Metro's online courses provide you with a flexible and convenient way to learn, but that doesn't mean online learning is easier than in a traditional classroom. Online courses offer the same opportunities for learning and growth, and the chance to challenge yourself as a student. As an online student you will need to be motivated, dedicated and determined with your studies.
You will need to have a working knowledge of the following computer skills:
- Creating and naming/renaming folders.
- Saving, opening, and placing files inside folders.
- Opening and working with more than one application at a time.
- Protecting your computer against computer viruses.
- Creating a document in a word processing program.
- Naming, saving, retrieving, and editing a document.
- Sending email and attaching files to an email.
- Browsing and surfing the Web.
Communication and Participation
- Be willing to communicate with classmates and faculty online.
- Participate in weekly online activities. You will need to log into your course one or more times per week to view announcements, participate in class activities, assignments, online discussion and quizzes and tests.
- Complete the online assignments, quizzes, and activities by the due date to allow your instructor adequate time to review your work and provide feedback.
- Contact your instructor with course related questions by course mail well in advance of due dates as you may need to wait 48 hours for a response to your questions.
Your computer must be able to run one of the compatible web browsers listed on the Browser Support Page: http:/www.mccneb.edu/online/browsers.asp
Time management is the most important factor in completing any coursework, especially for online courses. Successful online students have to be very organized in their studies and take responsibility for their own learning.
First determine what time of day you can best focus on your studies. It is very helpful to have a set schedule for studying. If you get into a routine of sitting down at the same time each night or for the same hour each morning, you can ensure that you stay on top of your work and will not fall behind.
Balancing Personal Obligations
Many students choose to take online courses because of the convenience. You may be working full-time, or live too far from campus or raising a family. Balancing school and other important aspects of your life can become a juggling act.
The greatest strength of online courses is that you can study around your schedule. It is up to you to find time for your coursework and to make the most of it. When you study, you should try to avoid distractions, such as phone calls or television.
A well-lit place that is free from distractions is recommended. If you can’t escape in-home interruptions, you can work on campus in the libraries or learning centers. Schedule your designated study time when you can be in a distraction-free environment and your chances for success will increase. You may find that you're making better use of your time and actually spend less time studying.
It is important to take an active part in your online education. Just because you don't see your classmates or instructors face to face does not mean that you cannot interact them. Online courses are designed to include group discussions and online chats.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. As an online student there are several ways to get the answers you are seeking. You can always send a mail message to your instructor for clarification, just be sure you ask early enough that you can get a response well before any pending deadlines or due dates. You can also turn to your classmates for help. Post questions to the discussion board to benefit from other students' knowledge and insights. You can even arrange to meet other students in a chat room for a study session.
But you should always do your best to find the answer yourself. You're bound to learn other answers in the process.
Get out of it What you put in
The more effort you put forth in your online courses to comprehend the material the more likely you are to succeed after the course is finished. Extra effort during the course will lead to a better, more lasting experience.
Online courses have a lot to offer students who dedicate the time and focus to getting the most out of their courses.