Understanding How Online Classes Differ from In-Person Classes


As you begin converting your class from being focused on teaching in-person to a class primarily taught online, you need to be aware of some important differences between in-person and online classes. You cannot make an effective online class by simply uploading the materials from your in-person class. You can find a list of a few ways that online and in-person classes are different below.

  • The course pace is driven by modules which you prepare before the course beings.
  • Interaction is instructor-student and peer-to-peer centered.
  • Discussions are topic-specific.
  • Students have more time to formulate thoughtful discussion responses.
  • Additional measures may be added to ensure academic integrity on assessments.
  • Feedback is expected to be provided sooner and should also be more detailed.

There are a number of benefits to both instructors and students in online classes. Students often feel more comfortable participating in an online setting than in in-person classes. Students and faculty alike benefit from the flexibility offered by online classes. Although teaching an online class still requires a lot of work, you have the flexibility to do that work on your own time.