At Moorpark, online courses abound. There are oodles of online courses, and they range, literally, from the fields of anatomy to zoology. Typical online courses are run via a Web site called Desire2Learn. Even the most technologically inept individual can usually figure out an online course within a few days, as the Web site is remarkably straightforward. Many senior students, whose prime far preceded the computer era, handle online courses without issue. Nevertheless, should problems arise for students, Moorpark offers instructional sessions in the library to review online features.
Contrary to what the name implies, online courses are often not entirely "online." Lecture notes, homework assignments, and quizzes are run via the Web portal (online), but midterms and final examinations are usually taken on campus. This is an important aspect that most students overlook. Do not sign up for an online course with mental images of yourself sitting behind your own computer, book in hand, galavanting your way through your midterm. The most important aspect of Moorpark College's online courses is that they can be very hit-or-miss. Some professors are extremely strict with their online courses, while others make the class so entirely simple, that students question whether they are actually in college (the latter could be a pro or a con). Given such a wide variation between classes, students must be prepared for virtually anything, or use professor review Web sites in order to help avoid disaster.