Types of Online Classes
Here are some ideas on the type of classes you can offer:
Fixed Length Classes
These are usually offered for a period of 6 to 8 weeks and require a lot of input from the instructor.
Class registration ends at least a week before the class starts, and at times, there may be a limit to the number of students that can join.
Each week, the instructor posts that week's lesson (text or video) and assignment. Students go through the lesson, discuss it with the instructor and other classmates and post the assignment at the end of the week.
At the start of the next week, the instructor provides feedback on the assignment and posts the lesson and assignment for the current week.
The students have the option to download the lessons and the discussions remain active for a couple of weeks after the class. In some cases, the instructor may offer an archived version of the group so they can access it later on.
In ongoing classes, students can sign up for the classes at any time and work at their own pace. The modules could be similar to the fixed-length classes with the only difference that students will have access to all modules as soon as they sign up for the class.
Most of these classes also have a group where students can interact with each other. Instructors usually have very minimal participation and questions are usually answered by the classmates or moderators.
Since there is no start date and end date for these classes, the materials will be available as long as the student's login is active.
Ongoing classes typically cost less than fixed-length classes since the instructors do not have spend as much time managing the class. There's also no limit to the number of students who can sign up.