Are Online Courses for you?
One of the most common misconceptions students have about online learning is thinking online courses will be easier. Online learning is not necessarily easier or harder than a face-to-face course but is a different type of environment that some students might find a bit more challenging.
To determine if online learning is right for you, check out this short quiz provided by the Illinois Online Network:
Self Evaluation for Potential Online Students
Characteristics of a successful online learner:
- Good time management skills
- Sets priorities
- Independent learner
Guidelines for Students in the Online Environment:
- Have a backup plan for when technology fails
- Know your learning style
- Trust you are not alone
- Do not fall behind
- Effective and appropriate communication skills
- Willing to commit to 10 to 15 hours a week per course
- Effective time-management skills
- Reading and writing skills
- A dedicated workspace that is free from interruptions
- Support network of family or friends
What Technology Requirements do I need for Class Success?
The minimum technical specifications needed to participate in this course are:
- A computer with Internet access (LAN, Wireless LAN, Cable Modem, or DSL). If you do not have an Internet connection at home you can always use a computer at one of the labs on campus.
- Keeping your internet browser updated is strongly recommended. Supported browsers for PC are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (Preferred for videos. Internet Explorer does not allow some videos to open). Supported browsers for Mac are Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Your browser should be able to allow Java and Java Script and should be able to allow the installation of add-ons such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Java, etc.
- The computer should have the following free plug-ins installed so you can access course resources: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and Java.
The minimum technology skills that you need:
- You should have basic to intermediate computer skills, including familiarity with word processing, browser navigation, keyboarding, and file saving; ability to setup your audio and ensure installation of add-ons if your browser does not handle them automatically.
- If you do not have these skills, you are responsible for achieving them very early in the term. You can receive assistance by contacting the Center for Teaching Arts & Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org or call CTAT at 865-882-4556 to set up an appointment. They will be happy to assist you.
You should do a system check on your computer before logging into Momentum for the first time. There is a link provided on the Momentum log-in screen to this feature. This will verify your browser version, browser settings, and the display settings on your computer.
If you are having problems logging into Momentum (D2L), timing out of the course, using your course web site tools within Momentum (D2L), please call CTAT at 865-882-4556. For all other technical problems call the HELP desk at 865-354-3000 Ext 4357.
Student Support Resources:
To view the resources CTAT has for RSCC students please visit the CTAT Website and then click on the “Student Training” tab to view various topics covered on our site.
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