What is Distance Learning?

Distance Learning, sometimes called distance education, online learning, or e-learning, is an educational opportunity that offers a deadline-oriented learning experience similar in structure to a face-to-face on-campus class. Students interact with instructors and each other interact using the online learning management system, Canvas.

On average, students spend about 10 hours per week per course in preparation, participation, and homework time. Students may spend less or more time per week per course depending on when the course is taken and difficulty of the course.

Online? Hybrid? Remote? What’s the difference?

An online class is taught completely online using Canvas, with no classes scheduled on-campus. The course is offered asynchronously with people logged in at different times. You may be required to come to campus for an orientation, testing or labs, or complete another in-person requirement but in general, attending class is simply a matter of logging into your class through our ACES portal.

hybrid class is a cross between a traditional on-campus class and an online class. Some of the class will be done online, but there are regularly scheduled on-campus meetings as well. For example, you may meet once a week on campus and the rest of your learning will take place online. 

A remote class is similar to an online class because it uses Canvas or other online resources for content and activities; however, much of the course instruction may be offered synchronously--at scheduled times via Zoom. 

If you are a student and need assistance with Canvas please call (210) 485-0555, option 2.

Technology Requirements

If you're planning to take an online or hybrid course make sure you have at least the minimal hardware and software requirements. 

Am I ready for Distance Learning?

There are tools available to help determine if distance learning is a good fit for you. Taking the time now to discover your learning style and plan for challenges will help you make the right decision. Explore some tools and resources below that may help you succeed in the online environment.

Student Services and Information

Technology Resources for Students

How to Succeed in an Online Class (pdf)

Canvas Quick Guide for Students 

Technical Support for Canvas

College Resources

Student Handbook

Other Information

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