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.
Students taking an online course who are interested in learning more can review the Distance Education 101 course: http://uaccm.libguides.com/distance_education. For questions about this course, contact Rebecka Virden at 501-977-2033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.