Getting Ready

Online learning is attractive because it offers more flexibility in one's schedule, but is it right for you?

Is online learning right for me?

Online learning demands a different set of skills and study habits. It is likely a good choice if:

  • You want the Holyoke Community College top-quality education but with the flexibility of an online program.
  • You are ready to join a dynamic learning community of peers.
  • You are self-motivated and know how to keep focused on your goals.
  • You have Internet access

How do I get ready to take an online course?

Getting ready to take an online course involves more than just signing up. These are some of the tasks you'll want to do before your course begins:

  • Contact your Online Advisor Specialist
  • Develop a plan to manage your study time.  
  • Identify a dedicated workspace for your coursework that is private and free of interruptions.
  • Login to your HCC Email and Moodle accounts.
  • Complete the Online Orientation to learn about HCC virtual campus.

What does an online course look like and how does it work?

Online courses at Holyoke Community College use a Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle. We have designed a short self-paced course to introduce you to Moodle. Take a look.

What success strategies can I use for online learning?

Online learning successful strategies that are similar to those you may have used in the face-to-face classroom:

  • Manage your time effectively - review due dates and set aside time to complete tasks and exams on time.
  • Engage with your class - give yourself a presence in the class by participating actively. Remember, most of the communication in an online course is done through reading and writing, so make sure to access and contribute to your course regularly.

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