Know yourself and your learning style—think about how you approach new learning situations. Evaluating your own skills and preferences will help you select the type of learning that best fits your learning goals. Take the ONLINE READINESS QUESTIONNAIRE at the top menu bar of this page to assess your suitability for online coursework.
Read and understand the course syllabus. Some online courses will also have an orientation document that further explains the expectations for online learning.
Be organized and self disciplined when it comes to time management. Make a schedule that shows all the time you will need to spend on coursework, work, social and family commitments. Set aside enough time to attend class online and do homework. It is best to designate specific days and times each week to establish and maintain a routine.
Attend class–although virtual, class attendance is important; and your presence in the form of visiting and participating is expected. Instructors are able to “see” when and how often you are visiting your blackboard classroom.
Do not procrastinate—you may have questions for your instructor—waiting until the last minute to ask for help doesn’t work.
Take advantage of instructors office hours. Whether in person on campus or online, instructors have office hours to help students. Do not hesitate to reach out and communicate with your instructor.
Check your MCC email daily. Use of your MCC email is for identity purposes, it ensures that communication is with the intended individual. Use of private email does not ensure your identity.
Know the technology skill level that is expected when signing up for an online course. Be sure to have the proper technology to get the job done. Pay attention to file formats—when turning in work, make sure you know what file formats are acceptable; your instructor provides you with this information. Detecting Your Technology.
Have a BACKUP PLAN—most instructors have due dates for assignments and quizzes. If you have a computer problem, it is your responsibility to have a back-up plan.
Have Integrity—respect the Honor Code. Often an uncomfortable subject but a necessary one–don’t attempt cheating. Believe it or not, it is easier to detect and investigate cheating with an online class.
Don’t be a dropout statistic–work on solving any start-up problems with email, Bb logins, course due dates, and computer requirement questions immediately. Those students who don’t get a head start on the course and fall behind at the beginning are the ones who lose out and often drop the course.
Visit Help/Orientation for Blackboard and view the video to become familiar with common Blackboard features used by instructors.