Step 1: What is eLearning? (Gathering Information)
eLearning courses offer students a flexible alternative to on-campus classes. You participate in the course on your own schedule and at a location most convenient for you. The majority of distance learning courses are not self-paced and you will have due dates and deadlines to meet as you would in a traditional class.
Being successful in an eLearning course requires self-discipline. It is necessary for students to accept a high level of independent responsibility for their learning. In addition, distance learning courses require a minimum level of computer competency, and are reading and writing intensive. To find out if eLearning courses are right for you, take a moment to do a self-assessment.
Why take online classes?
Courses offered via eLearning may or may not be transferable and/or fulfill a specific degree requirement. Students are encouraged to discuss course selections with an advisor in order to meet intended goals.
What You Need To Know Before You Take An Online Course
- eLearning courses will not save you time.
- eLearning courses are not easier than traditional classes.
- Communication between students and instructors can get frustrating – a reasonable response time is 2 days.
- Always keep a hard copy on your computer of every assignment you turn in.
- A slow computer will make your class more difficult and frustrating.
- You must be a self-starter and self-disciplined.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate - ask questions in the discussion board – you might get the information you seek from your fellow students, if not your instructor.
- Remember everyone in the class can read what you have posted. Be careful of what you say.
- Be aware of whether your class requires any on-campus attendance.
- You need to be able to connect to and navigate the web, send email and attachments, open, save and manage files, and have access to a computer 5-7 days per week.
- Do not take an incredibly challenging course the first time. Take a class you have an interest in, or a subject you have an aptitude for.
- Remember you are not on your own, but you will need to be able to learn on your own.