You don't have to be a computer wiz to take an online course, but you will need some basic technical skills to be successful. You will need to be quite comfortable with your computer system and have a basic knowledge of software tools such as a word processor, email, an Internet browser, and search engines.
Are you ready for an Internet course? A successful online learner:
- Has access to a reliable computer and Internet provider.
- Is able to communicate effectively through writing.
- Is a self-motivated learner.
- Has the self-discipline necessary for success.
- Has as much time to commit to an Internet course as to a traditional course.
- Is able to successfully send and receive email messages.
- Is comfortable with using an Internet browser to navigate the Internet and locate information.
Take the OASIS online learning self-assessment to help you find out if you are really ready. The OASIS tool is provided by Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO).
Students who complete an online course typically enjoy the experience and report the following advantages:
- Same high-quality instruction and course content, without a fixed class schedule and travel time to get a class.
- Class time is anytime, whether you are an early riser or a night owl. (Some courses may include "set" meeting times for online course chats or on-campus classroom labs.)
- More personalized communication with the instructor.
You'll need to be self-motivated, self-disciplined and have the necessary technical skills to navigate the course. To be successful, you must view online courses as a convenient - not easier - way to receive your education.
You can expect to spend at least seven to 15 hours per week working for a typical three-credit hour course.
As an online student, you'll need to be prepared to interact with your professors and coursemates in writing. Strong reading and writing skills in the English language are critical and self-discipline is essential.
Success in online courses depends on self-discipline and the ability to learn without face-to-face interaction. KCC online courses maintain the same rigor and high standards that its classroom courses do. Academic progress is established and maintained through regular course participation.
The ability to access your online course from almost anywhere at any time may make it harder to maintain structure and deadlines. There are just as many deadlines in an online course as in a face-to-face course. Be aware of your instructor's expectations and requirements.
If you are not already very comfortable with word processing and the Internet, you will find it VERY demanding and difficult to learn the technology and the course content at the same time.
Instructors are prepared to help you with the course content, but they cannot teach you computer literacy skills at the same time. If you cannot navigate the Web, attach a file to an email, and create documents in a word processor, you are not ready for online learning at KCC.