A Comparison of Online and On-Campus Learning

The idea of earning an advanced degree emphasizing Behavior Analysis online is very attractive to working professionals. Because you have the ability to access coursework and participate in class projects and discussions anywhere there is Internet access, you can continue in your professional role without interruption.

There are some important aspects of online learning you should take into consideration before you make the decision to apply to any online program. The factors mostly concern the way you learn best. Consider the following similarities and differences between online and on-campus learning before you decide to pursue an online degree.

Similarity: Course Content

A question commonly asked by those considering an online degree is if they will receive the same education as a student enrolled in an on-campus program. At the University of Cincinnati, the answer is an unqualified yes. Online students will experience the same rigorous curriculum as they would in an equivalent face-to-face course.

Similarity: Time Investment

It is a common perception of students new to online learning that it will require less time investment than a campus program. In reality, online learning requires as much, and sometimes more, time. Many students find, however, that the ability to self-schedule coursework around family and work commitments far outweighs any additional time investment in an online course.

Similarity: Degree of Contact with Peers and Professors

Reading assigned materials, watching instructional videos, and taking tests online is how most people think of online learning. While those are elements of the online experience, there are also many opportunities to interact with fellow students through group projects and discussion boards, for example. Surveys of online students show that most experience at least as much contact with other students as a campus program and actually find it easier to contact instructors.

Difference: When You “Attend” Class

A significant advantage of UC’s online graduate programs emphasizing Behavior Analysis, like any online program, is schedule flexibility. You choose the specific time of day and the days of the week to work on your assignments. You will have assignment deadlines, however, so employing planning, organization, and self-discipline within your flexible schedule is crucial to your success.

Difference: Learning Skills

Online courses are organized differently than traditional classroom learning. Therefore, online students should expect to develop new learning skills and strategies. Most students adapt very quickly, but online learning is not for everyone. Contact a University of Cincinnati Enrollment Advisor at 877-398-3059 to learn more about the learning skills you will need to succeed in the online Behavior Analysis graduate programs.

Difference: Technology Skills

Technology plays a significant role in online learning. Students need to have basic computer skills, such as the ability to send email, navigate the Internet, and install software. Should you encounter any difficulty during your online program, contact:

Technical Support

513-556-HELP (4357)
E-mail: HelpDesk@uc.edu
Web: Online Help Request Form

Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)

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