How do I know
if online classes are for me?
you will find some questions to ask yourself
taking an online class.
I have the minimum skills necessary to take an online class?
While you don't need to be a computer genius to take online classes
you do need basic computer skills.
You need to know how to:
- Get your
password and log onto your class before the semester begins
- Turn your
computer on and off
- Log on to
- Send email
- Word process (type,
cut, paste, copy, name, save, rename, etc.)
- Attach files
information from the Internet
- Browse the
- Ask questions
of your instructor or call the SLN Student Help Desk with technical
questions when you don't understand something
absolutely necessary to have a minimum working knowledge of
computers and a word processing program to be successful in an online
class. These are easy skills to learn but not at the same time that
you begin to take your online class.
the following link to view the online Video.
I have consistent access to a computer and the Internet?
Do I have my own computer (preferable) or I will I have to rely on
someone/someplace else for computer and Internet access? (Click
here to view minimum computer requirements.) Is this person/place
reliable so that I can complete my assignments when I want to and
in a timely fashion? Do I have a back-up plan in case my computer
your own computer and Internet access is the best solution, however
there are other, less flexible ways to take online courses as well.
The MCC campus has many computers with Internet access that students
can use during the normal hours of operation. Public libraries usually
have access, but many will not let you use their computers for extended
periods of time or bring in your own disk from home. Kinko's has computers
that you can use for a fee. These would all be great back-up plans
in case your computer breaks down, but should not be relied on totally.
the following links to view the online Video. Myth
kind of student am I?
Taking an online course requires a that a student be disciplined and
self-motivated. You must take the initiative to complete assignments
and discussions within the specified time frame without instructor
prodding. Your grade may depend on your active participation.
In addition, you are responsible for following the syllabus
and knowing when assignments are due. And, you are responsible
for asking questions. Your instructor cannot see that "puzzled
look" on your face; therefore, it is your responsibility to contact
him/her to get your questions answered.
back to some of your on-campus courses and assignments. Do you tend
to do complete work on time or before the due date or do you procrastinate?
Do you cram for tests? How and when do you study? Do you prefer to
read a textbook, listen to a lecture, see pictures and diagrams, or
identify everyday applications of theory? The answers to these and
other questions are important for you to know before you take an online
class. MCC's Online Readiness Checklist
is a very useful tool to help you determine your success in an online
the following links to view the online Video.
with a variety of learning styles can be successful in online classes
and it may be helpful for you to identify your preferred style of
learning. Module 2 more specifically addresses this topic.
the Mini-Quiz to see how you're doing