Getting Started

Is e-Learning for me?

Taking this quiz will help you gauge if online learning is for you. At the end of the quiz add up how many times you say “YES” to the statements below.

General Computer Skills Checklist

File Management Skills

Word Processing Skills

Blackboard Skills

Attitude/ Learning Skills

Online Learning Checklist Results

20-24 Yeses: Tech-Savvy Student! e-Learning could be a great opportunity for you!

12-19 Yeses: Almost there! You may want to check out our tutorials at How-tos before committing to online classes. There are dozens of online tutorials that can help you become a successful e-learning student in the near future.

11 or fewer YesesMaybe online learning isn’t for you…yet!  It’s never too late to start learning useful and necessary online skills that will help you succeed in college and beyond. Check out what computer education ITSD has to offer.

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1. Set goals and make a schedule. E-learning allows students more freedom and flexibility to learn the material wherever. However, you need to manage your time properly in order to succeed in an online classroom. Establish a regular homework/studying schedule that fits your learning style and time constraints. Make sure you have weekly goals—like reading a certain number of chapters a week—to keep yourself on track. 

2. Read everything. Almost all classroom information will come to you in the form of words. Make sure you read the syllabus and instructions carefully so you know what to expect.

3. Ask questions. Even after carefully reading the instructions, you may still have questions. Don’t be afraid to contact your online instructor. It is easy to get lost in an online course if you hesitate to ask important questions.

4. Mind your netiquette. Make your presence known to your instructor and classmates in an appropriate and classy web way. This may mean participating in online discussions, posting comments and blogs on your classroom site, and actively emailing your instructor and classmates. Click here for a full list of netiquette reminders.

5. Proofread! In an online course, your words heavily reflect what kind of student you are since it is your main form (sometimes only form) of communication. Make sure you spell-check and proofread your work before posting it online.

6. Form an online study group or make an online study-buddy. Just because you may not have face-to-face interaction with your fellow classmates doesn’t mean you have to be strangers. Forming a study group or at least getting to know a couple classmates may enhance your learning experience. Try sharing ideas and talking about class readings with other students online through Skype, chatrooms, etc.

7. Know the rules. The rules for plagiarism, cheating, and other violations are still the same online. Be sure you read and understand UNCW’s code of student life.   

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