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Online College Contact Info

Phone: 310.287.4305
Fax: 310.287.4418

Online Learning Team

DeAnna Gossett - Distance Learning Coordinator

Ana Figueroa - Distance Learning Coordinator

Cyrus Helf - Multimedia Specialist

Hadi Dabbagh - Online Technical Support



Online College - Taking a Class Online - FAQS


Can I take the course at my own pace?

Some online courses are self-paced, meaning that you can complete the materials on your own schedule as long as you are finished by the conclusion of the semester.

However, most online courses will be facilitated by an instructor and require that learners adhere to a course schedule for readings, assignments, and discussions with other learners. It will be important for your success to adhere to this schedule so you can contribute to discussions and group projects in meaningful ways. Your presence in the course will only be apparent if you participate!

How much time should I expect to spend per week on my online course?

It is a common misperception that online courses take less time per week than face-to-face courses. In actuality, online courses often require a substantial time commitment. Although the amount of time required for an online course varies based on the length of each course, it's a good rule of thumb to allocate about 7 to 12 hours per week per each online course.

You should expect the following:

  • The amount of homework required in an online course will be roughly the same as that assigned in a face-to-face course.
  • In addition to the homework required for an online course your class time is also online.
  • Most online courses will ask that you spend time participating in discussions with the instructor and other learners. These discussions will play a central role in your learning experience.

Do you have a question?

How will I communicate with the instructor during the course?

Before the course starts, you can email the instructor at the email listed on our Schedule of Classes page. During the course, instructors can be contacted by clicking on the Inbox in the global menu in Canvas. Instructors may also answer questions in a discussion forum or by using Chat in Canvas.Your instructor will advise you about their preferred mode of communication in the course syllabus.

How will I turn in assignments and receive grades?

Your instructor will let you know how they expect you to turn in assignments and receive grades.  It is possible to perform both of these functions within the course.

Your instructor's policy for late work will appear in the syllabus; this should also outline the timeframe for when you can expect work to be graded or receive an email response from your instructor. For instance, your instructor may state that he or she will return email within 48 hours except on weekends and will grade assignments within seven business days.

Do I need books for a distance education course?

Instructors generally require students to use textbooks for their distance education classes. Books can be easily purchased using our Online bookstore.  The instructor will usually list the necessary textbook in the syllabus along with instructions on purchasing them.


Open Educational Resources (OER)

In order to reduce the cost of required materials, many instructors are using Open Educational Resources, which provide online access to course materials at no cost.