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Student Guide to Online Learning

Are you considering taking an online or hybrid course for the first time? Have you enrolled in one, but need guidance on how to get started? You have come to the right place. This website is a guide for students interested in taking online or hybrid courses at Montclair State University and wishing to learn more about what they are like. It provides essential information for students to get prepared for taking online courses. Before you get started, you may want to take a Self Assessment for Online Learning Readiness Survey. This survey will help you identify your overall readiness for online learning.

Online learning is different from face-to-face learning in many ways. Students can generally attend an online class at anytime, from anywhere. Although there are deadlines, and may be online meetings, online courses offer much more flexibility than face-to-face courses. Instead of face-to-face communication, students are likely to use email, discussion boards, and or other communication tools.

This guide is designed to help you understand what online learning is like and provide you with some tips on how to succeed in online courses. This website includes information on the following:


You may also want to visit our Canvas Student Orientation course, in order to get a feel for what a typical Canvas course looks like. It includes useful tips on how to navigate your courses in Canvas.