How Online Learning Works

Online learning is a method of delivering educational content by using the Internet instead of face-to-face in a physical classroom. Many students prefer online classes for a variety of reasons:

  • Students have the flexibility of accessing course content and completing assignments at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • With family or work obligations, students today have the convenience of accomplishing academic and career goals by completing coursework with a personalized schedule.
  • OCC online students save money by paying an affordable tuition and by not having to commute to an OCC campus to take the courses they need to complete a degree program.
  • The courses offered online offer the same quality education, competencies, and credits as face-to-face classes and are even taught by the same instructors.

Questions to Consider

You're probably already wondering about the answers to these questions and more:

  • How do I know if I am ready to learn online?
  • What does the online classroom look like?
  • How do I interact with my classmates and instructor?
  • How do I submit course work and take exams?
  • What is the time commitment?
  • How flexible is the course schedule?
  • What are the attendance requirements?
  • Aren't online classes easier than face-to-face classes?
  • What kind of computer/Internet access and other technology do I need?
  • What personal skills do I need to be successful as an online student?


The Online Learning Readiness Course DIST 1000 is a non-credit, no-cost course and is mandatory for students who want to enroll in online or hybrid courses. To access the Online Learning Readiness course: 

  1. Log into MyOCC.
  2. Click on the Students tab.
  3. On the MyOCC Students Menu, under Pre-Registration Steps, click on Online Learning Readiness Course (DIST 1000).
  4. Sign in with your MyOCC username and password.
  5. Click on the Online Learning Readiness Course (DIST 1000) tile. The course is available 24/7 on all devices.
  6. Average time to complete this self-paced course is 1.5 hours. You may exit the course and return at any time to pick up where you left off.
  7. To pass this course, you must complete each activity, score 75% or higher on each quiz, and fill out the course survey.
  8. Once you have reached the end of the course, you will see the Congratulations message with next steps on how to register for online or hybrid courses. Please wait 30 minutes before registering for online or hybrid courses. 

Note: Successfully completing the DIST 1000 course once will allow you to register for online and hybrid courses in the current and future semesters. 

Not an OCC Student Yet?

Interested in taking online courses at Oakland Community College but  not yet an OCC student?

Follow these steps to become an OCC online or hybrid student.