eLearning Options

A variety of distance learning options are available such as online, hybrid, web enhanced, Professors On-Line, publishers sites, and USB.

Note: Online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses that use Canvas are fully supported by the eLearning Office at Olympic College.  Online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses using Professors On-Line, publisher's sites, other software or learning systems, and USB are not supported by the eLearning office.  Support for those come from the instructor or the individual publisher's web site.

An online course is a course that you can take using your computer and the Internet. Online courses are generally not self-paced and require students to participate in online discussions on five out of every seven days at a time that is convenient for them. They do not require students to come to campus.

Online courses are not for everyone. What does it take to be successful? See Be Successful in an eLearning Environment to give you an idea.

These classes combine the best of the traditional classroom with a strong online component. Study and technology expectations are similar to those in online classes, but you meet in a traditional classroom about half the time.

Traditional face-to-face classes are combined with web-based components for homework resources and outside-of-class communication. You still meet on the normal class schedule.


Note: USB courses are not supported by the eLearning office and the description is offered only for information purposes. Assistance with these courses must be directed to the course instructor.

USB courses are self-contained courses delivered on returnable USB memory stick drives. The courses are designed to provide students with little or no internet access a more interactive experience than a telecourse, but not as interactive as an online course. USB drives are available at the appropriate Division offices on the Bremerton Campus or through the instructor. Please see the Class Schedule Planner for information on where to get your USB drive.