Online instructors utilize a wide variety of tools such as online lectures, assignments,
tests, discussion forums, and streaming video. Our online courses are offered online
through a course learning management system (CMS) called Canvas. Instructors may also use additional software and websites, depending on the course.
Details and special requirements for each course can be found by clicking the CRN
link on the online Class Schedule Search web page.
NETWORKING & TECHNOLOGY SKILLS
Students who take online classes become more proficient and comfortable with using
computers. Through assignments, discussion forums and group projects, students can
learn to connect with one another online and with information in meaningful and useful
ways. Skills like these are in demand by employers. Some students prefer to learn
in the same medium they are using for managing information and communication in their
life outside of school.
ONLINE LEARNING CREATES OPTIONS
If a student needs to take a class to graduate, they may have the option to take it
online. Students who take online classes are more likely to take classes to update
their professional skills later in their careers. They will already have the ability
to participate in online training and webinars offered by future employers or universities
Taking an online class has many advantages, however online learning is not for everyone.
For instance, if you need the discipline of meeting on campus several times a week
and you enjoy the in-person interaction between other students and your instructor,
you are more likely to succeed in an on-campus class. The following are characteristics
of students who would do well in an online class.
Successful online students must have both Technical Skills and Study Skills. To find
out about what technical and study skills are required for success in online classes,
go to ourTips for Success in online courses and What Skills Do I Need?? page.
- Take a good look at yourself as a learner...
- What grades do you typically earn?
- Students who do well in on-campus classes typically do well in online classes. So,
you can expect to earn the same grade in an online class as you would earn in an on-campus
To find out if you are ready to be a distance learning student, you can take an online
assessment quiz. Click on one or more of the below links to find out if you are ready
for online learning.
Online Assessment Quiz Links:
Northwest Florida State College Distance Learning Self Assessment
Santa Barbara City College Readiness Assessment Quiz
1. Budget your time.
At a minimum, you will need to study between 6 and 9 hours EACH week in order to be
successful in a 3 unit course. You can use this link to calculate how you spend your time in order to prioritize
your educational goals: http://www.studygs.net/schedule
2. Get organized.
It is recommended that you don't procrastinate and don't get behind.
It's very easy to get behind in an online course because you don't actually see the
instructor or your fellow students on a regular basis. No one can force you to login
to Canvas or to answer your email. If you're not careful, you can attend to the responsibilities
that are right there in your life and postpone your responsibilities in cyberspace.
3. Meet deadlines.
Many students incorrectly believe that an online course is student-paced and they
can choose when to hand in materials. Actually, most online courses are instructor-paced
and there are real deadlines which must be met if you are to pass the course. If you
really don't have time to do the work, drop the course before you fail the course.
4. Keep in touch with your instructor and your classmates.
Most instructors provide a discussion board within Canvas for you to post questions
about the course requirements, the course content, or the technology. As soon as you
begin to be confused or have a question, post it to the discussion board and ask for
help from your fellow students. Most online students are glad to help and welcome
a chance to get to know their classmates better.
5. Be a good reader and enjoy reading.
Most lecture material in the online learning environment must be read. Students who
are auditory learners (learn better by hearing) may want to consider taking face to
face classes or downloading a free screen reader.
6. Be able to communicate clearly and concisely through writing.
Since almost all communication is written, the ability to enter text in a reasonably
speedy fashion is also of value.
7. Be an independent learner.
Must be self-disciplined and self-motivated. This is an extremely important characteristic.
Self-discipline and self-motivation play a pivotal role in whether most students will succeed or fail online courses.
8. Be willing and able to commit 6 to 12 plus hours per week per course.
Many successful students say online learning is more time consuming than traditional
9. Be open to sharing life, work and educational experiences as part of the learning
process but exercise caution.
Allan Hancock College does not restrict enrollment in distance learning classes any
more than it does in on-site classes. The law requires that we admit all qualified
students. We encourage you to exercise the same kind of caution in a distance learning
class as you would if you were taking an on-site class. Do not share personal information
about yourself; do not give a relative stranger or new acquaintance your home phone
number, address, etc
Whether you have taken an online course before or are enrolled in your first one,
you’ll soon discover that an online course has a unique culture and etiquette. Unlike
popular social media, such as Facebook or Twitter that you may already be using in
your daily life, online course etiquette more closely resembles that of a traditional,
on-campus course. Here are some guidelines you can follow to help you be successful
in your online course.
Interacting with People, not a Computer
In an online course, you may find fewer opportunities for face-to-face interaction
between you, your instructor, and your classmates. Since most of your interaction
will be text-only, you won’t be able to pick up on “cues” such as body language, facial
and vocal inflection, or the discussion’s changing pace. This has the potential for
people to misunderstand one another’s writing.
Give your writing a respectful “tone,” whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with
another person’s posting. When you read e-mail or online discussions, make sure you
understand the other person’s message. A confrontational reply to a message you’ve
misunderstood can drag a conversation down for everyone. If you don’t understand,
ask the writer for clarification with language you’d use in the classroom. Think about
how you’d react if someone wrote you the way you’re writing your message. If you think
a posting is inappropriate, you should ask your instructor to look into it.
Read Before You Write
Spoken conversations are a continuous process of talking and listening. When you walk
up to friends in a conversation, you listen awhile to pick up what’s being talked
about before you join in. It’s good etiquette online, too. Even if it’s a conversation
you contributed to previously, new posts by others may have introduced new questions
and taken the discussion in new directions.
Read Before You Submit
In general, discussion posts and e-mail should be as concise as possible while still
making your message clear. Write a draft and before you click the submit button, read
your message aloud, to yourself or to someone else. This can help you find awkward
phrasing, correct misspelling, or maybe see a clearer way to compose your message.
Avoid language that is humorous, angry, sarcastic, or offensive. Remember that your
readers won’t have those cues mentioned above and could misunderstand you. If you
feel particularly strongly about a point, it may be best to write your message first
as a draft and then review it before posting in order to remove any strong or ambiguous
Words are Forever
Once you submit your message, whether in e-mail or as a post to a blog or discussion
group, it will be stored on servers “out there” for others to read. You won’t be able
to easily take back your words. Even if you intended it to be private, your message
may, in fact, be public. A search engine might find it. It can be forwarded to people
you never wanted to read it, or copied and posted in a context you didn’t intend.
You have no control over the way others might use it once it is public.
You do, however, have control over what you do – or don’t do – with other people’s
messages. If someone writes you a private e-mail, respect that privacy.
For more cyber-protocol tips, visit some of the sites listed below:
E-mail etiquette 101: http://netmanners.com/netiquette_101.html
Business E-mail Etiquette Basics: http://netmanners.com/business-email-basics.html
Wikipedia – Netiquette: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netiquette
Writers Write Internet Journal: http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/dec99/pirillo1.htm
Instant Messaging and Live Chat Etiquette Tips: http://www.tamingthebeast.net/articles6/messaging-chat-etiquette.htm
Welcome California Community College Online Student.
California Community Colleges Online Educations Initiative - http://apps.3cmediasolutions.org/oei/students.html
Congratulations for taking the first step towards academic success in your online
The State of California's Online Education Initiative (OEI) has developed an innovative
set of interactive tutorials and tools, which may increase your chances of success
in any online course. These tutorials are interactive, helpful, and easily accessible.
Whether this is your first time taking online classes, or you have taken a few online
courses in the past; you will find that these resources are tailored to your needs
and are focused on enhancing the academic and technical skills needed for success
in the online learning environment.
OEI Online Student Support Services Team
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