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eLearning: Are you ready for online classes?

SKILLS FOR SUCCESS

TAKE THE SURVEY: Are online classes for me?

Assess Your Readiness for eLearning

Most students find online courses to be convenient, and a lot of work. Add up all of the time you spend on work, family obligations, shopping, cooking, sleeping, etc. and note the amount of time you have left. Be honest with yourself - do you really have time to take a course? If so, plan specific times and places you will work on the course without distractions.

Read All Course Information

Though online courses often include audio and video, they are very text and writing intensive. Read through all course requirements, policies, and procedures carefully. If something is not clear to you, ask your instructor as soon as possible.

Pay Close Attention to the Course Calendar

Study the course calendar and note the due dates. It is a misconception that online classes are completely self-paced. Class discussion needs to occur during a frame of time - usually one to two weeks. Assignments will need to be completed by their due dates. To be successful, schedule specific days/times you will work on the course on your calendar.

Get to Know Your Classmates

Most online courses have an area for course introductions. In addition to posting yours, read others’ introductions. Reach out to others in the course to help build a working relationship.

Technology Skills

To be successful while taking online courses, you must be able to:

  • Send and receive email with attachments
  • Download files, programs and plug-ins
  • Install programs and plug-ins
  • Use Internet browsers, word processing applications (Word, Pages or Open Office) and media players to navigate and interact in the online environment

Minimum Hardware & Software Requirements

You will need:

  • access to a Macintosh with OS X 10.10 or higher or a Windows 7, 64-bit or newer computer with hard drive space and minimum of 4GB RAM.
  • high-speed Internet access (DSL or cable).
  • a web browser (Firefox is recommended for Moodle).
  • applications that allow you to view, create, edit and save documents (Word, Pages, Google Docs, Excel, Acrobat Reader, or other).

You may need:

  • a webcam, headset with microphone, digital camera, smartphone or tablet).

For specific questions about the technical suitability of your equipment for taking online courses, contact the HSU Help Desk: 707-826-4357 or e-mail

Apple iPad and Macbook Air

Minimum hardware & software requirements

You will need:

  • access to a Macintosh with OS X 10.10 or higher or a Windows 7, 64-bit
    or newer computer with hard drive space and minimum of 4GB RAM.
  • High-speed Internet access (DSL or cable).
  • a web browser (Firefox is recommended for Moodle).
  • Applications that allow you to view, create, edit and save documents (Word, Pages, Google Docs, Excel, Acrobat Reader, or other).

You may need:

  • a webcam, headset with microphone, digital camera, smartphone or tablet)

    For specific questions about the technical suitability of your equipment for taking online courses, contact the HSU Help Desk: 707-826-4357 or e-mail.