Students in online courses must be able to successfully manage their time in order to appropriately cover the course materials while allowing adequate study time. Although there is not a set time of the day each week you will attend class, it is expected students will log-in and work on the course frequently throughout the week. Online courses require self-discipline and attention to detail. Staying up with the class and completing all work on time is vital.
Technical readiness is also a critical component of success in online courses. Students should have a functional knowledge of personal computers, including, but not limited to:
- Microsoft Office (software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook Access, and PowerPoint) and knowledge of how to use the software
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (This can be downloaded for free online.)
- Using the internet
- E-mail, including sending attachments
- Basic computers skills that include, but are not limited to, creating and saving documents in Microsoft Word, downloading files and saving them to a computer or external drive
Having the knowledge and access to the proper equipment is a must. That includes having reliable internet connection (preferably high-speed) and a computer that meets requirements. It is good to have back-up computer and access in case of equipment or service malfunction. See Minimal Technology Requirements to check your system.