On-line courses require more commitment and self-discipline than classroom courses because you must take responsibility for doing the assigned work, getting assignments completed and submitted on time, and being prepared for tests and quizzes. You will need to pace yourself, rather than relying on feedback from the teacher or other students. It is easy to put off your on-line course when you are not required to be in a classroom each week. If you are a self-starter, possess self-discipline, and can work independently on a task until it is complete, then you will be a successful on-line student. The ideal distance learner is able to answer these questions positively:
You should also have easy access to a computer that is connected to the Internet (preferably not dial-up), be able to store information on your hard drive or a storage device, and have the software needed for the course (usually at least a word processor). You should be very comfortable using a computer before taking online courses. You will need to check your KCTCS e-mail several times a week and manage your e-mail account. Many instructors use only e-mail to communicate with their students.
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You interact with your instructor and other students through a course system called Blackboard. You purchase your texts as for any class, but all your class assignments are provided online. You may take your tests online or you may be required to come to campus to take your tests (proctored tests), so read the course section information carefully!
If it is a Henderson Community College online class, you will purchase your texts through HCC's Bookstore. If it is from another college, you will use the Online Class Bookstore.