What You Need to Succeed?

To succeed as an online learner, you'll need good study skills, time management skills, and the right computer gear.

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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:

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In addition to the above, the following online courses require special software or equipment:

To take this class online… You must have access to this exact software or equipment…
 CIS 110 Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (including Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and Access 2013)
 CIS 113 Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (including Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013 and Access 2013)
DBA 110 Microsoft Access 2013
OST 136 or OST 236 Microsoft Word 2013
SPA 212 A working headset with a microphone attached.

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