Information for Students

Information for Students

The office of eLearning is committed in supporting students in distance education courses.

How Online Learning Works

Del Mar College is continually increasing the number of online courses for students who aren’t able to attend classes on campus, commit to a full-time course schedule or need a better way to balance family, work and school. Below is additional information to provide a better understanding of what to expect in an online learning environment.

Clearing Up Misconceptions

Many students approach online courses with the mistaken belief that online classes are easier than traditional, face-to-face classes. This is not true. Online courses meet the same academic standards and rigor of traditional courses. While the information delivery and learning environment may be different, traditional and online courses will have the same level of quality and subject material for assignments, required reading, activities, exams, etc.

What to Expect

Canvas logoAs an online student, you will use Canvas to communicate with your instructor, access your syllabus and assignments, participate in discussions with your classmates and upload completed work. The courses are developed by faculty and instructional designers who understand the specific needs and goals of students in an online environment.

With no set class time, the flexibility of online learning enables you to study at times that are convenient for you. However, all of your course assignments, exams, and other activities must be completed by their respective due dates. Exams may be taken through Canvas.  A computer or laptop with a functioning webcam and a microphone is required.  Your instructor will provide details in the course syllabus.

DEFINITIONS

Distance Education, referred to as eLearning at Del Mar College, is the delivery of instruction via the Internet. Del Mar Colleges offers a wide range of courses through Distance Education that are open to all students. Courses are offered in online, hybrid, and web-enhanced formats.

Online – A course is classified as online when 85-100% of the course content is delivered online. Some courses may require an on-campus orientation or testing.

Hybrid – A course is classified as hybrid when 50-85% of the course content is delivered online. A hybrid course blends online and face-to-face delivery.

Web-Enhanced – A course is classified as web-enhanced when the course meets in the traditional face-to-face format but uses Web-based technology to support instruction.

Page last updated September 14, 2021.