Online courses at Cayuga can be completed entirely online. Lab courses either use computer simulations or require students to purchase lab kits to conduct experiments at home.

However, some courses like math, require a proctored exam. If you live in the area, you can take tests on campus (Auburn or Fulton) in the Learning Commons – Academic Support, or instructions in the course will explain how to find a proctor at a local college, school, church, etc. Online courses may, like on-campus courses, require extracurricular activities, i.e. visiting a local court in a Criminal Justice class, or attending an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting in a Health course about addiction.

All fully-online courses are asynchronous, meaning you may sign on at any time of the day or night, wherever you have internet access. Online courses are demanding. They are not self-paced or self-study, and should not be viewed as easier than classroom courses. They are actively led by an instructor, and there are deadlines. Normally, a semester course will consist of a series of two-week modules. In each module, you will be expected to read the textbook and other materials, read faculty lectures online, submit your answers to questions, complete other exercises or assignments, and participate in online discussions (e.g., reading short notes posted by other students and posting your responses). In a 15-week semester, students on average are expected to log on to the website about three times per week to complete their work.