How many college credit hours do online courses give students?

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How many college credit hours do online courses give students?

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In most cases and at most higher education institutions, both online and their face-to-face counterparts are treated equally (in terms of how students are evaluated and the number of credit hours awarded upon one's successful completion of the course). Regardless of how the class was delivered, a student can typically expect to receive 3 credit hours for each course in which a passing grade was received. To clarify, some courses are worth more or less, depending on the institution and the course content (e.g., lab courses are often worth 1 or 2 credit hours). For a regular in-person class, the number of credit hours is based on the number of direct contact hours per week. For example, a face-to-face course is worth 3 credit hours when students attend class for about an hour and a half twice a week iDocs, 2017). To calculate the appropriate number of credit hours for a fully online course, however, educational professionals estimate the number of hours (per week) that the average student will dedicate to the course. For an online 3 credit-hour course, it is estimated that most students should spend about 9 hours per week (i.e., 3 hours per 1 credit hour) on that particular course's assignments (iDocs, 2017).

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