Your instructor will tell you whether webinars are mandatory or optional. In most cases, the webinars are strongly recommended but not mandatory. The School recognizes that one of the main benefits of an online course is schedule flexibility. While the time commitment to attend a webinar is usually much less than attending an in-class course, webinars do introduce specific dates and times where, ideally, you will be able to participate in real time. If you’re not able to attend any given webinar, it will be recorded so that you can view it on your own schedule. In some courses, the webinar platform is used for learner presentations that may form part of the graded assessments. In those cases, you would be required to attend the webinar or make alternate arrangements with the instructor to complete the graded assessment in another manner.