There are two types of online courses: those that you can do on your own at any time (Asynchronous) and those that require you to be logged in at specific class times (Synchronous). Below you'll find information about both types of courses (including how to tell them apart by section number in GoldLink). You'll also find PDFs of the Fall 2013 online course offering by course type and a link for looking up classes in GoldLink so you can find the courses that fit your needs.
Most asynchronous courses require no on-campus or time-specific class meetings, and most or all of the course work will be completed through the D2L online learning platform. These courses are identified in GoldLink with a section number between 900 and 989 and "Web-Based" as the instructional method.
Please read the course information in GoldLink carefully and contact the department or instructor if you have questions regarding class meeting requirements.
Synchronous courses require the student to be logged in from their home computer at a specific class time each week and may include live streaming through ITV or Wimba. With the addition of a webcam and microphone, the online synchronous student can interact fully with the instructor and other students in the course, and students can view recorded archives afterward to review important points. These online courses are identified in GoldLink with a 990-995 course number and Web-Based as the instructional Method.