The online classroom is not a room, but a collection of online resources you’ll access on your computer from a location of your choosing. Your instructor will not be standing in front of you, and your peers will not be seated next to you. They’ll be where you are: online.
In this section, we’ll help you grasp the concept of an online classroom. We’ll explore your preferred learning styles to help you better understand your strengths as a learner, as well as identify the areas you need to develop; we’ll teach you what it means to communicate effectively online, and how to do it; and we’ll explain the different types of online materials and assignments you’ll encounter as you complete your coursework. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to practice what you learn so you can better prepare yourself for your online classroom.