Online Education

Online Education

Prospective Online Learners

Is Online Learning For You?

In order to be successful in an online course, not only do you have to have basic technology skills and resources, you also need to have some understanding about online courses and be prepared to learn in a different way. One misconception is that online classes are easier than traditional, face-to-face classes. This is not the case. You should expect to spend as much time studying and doing homework in an online class as you do in a traditional class.

Online Education Initiative Online Course Introduction

Watch a 12-minute video that introduces you to online learning.

Yes, you can learn online! Studies indicate that there is no significant difference in the learning that takes place in online education courses and traditional classroom courses (Russell, 1999). Many instructors and students feel that online courses offer an increase in the ability to interact, and students report that they have greater access to course materials and to the instructor during computer-delivered classes (Ward, 1999).


Our Online Courses meet the same criteria as our Traditional Courses...The course objectives and curriculum for online education are the same as for on-campus classes; it is simply the method of delivery which is different. Students who take online education courses generally say they are the same difficulty or more difficult than courses on campus. This is because online education students need to be self-motivated and have good study skills. Most online education students are working toward a specific educational goal.


If you're eligible to enroll in a De Anza College traditional course, you can enroll in an online course...Anyone who is eligible to enroll in the community college may enroll in online education courses (age 18 + or a high school graduate), but students are encouraged to self-select themselves based on their own background and skills. 

Still Uncertain?

If you are considering taking an online class and are not sure whether it's a good fit for you, take this short survey to assess your online readiness. (Will open in a new window)

Ready to Enroll?
Step One


If you have not already applied to be a De Anza College student, you'll need to do that first. You will need to follow the same process as students who are taking traditional classes. See information and instructions on this page.


Step Two

Find Your Course(s)

You can access available online courses in the De Anza College Schedule of Classes. Select the quarter you want to take the classes in, the click "Online Education" as the search criteria to see all the online course offerings for that quarter. (note: some courses require on-campus meetings)

Step three


The process for registering for online classes is the same as regular face-to-face classes (they follow the same academic calendar and the same fees apply). Please see De Anza's Registration Information page for the steps to follow.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p

Last Updated: 3/22/17