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.
If you have already taken an eLearning class at MCC, don't assume that all other internet or hybrid classes will use the same course management system and learning processes. MCC's eLearning classes reflect the college's commitment to innovation and creativity. Thus, you must be prepared to adapt to the course management and software requirements of individual instructors.
Often the perception of the eLearning commitment and requirements is unrealistic! Students tend to believe that it will be easier, involve less time and that little structure exists. This is not true!! Because the requirements for self-discipline, persistence, and patience can be intensified, eLearning classes can be more challenging than traditional classroom-based classes. Complete the eLearning orientation for an overview of what to expect. Outlined below are a few common beliefs, countered by the reality of an internet class:
To successfully complete MCC's eLearning courses, you will need some basic computer skills. You also need access to a computer and a reliable internet service. Dial up is not recommended. Skills that you probably need to have — or be willing to learn quickly — are listed below. You will also find the minimum hardware requirements needed to take these classes. Additional skills and requirements might vary by instructor.
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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