What is an online course
According to the dictionary, a course is a series of lectures or lessons about a particular subject, leading to an examination or qualification. The term became popular in the 1800s and comes originally from the Latin word cursus, which contains the idea of something that runs, or flows. Which is very related to how a course works: there’s a curriculum, or study plan you must follow in order to complete the training.
Now, a lot has changed since the 1800s. From private tutors with books to classrooms full of students, a course was usually given on a fixed setting and involved people listening to a lecture or reading about a subject in a book.