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?


If you are an OCC student, before you are able to register for online or hybrid courses, you must first complete a course's prerequisites.

All online students must also register for and pass the mandatory prerequisite course, DIST-1000: Online Learning Readiness.

  1. Log into MyOCC.
  2. Select the Students menu.
  3. Select Register for Online Learning Readiness Course.
  4. Place a checkmark in the Select column to choose DIST-1000.
  5. Submit.
  6. An email will be sent to your OCC student email account with details on how and when you may access the Readiness course in D2L.

Once you pass the Online Learning Readiness course, you will have fulfilled the mandatory prerequisite and do not need to take the course again. You will be able to register for online and hybrid courses once you pass the course.

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.