Resources for Students

Resources for Students

Basic computer skills a student needs to participate in online learning

  • Find your way around websites with ease.
  • Remember your username and password.
  • Manage an email account - login, open your email, respond, delete, forward etc.
  • Create text documents, attaching them to emails or uploading them to websites.
  • View PDFs, watch videos, listen to mp3s.
  • Chat online.
  • Participate in discussion board

Know the difference between face-to-face and online learning

  • You may think that online courses are easier than face-to-face courses. Not exactly. In fact, they can be more strenuous (and rewarding).
  • The key to a successful experience is discipline. You are the only person in charge of your success.
  • Procrastination is your enemy. Set deadlines and designate time every day to work (or brush up) on your studies.
  • You will have the greatest chance at success if you are able to reliably set aside two to three hours of quality studying time per credit hour, per week. For just one 3-credit hour course, you should be spending around 6 to 9 hours a week on your coursework. Some students may require less, some may need more. Ultimately, it’s up to you to be diligent about this and to recognize if you need to study more (or differently).

Be ready to ask for help

  • Just because you’re taking an online course doesn’t mean you’re in it alone.
  • At the very least you can email your instructor as often as it takes to work through an issue.
  • Take advantage of your instructor’s office hours (physical or virtual).
  • Reach out to other students for help.
  • You may contact the Center for Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0302984005 if you have questions about how your online course works.
  • If you’re having computer-related problems, contact ITSS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • There are many people willing to help you succeed, but it’s up to you to reach out.