What skills do I need to be successful in an online course?
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…
- Is self-motivated to log in regularly, find details about assignments, and seek out help when needed.
- Is self-disciplined and able to work on a flexible schedule without getting behind.
- Can dedicate enough time to each course. Online classes require at least as much time as traditional classes, and often more. A typical 3-credit online course can easily require 9-12 hours per week.
- Is good at reading and writing. Online classes require more reading and writing than traditional, on-campus classes.
- Has good computer skills. You must be comfortable sending and receiving e-mail, navigating web pages, and using computer software, such as word processors.
- Has convenient, dependable access to a computer that meets the technical requirements listed below.
What computer hardware and software do I need to take an online course?
Successful online students have the following:
- Internet access, usually through a modem and Internet service provider. High-speed access (such as cable modem or DSL) is recommended but not required.
- A ConnectMail email account (provided by Durham Tech)
- A modern Internet browser: Firefox 11 or higher is the recommended browser. Download Firefox
Note to Mac users: Use the free Firefox web browser instead of Safari.
In addition to the above, the following online courses require special software or equipment:
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