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Online vs. Hybrid Courses

Which Type Of Online Class Is Right For Me?

OTC Online offers two types of courses: online and hybrid. Knowing the difference between these two options will help students choose the most ideal option for their learning preference.


Our unique section numbering helps students distinguish between online and other types of courses. A “W” in the course section number designates an online course (e.g., ENG-101-W01). Online courses are completed fully online with the exception of one proctored assessment.* Students can take an online course anywhere they have access to the internet — across the U.S. and international locations— at times that are convenient for students’ schedules using the Canvas Learning Management System.
Courses are available in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Credentialed instructors provide coursework and submission dates throughout the semester to keep students on track. Any pre-approved location or off-campus site may administer the required proctored assessment* for online courses. Typical off-campus proctoring locations include other college or university campuses, public libraries, K-2 schools and government or military education offices. However, instructors or OTC Online must pre-approve off-campus locations. For more information, contact OTC Online at (417) 447-8200 or *Some courses require additional proctored exams, such as Math and BCS courses.

Find out more about the proctored exam guidelines.

Hybrid Courses

OTC offers ‘hybrid’ courses that are a mix of online and traditional, face-to-face classroom instruction with online technology. The catalog denotes this with an “H” in the course section number (e.g., DAS-120-H01). While applied requirements of the course are completed in-person at specific OTC locations or other pre-determined sites, at least 30% of the course content is delivered through the internet. In-person meeting dates, times, locations and other relevant factors vary from course to course and are made available to students prior to registration.

Determining whether a hybrid course is a good fit is important. If students feel they need some face-to-face interaction with their instructors and classmates but do not have the desire to attend a traditional seated classroom, a hybrid course could be a great option. Other reasons students may choose hybrid courses include that hybrids offer the ‘best of both worlds,’ often satisfying the needs of people with other obligations, transportation challenges, or who just have a curiosity about online courses—all without the commitment of going fully online.

To perform best in an online or hybrid course, students should be able to do the following:

    • Have access to a modern computer that meets the minimum requirements established by the college
    • Be able to consistently access and navigate the internet, send and receive e-mails with attachments, communicate in a digital discussion/chat, use required document management software (e.g. Word or Excel, process digital files, and download/install software  from the Internet)
    • Students can find the Online Course Computer Requirements here
    • Students can find the basic online learning expectations here
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