Online classes are offered over the Internet in a variety of discipline areas, as indicated under the specific course listings in the Schedule of Courses provided each semester. Online courses are as transferable as their companion regularly scheduled classes, have the same prerequisites as traditional on-campus courses, and uphold identical standards of academic quality.
Online courses generally follow the traditional sixteen week semester, but the coursework is completed via a Learning Management System (LMS). Students must provide their own computers and Internet Service Providers and be proficient in using a word processing program, email, and the Internet. Individual classes may have additional prerequisites as specified in their online syllabi.
Synchronous learning is a general term used to describe forms of education, instruction, and learning that occur at the same time, but not in the same place. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of televisual, digital, and online learning in which students learn from instructors, colleagues, or peers in real time, but not in person. For example, educational video conferences, interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions, and lectures that are broadcast at the same time they delivered would all be considered forms of synchronous learning.
Asynchronous learning is a general term used to describe forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—that is not being delivered in person or in real time. Yet asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations.
To find out more about online learning and assess your readiness, spend some time exploring the expectations of online learning in the next few pages. Find out more about Online Learning at College of the Desert.
Starting with the summer 2016 session of courses, COD began using the Learning Management System CANVAS. You can find more information about Canvas on this site by reviewing the Welcome to Canvas! and Canvas Resources page.