How to Register for Distance Learning Courses

If you want to take a credit (curriculum) online course, please read all of the information on this web page carefully!

If you want to take a noncredit (Continuing Education) course online, view the course registration procedures.

Credit (Curriculum) Online Course Registration

Students taking online classes have a greater responsibility for their own success than students in traditional classroom settings. A successful online learner is one who…

  1. Do Your Research. Make sure that you understand how online courses work and that you have the skills to succeed in an online learning environment.

    IMPORTANT: If you're new to online learning, take the quiz: Is Online Learning Right for Me? Be sure to print your quiz results and bring them to your advising session (see Step 3).

  2. Check Your Equipment. Make sure you have the computer access needed for an online course.Read the computer requirements for taking an online course.

    In addition to the above, the following courses require special software:
    CIS110 or CIS113
    Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (including Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and Access 2013
    CTS130 or
    CTS 230
    Microsoft Excel 2013
    DBA110 Microsoft Access 2013
    OST136 or OST236
    Microsoft Word 2013

  3. Get Enrolled, Get Registered, and Pay. The registration process for online courses is the same as for any other credit course: you meet with an advisor, then register, and pay.

    Like all credit courses, credit online courses are open to students who have completed Durham Tech’s admissions/enrollment process and who have met course prerequisites.

    For more information about advising and registration options for the upcoming semester, see the Advising and Registration section.

    Related Topics: Tuition & Fees, Financial Aid

  4. Activate your ConnectMail Account. Durham Tech provides all students with an email account, called "ConnectMail." Students are required to use their ConnectMail accounts for their online classes. Be sure to activate your ConnectMail account and begin checking it so you don't miss important messages from your instructor or from the college.

  5. Complete Your Course Orientation. For every online course you take, you MUST complete a course-specific orientation, which explains in detail how that particular course works. You cannot begin your course until you have completed the orientation!

    Course orientations are handled differently for different courses. For some online classes, you must attend an on-campus orientation. For other online classes, you must complete an online orientation assignment on the first day of class.

    Find the course orientation requirement for your course—and then be sure to complete your course orientation!

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