Online classes open the opportunity for learning to almost anyone, regardless of their scheduling commitments. Lasting from a couple of days to one year, online classes come in many shapes and sizes, as well as various disciplines and topics. Whether the aim is to gain credits toward further higher education, learn a new skill or acquire additional up-to-date training, online courses are an excellent option.
An online class is a course conducted over the Internet. They are generally conducted through a learning management system, in which students can view their course syllabus and academic progress, as well as communicate with fellow students and their course instructor.
Online classes are generally self-paced, allowing for greater flexibility in completing coursework. Some examples of online courses are MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, as produced by organizations such as edX or Coursera. Many traditional universities offer online courses, including Purdue University via their takeover of Kaplan.