Online Learning Readiness Assessment
Being motivated to succeed and being able to work independently are important traits for online learning environment.
Online learning will require an ability to self-motivate and work independently. If you do not possess these skills, online learning could be challenging for you.
That is great. Being able to self-discipline and manage your time to meet the goals and deadlines is critical skill for successful online learning.
Using tools such as a calendar on your cell phone is a good way to start managing your time to meet the goals and deadlines.
This is very helpful for your successful participation in online classes. Typically, online classes will take more time commitment to complete the course work than traditional face-to-face classes.
Many students misunderstand that online classes are easier than the face-to-face classes. Since you will not be spending time in a classroom, you are expected to dedicate even more hours to work on the course work.
Great. You may face some challenges in online learning environment. Being able to stay focused on your goal and solve the issues is critical for your success.
Many people chose online classes because of other commitments in your life. Your work, family matters or even technical issues may become obstacles for your learning. If you feel that you would give up easily, a face-to-face class format may be better fit for you.
That is good. Your skill to read the instructions thoroughly and to communicate with your instructor/peer students in written form will help your success in online learning.
Because the much of information will be presented in written form and you will be required to communicate through email or in Canvas, it is important to develop good reading and writing skills.
Good! In some courses, students will not be able to complete all of the assignments and activities using a mobile device.
Having a computer you can use for course work on regular basis is critical for online learning. Whether it is your own computer, or at work, or a public computer (library, etc.), be sure the computer has the proper operating system installed for online learning. COCC Barber Library also offers free equipment checkout. Chrome book or any other mobile device may not be sufficient to complete all of the required course work.
Great! Having a reliable high-speed internet access from your computer will make your learning experience much more enjoyable.
Having access to the internet is a critical for online learning whether it is from your home or other locations. COCC Barber Library has some hotspots available for free checkout.
That is good. Many online classes require students to search information on the internet.
Ability to use appropriate internet browser to find the information properly is very important skill to have for online learning. If you are not comfortable yet, we recommend you to take CIS 70: Introduction to Computers class to develop the skill before taking an online class.
Great! Read the information on COCC website to further your knowledge.
You will need Bobcat Web Account to complete many processes such as registering for classes, finding assigned advisor, paying tuitions and viewing final grades. Read the information on COCC website to familiarize yourself with Bobcat Web Account.
Being able to communicate effectively by email is an important skill for your success in online learning.
Using your COCC email account to communicate in online learning environment is one of the vital skills you must have. Our drop-in computer lab attendants are available to help you learn how to use Office 365 accounts on-campus, by phone or by email. (Contact: email@example.com)
Great. You may have used Canvas in the past. Login to your Canvas account and start the student training module to further your knowledge.
That is OK, but most of the online classes at COCC requires students to use Canvas. The Orientation for Online Classes at COCC will help you experience what it is like to take a class in Blackboard. Also self-paced student training module is available once you login to your Canvas account.
That is great. Be sure to have the appropriate version of the Office Suite for your online class. Need to update? You can download the latest version for FREE from your COCC Office 365 account. Read the instructions on how to access and install Office 2016 from Office 365.
Don’t worry! You can download the latest version for FREE from your COCC Office 365 account. Read the instructions on how to access and install Office 2016 from Office 365.
Good! Knowing how to use MS Word will help you complete required assignments and activities.
Ability to use a word-processing software (Microsoft Office Word) is very important skill to have for online learning at COCC. If you are not comfortable yet, we recommend you to take CIS 70: Introduction to Computers class to develop the skill before taking an online class.
It is a basic yet important skill to manage your files on your computer.
You are expected to save all of your assignments and submit them by attaching to Blackboard or email. Without the basic skills of saving a file and finding it on your computer, online learning could be very challenging for you. We recommend you to take CIS 70: Introduction to Computers class to learn the basic file management before taking an online class.
These skills will help you focus on course work.
Some of the online classes require students to download software on your own. There are many “how-to” guides available on the product websites or on the internet that will help you become more comfortable doing on your own.
That is great! Your instructor and other departments at COCC are here to support you.
Being away from campus does not mean you need to deal with all of the problems on your own. Reach out to your instructor and/or other departments at COCC. We are here to support you.