Online college-level courses are likely different than anything you’ve experienced before, even if you have done virtual learning at your high school. Some answers to common questions and a few tips can be found below. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you still have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, the courses offered in Dual Enrollment Academy are synchronous. That means they have a set day and time that you must log in and participate in the lecture. 

  • Just like any other college course, in an online class, you will be expected to:

    • do assigned readings,
    • complete homework assignments,
    • participate in online discussions, and
    • take tests/quizzes

    All of this will be done in Canvas. Canvas is a Learning Management Software similar to Blackboard or Google Classroom.

  • You will be given a syllabus containing instructor policies, assignments, due dates, and any other pertinent information. Students should reference the syllabus and Canvas for due dates. 

    There will be due dates throughout the week so you should not plan on doing everything in one night. 

  • Expect your online course to require as much time as any other course would, but keep in mind that you'll have weeks instead of having an entire semester or school year.

    You may need to spend more or less time on coursework depending on:

    • Whether or not you've taken an online course before and how comfortable you are with online course formats
    • How familiar you are with course material
      • Ex. you'll probably get through a sociology course's material more quickly if you've taken a sociology course before than if you hadn't taken one
  • Your school should provide the necessary textbooks for you. If you are homeschooled, you will need to purchase your books from any source you would like.


  • Do. Not. Procrastinate. Scheduling a set time to work on your class and homework is the best way to be successful. As a rule of thumb, you can plan to spend at least 2 hours outside of class for every hour in class.
  • Create a routine. The best advice is to participate in the class in a classroom setting. Laying in bed while in class or doing homework is usually counterproductive.
  • Manage your time. School students usually have a very full schedule. Time management will be critical for success now and in the future.

Contact Information

For questions about Dual Enrollment Academy, contact: 
Marnie Dresser
Interim Director of Academic Outreach