Holyoke Community College's Orientation to Online Learning is designed for students that are new to online learning. These question and answers will help you decide if online learning is the right fit for you.
Is online learning right for me?
Online learning is attractive because it offers more flexibility in one's schedule, but is it right for you? Online learning demands a different set of skills and study habits. Before you enroll, consider the following:
- Self-motivated and willing to accept responsibility for your own learning,
- Self-disciplined, able to budget your time effectively and willing to stick to deadlines,
- Comfortable with technology, especially web-based and Internet technologies,
- Willing to take the initiative and contact your instructor with questions or concerns regarding the course,
- Able to communicate well in writing.
How do I get ready to take an online course?
Getting ready to take an online course involves more than just signing up! There are tasks you'll want to do before your course begins; for example:
- Reliable access to the Internet, including an up-to-date web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, Netscape, or Safari,
- A working email account,
- A dedicated work space for your coursework that is private and free of interuptions.
What does an online course look like and how does it work?
Online courses at Holyoke Community College use a Course Management System (CMS) called Moodle to house your online course and provide a place for you to interact with your instructor and other students. We have designed a short video to introduce you to our online learning environment. Take a look.
What success strategies can I use for online learning?
Online learning has been around for awhile...here are some successful strategies that are often different from those you may have used in the face-to-face classroom.
- Manage your time - understand when assingments are do and set aside time to complete them,
- Engage with your class - give yourself a presence in the class,
- Read and write effectively - most of the communication is done through reading and writing,
- Read everything carefully - make sure you understand the material,
- Logon often - this is the best way to stay informed.