In many instances, online and distance learning courses provide students greater flexibility when planning their course schedule. Although online and distance learning courses offer convenience of delivery, they can be very demanding. You will need to be motivated and have good time-management skills to complete a course.
- The online learning environment can be challenging. Your success is linked directly to your effort and organization. Review your online class schedules and make sure to check with instructors about possible synchronous classroom sessions or proctored exams.
- Online learning requires a high level of motivation and self-discipline, and you may find yourself spending more hours reading, writing, and completing coursework than you would if you took the same course in a classroom.
- You will need access to the Internet, preferably from a computer or tablet. Plan to spend 10 to 15 hours online a week for each course. Make sure to check with your instructor about specific technology requirements. Be sure to check out the many free online resources available to you as a DACC student-click here.
How do you know if you are ready to learn online? To determine if online learning is right for you, check how many of the following statements you can answer “yes” to:
I am a self-starter. I complete assignments on my own, following written instructions.
I organize my time well, even when managing multiple demands.
I am comfortable contacting my instructor if I have a question.
I have good reading and writing skills.
I use the Internet, e-mail, and word processing software regularly.
I have a reliable home computer with an Internet connection (preferably DLS or cable connectivity).
I can spend 10 to15 hours a week on each class.
I enjoy working independently.
Still not sure about taking an online class?
Student Canvas Training is a helpful workshop created for those students who would like to improve their knowledge of CANVAS and increase their success in online courses. The training is two hours long and will cover personal and technical skills necessary to succeed in an online environment. There is also an online self-paced version for Canvas student training as well. For more information about trainings, please click here to see the VLIT events calendar.
To access your CANVAS course, you will need an NMSU username and password, which you may obtain by visiting the following Web page and activating your account: http://my.nmsu.edu