Potential students often are confused or apprehensive about what’s involved in taking an online college course. These classes typically have no face-to-face meetings and all instruction and interaction happens over the web.

According to URock’s Director, Deborah Meehan, online education is the fastest growing segment of higher education nationally. “Over 25 percent of all higher education students nationally are now taking at least one online course.” She added that the demand is enormous.

University College’s new website, “Steps to Successful Online Learning,” is available at learn.maine.edu/get-started/steps.

As the campuses of the University of Maine System continue to add online courses to their schedules, University College at Rockland has added services designed to support students who wish to enroll in these courses. This new website compliments the center’s efforts by outlining the tips and tools needed to thrive in this increasingly popular method of learning.

The website leads students through the process of registering for courses, acquiring email and access accounts, textbooks, and library information they will need to begin. It also provides an overview of the systems involved in online course delivery and offers an opportunity to try a practice course. Finally, the site offers strategies and links to important services to help students succeed.

According to Meehan, “Online instruction allows for lots of flexibility and convenience for students.” She noted that for some students it really works but cautions brand new college students that online instruction may be far more demanding than it sounds.

Online instruction is just one of the instructional methods supported at University College at Rockland. Students also take courses face-to-face, through videoconferencing and over interactive television.

For most UMS campuses, fall semester classes begin Aug. 29. For more information about courses and programs offered at University College at Rockland, please call 800-286-1594 or visit URock’s website at learn.maine.edu/rockland.