Distance & Online Learning

Many courses can be taken online through Kent State Geauga Campus and the Twinsburg Academic Center. Instructors utilize the university’s Learning Management Systems to manage the delivery of their online courses.

Kent State University is currently transitioning from the Learning Management System Blackboard Learn to Canvas.  In Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, some courses will be delivered in Canvas, others in Blackboard. A new Canvas/Blackboard button and dashboard in Flashline will help to easily identify and access Canvas or Blackboard courses.

Blackboard and Canvas screenshot in Flashline

Online Learning Student Guides

Blackboard Learn Guide
Canvas Guide

Online Learning

Is online learning right for you? If you answer "yes" to at least 6 of these questions, then online learning is the right path to take. If you need to strengthen these skills, please speak with an advisor.

  1. Do you have (or are you willing to obtain)  a computer and Internet access at home?
  2. Do you feel that high-quality learning can take place without having face-to-face interaction?
  3. Can you dedicate 4 to 6 hours a week (anytime during the day or night) to participate in the learning process?
  4. Are you a self-motivated and self-disciplined person?
  5. When it comes to schoolwork and deadlines, do you plan your time accordingly?
  6. Are you comfortable communicating in writing?
  7. Do you enjoy reading?
  8. Are discussion forums helpful to you?
  9. Are you comfortable with email, computers, and new technologies?
  10. Are you successful in learning independently?