Take the survey to determine if you are prepared with the skills needed to be a successful online student. The survey results will provide you with a detailed and comprehensive analysis of your skill levels and resources to enhance them.
Review the online orientation so you will know what to expect. Learn what it takes to be successful in your internet class. How to find your instructor, where to get help, what to expect, and more.
When you take an online or hybrid class at Mesa Community College, please be aware of the following student expectations:
Be a self-starter: have the maturity and motivation to work independently.
Use time wisely: be organized, be self-directed, and be willing to use new modes of communication and learning.
Be willing to put in the needed time: read the text carefully and actively participate in online class activities.
Check communication frequently, submit all assignments on time, and discuss any concerns and questions with the instructor.
Have regular access to a computer that meets minimum requirements.
Have a back-up plan in case you computer and/or Internet fail at any point. (You can use the computers in either one of the MCC Libraries.)
Have basic computer skills and be able to navigate the Internet (be able to attach documents, download information, perform basic Internet searches, etc.)
Back up your files and keep at least two sets of your work on different drives (e.g. hard drive, portable drive, cloud storage).
Confirm you have your MEID (username)/password and know how to access the online class.
Be sure to log in to your course on the first day of class.
Login to class often: at least 3 times a week for 12-16 week courses and every day for 4-8 week courses.
Read assignment expectations early in case you have questions. If you wait until the last day to ask, the instructor might not get back to you in time before it’s due.
Submit assignments before the deadlines - do not wait until the minute it is due. Technology problems can and will occur.
Read the course syllabus and check for any special instructions from the instructor. Be aware of any instructor expectations.
Tour the online class to become familiar with where to find assignments and activities.
Follow the assignments and associated deadlines as identified on the syllabus and/or special course instructions.
If you have a question or concern, contact the instructor through established course communication -- Instructor response times vary.
Note: Online courses may be more time consuming than traditional courses. Online courses typically require much more reading and writing than traditional classes.
*Please note that taking an online or hybrid class using only a phone or tablet is highly discouraged.
Capable of internet browsing
Email and word processing capabilities (Google Drive and Office 365 are both free to MCC students)
Word processor compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Additional media players may be required by instructors
Check the syllabus for additional online platform requirements such as MyLabs, SNAP, etc...
Allow pop-up windows from all mesacc.edu sites
Allow cookies from all mesacc.edu sites
Java Runtime Environment installed
Ability to download and install files from the Internet.
Knowledge in navigating the Internet.
Proficient in use of search engines for research.
Ability to send and receive email with attachments.
File management skills: copy files from a flash drive or the Internet to a specific directory on the hard drive.
Word processing skills such as: how to create files, open files, save files, print files, rename files, and edit documents.
Ability to cut and paste information from one document/program to another.
If you need to upgrade your computer skills, please consider taking one of the introductory computer courses offered at MCC.
Students taking an online or hybrid class will log in as requested by the instructor. Students should be aware that instructors may administratively withdraw a student for non-attendance or impose other consequences for failure to meet this login requirement. Instructors may also impose additional login requirements.
Students taking an online or hybrid class for the first time should complete the following online preparatory tools: readiness assessment “Smartermeasure,” MCC eLearning/Online Orientation and the Canvas tutorial before the start of the class to confirm the necessary computer skills, familiarity with essential online or hybrid class functions, and awareness of strategies for online or hybrid student success.
Notice to Federal Financial Aid Recipients: As of July 2011, to comply with new requirements for students receiving federal financial aid, students must check into the class within the first two days of class. Additionally, they must engage in at least one substantial activity (e.g., sending a course communication to the instructor, participating in a discussion and/or completing a quiz) each week of the class. This minimum level of participation only satisfies the federal regulation and does not supersede the additional requirements that may be set by the instructor of the course.
Your official Maricopa email is available at google.maricopa.edu
Visit https://learn.maricopa.edu to login to Canvas.
Note: Some instructors do not upload the class until the first day. If your class is not shown by this time, please contact the instructor and/or department.
Online Learning students must stay in close contact with their instructor throughout their class session. To locate your instructor, or other College staff, enter their last name in the search box of the Contacts Tool.
You may also search by department name, i.e., Life Science. If you are unable to locate your instructor, please contact the Department's Chair using the information located on the Department Listing page.
*Employees who do not appear in the MCC Contact Tool may be new (less than 30 days) or have not updated their personal information.
Please contact the HelpCenter if you continue to experience difficulties. Your input is appreciated!
Canvas is MCC's course management system and your online classroom door (gateway). While most instructors use Canvas to present their class content and instruct, others will use it only to post a message about the directions to the class location. All online students should go to Canvas to find their class.
Use the eFollet bookstore online or in-person.
Free tutoring and research help is available.
In the virtual classroom, communication is often written, so it is critical that students feel comfortable in expressing themselves in writing. Many students have limited writing abilities, which should be addressed before they begin their eLearning experience. This may require efforts on the part of the student to connect with services that will enhance their writing skills. Not only is online tutoring available, but students can get assistance through the Writing Center.
With the freedom and flexibility of the internet environment comes responsibility. The eLearning process takes real commitment and discipline to keep up with the flow of the learning process and the demands of the class schedule.
Often the eLearning process is accelerated and requires a substantial time commitment. Staying up with the class and completing all work on time is vital. Once a student gets behind, it is almost impossible to catch up.
If you were thinking you can't ask questions because your instructor can't see you raise your hand, think again. Asking questions and making sure you understand what is expected when you are in an internet class is even more important than when you are taking traditional classes. Don't be afraid to email or instant message your instructor when you are confused or uncertain. He or she is there to help you be successful. If you are having technology issues or can't reach your instructor, contact the HelpCenter immediately.
Time management and getting organized will be important to your success. You will need a calendar system that works for you. Due dates should be expected. Often instructors will impose penalties for late work or no credit is given for late assignments. Many students find it helpful to create their own schedule each work where they can commit time to working on the class. A quiet, designated work space is also recommended.
"My words of wisdom are to dedicate at least 3-4 hours (per internet class) everyday to studying and working on your assignments. Tell everyone in your life of the time you are dedicating to your classes so they know not to distract you and why you are not communicating as often with them….. I can assure you, you will be proud that you gave the time to accomplish your goals. Besides, it will be one more experience to share with everyone once you are done! "
I am an experienced online student, as school is not near my house, and my schedule for work sometimes results in times I can't be in a classroom. Definitely pay attention to due dates, and keep track of the discussions. If you have a cell phone or a regular paper calendar, I suggest putting in the due dates so you can keep track. It's an easy way to help you with your online class."
"I am definitely an experienced online student. I have previously taken eight other online courses and am in the process of taking two more. For me, online classes are a lot easier because there is more work and interaction verses the large classes I have taken in the past (with 300-400 students in the class) where you only take exams. Students taking online classes need to have a lot of discipline, organization, and determination. As an experienced online student, I would recommend checking into the class website various times a day to keep updated with all of the work and communication with other students and the teacher….."
"One piece of advice I would like to give the students that are new to online classes is that there is a lot of work. You need to use calendars to plot out assignment due dates and write on the calendar when you will actually do the work. Just simply telling yourself that an assignment is do in a week will not help. With classes that you physically have to show up, teachers typically remind you that things are due the next class period. With online class you don’t have that luxury. "
"As an experienced online student, stay focused and stay positive. If you say you can, you can. To be successful in an online class, you need to make sure you have good time management. It's better to get assignments done ahead of time, rather than days before the due date. I've learned this from experience. Make sure you stay in communication with your instructor if you have questions or concerns. Last but not least, do your work completely."
"My words of advice are to always check when you have something due and to write it down in a well organized agenda of some kind…..1: Don’t put things off just because you can. 2: Turn off the video games. 3: Allot a set time each day, or every other day, to attend class."
"ORGANIZATION!! You need to know when assignments are due and you need to put yourself on a schedule and stick to it! It can be challenging, but not impossible to get the required work done in time. This means cutting into your personal time- and if you're like me and are working full time then it gets to be even more of a challenge. Read your materials on breaks and lunches and you might even post on your FB wall that you are not ignoring everyone--you are just looking out for your own future. Your true friends will understand."
"This is only the second online class I've taken and the first time I've taken two online classes at one time. My advice to others would be to keep on track. Do not allow yourselves to get behind or feel that you can do it later because you're not in class."
"I am fairly new to the online classes. I did one last semester and enjoyed it. What I recommend is to take your time. Print out the syllabus and never be afraid to ask questions. Stay in touch with your peers and instructor. One last thing, it is not for everyone, so be true to yourself. If you find it hard to focus then maybe a classroom is better."
"I think the biggest thing to avoid is waiting until the last minute to do your assignments. Follow the course outlines and due dates and allow plenty of time to complete the class lectures. Once you fall behind it is very difficult to come back."
"Always make sure you keep in contact with your teacher if there is anything that happens to come up along the way."
"I prefer to do things more last minute, but I check the class almost daily to ensure I know when the due dates are. Then I set a block of time to finish each assignment."
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