OCC Course Formats

At Oakland Community College, we offer flexible options for developing your plan of study. This includes five campus locations as well as morning, day and evening classes. As you plan out your classes, it also helps to have a better understanding of the different course types available.

LEC: FACE to FACE COURSE

  • Meetings take place face to face in an on-campus classroom setting.
  • In this course format, you may be required to use technology to complete the outcomes of this course.

ONL-S: ONLINE COURSE (SYNCHRONOUS)

  • Online Synchronous courses take place entirely online*.
  • You’ll be required to use a computer, webcam, microphone and other technology to complete the outcomes of this course.
  • In this course format, you’ll be required to attend all online meetings scheduled during the days/times listed in the Schedule of Classes

ONL-A: ONLINE COURSE (ASYNCHRONOUS)

  • Online Asynchronous courses take place entirely online*.
  • In this course type, there are no required online course meeting times. Although students may be required to work in groups or with other students at independently arranged dates/times.
  • You’ll need a computer and other technology to complete the outcomes of this course.

HYB: HYBRID COURSE

  • Hybrid classes incorporate online instructional elements in addition to on-campus classroom meetings.
  • In this course format, you’ll be required to attend on-campus meetings and possibly online meetings during the days/times listed in the Schedule of Classes.
  • You’ll be required to use a computer and other technology to complete the outcomes of this course.

*Certain ONL courses may require exam proctoring or a lab component that must be completed on campus or in another physical location. Individual instructors will provide details during the first week of class.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH COURSE FORMAT IS BEST FOR ME

When choosing a course type, you should consider several factors:

  • Availability: Not all courses are available in all formats. As you develop your plan of study with your OCC Counselor, you may need to take a variety of course types.
  • Flexibility: Does your work schedule or other commitments mean you can only attend classes and complete coursework at certain times? If so, then you may need to take a variety of course types each semester in order to complete your plan of study on your desired timeline.
  • Learning style: Do you tend to do better in a structured learning environment with direct instructor interaction? Or are you more self-directed and appreciate the challenge of setting and accomplishing goals on your own schedule? These and other factors can help determine which course types may be the best fit.
  • Online Learning Readiness Course: You’ll also need to register for and pass the DIST-1000: Online Learning Readiness course before you will be able to enroll in any online or hybrid courses. It should be noted that online or hybrid learning often requires significant self-direction and may be more challenging for some learners. Learn more about online learning at OCC, including frequently asked questions.

 

Did you know?If you’re a 100% online student or are only interested in online / hybrid courses, you can use this search tool.

 

Online Student

WHERE DO I FIND THE COURSE FORMAT WHEN I REGISTER?

  • Visit OCC’s Search for Sections page.
  • Use the search form to select the subjects in your plan of study and enter any other information you know about each course. Click the Submit button.
  • In the Section Selection Results list, the course type is listed in the “Meeting Information” description.
  • In-person courses are listed as Lecture.
  • All online and hybrid options use the course type names indicated above (ONL-A: Online – Asynchronous, ONL-S: Online – Synchronous, HYB: Hybrid).
  • You can also find the course type on each course’s individual Section Information page, under Instructional Method.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION & SERVICE HOURS

Auburn Hills Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Auburn Hills
B Building
Phone 248.232.4350
Fax 248.232.4355

Highland Lakes Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Highland Lakes
Woodland Hall
Phone 248.942.3050
Fax 248.942.3055

Orchard Ridge Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Orchard Ridge
M Building
Phone 248.522.3450
Fax 248.522.3696

Royal Oak Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Royal Oak
B Building
Phone 248.246.2450
Fax 248.246.2455

Southfield Campus
Ask a Counselor @ Southfield
A Building
Phone 248.233.2750
Fax 248.233.2740

Service Hours:
Mon, Thur, Fri: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Tue & Wed: 8:30 am - 7 pm