• OnlineLearning

    Requirements/ Skills for Beginning Online Students

    • Use word processing to create documents.

    • Use e-mail –create, send, respond, attach documents.

    • Use presentation software such as PowerPoint to create slides or displays.

    • Able to navigate the World Wide Web – access data, upload and download.

    Tips for Student Success in Online Courses

    • Update your computer and your skills. Make sure your operating system, browser, and major applications are up to date. Check the university's Information Management page to determine requirements. Email the instructor about specific software or skills needed for the individual course.(e.g. Power Point)

    • Organize your schedule. Find a day and time that works best for you to set aside, to work on course assignments, read and do papers, communicate with faculty and classmates. Allow a minimum of 6-9 hours per course per week. For each course taken enter due dates in your calendar, iPad, smart phone, or computer utilizing a different color. Don’t procrastinate. Continue to move forward in the course.

    • Establish expectations with family, friends and co-workers. It is essential that those around you understand, respect and support your need to have quiet time to do your coursework. It is your responsibility to communicate to family, friends, and co-workers where and when you will do your work. Select a place and time that will provide the least disruption.

    • Get to know your instructor. Read a faculty web page if one is posted. Send an email with a list of questions you have. Post a picture of yourself and send a short bio sketch about yourself so the faculty can tailor some of your experiences.

    • Utilize library resources available online including reference librarians. Take advantage of tutorials, orientation sessions and LibGuides which are resources compiled specifically for a course by the librarian. Many articles and databases can be accessed easily with a click of a computer mouse.

    • Use available college resources such as the Center for Student Success, which provides Writing Services that support both on-campus and online students.

    • Find an ebuddy who is willing to work with you and offer academic and emotional support for course activities.

    • Communicate with faculty and classmates appropriately and practice Netiquette. Consider the internet a public place where comments and postings can be read by many. Utilize discussion areas for items that are academically relevant and well thought out. Remember posting only in capital letters typically means you are shouting.