition, you should have good computer and Internet skills. You should feel comfortable using a browser, and you should know how to save files from the Internet to your computer, and then open them using a different software program.


Blended Courses

Blended Courses are courses in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and time spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated. The goal of a Blended course is to combine the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning. Blended courses promote active, independent learning and reduce class seat time. Meeting times will vary from course to course or program to program, but students are generally required to participate in class each week and to complete weekly coursework online.

Are These Courses Right for You?

Blended courses are designed for students who can be successful in online courses but who wish to retain the value of personal contact with the instructor and other students. Blended courses are very convenient but require more time, dedication, and time-management skills than traditional classroom learning.