Office of e-Learning

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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

  • I am able to turn on and shut down the computer appropriately
  • I am familiar with the basic parts and concepts of a computer system (hard drive, RAM)
  • I am able to use the Help menu in order to find answers to my questions
  • I understand the difference between file types (doc., gif, html, ppt, mp3, rm)
  • I understand the difference between hiding/closing/minimizing and quitting a program
  • I am able to use the mouse right-click menu functions

File Management Skills

  • I am able to navigate through files and directories (like using Windows Explorer)
  • I am able to organize, copy, and paste files
  • I am able to move unwanted files into the recycle bin and delete them permanently from my hard drive

Word Processing Skills

  • I am able to edit, cut, copy, paste a block of text or selected objects
  • I am able to use the undo/redo functions
  • I am able to save, print, and preview documents
  • I am able to select and change fonts sizes, types, and styles
  • I am able to create itemized lists (bullets, numbered lists)

Blackboard Skills

  • I am able to log in and log out of Blackboard
  • I am able to access, read, reply and attach files to messages in the Discussion Board
  • I am able to send emails and attach files to emails in Blackboard
  • My computer meets UNCW technical requirements

Attitude/ Learning Skills

  • I enjoy exploring new things
  • I am not afraid to ask questions
  • I enjoy working independently
  • I can make 10 - 15 hours (on average) available for study each week
  • I am NOT considering an online course because I think the work will be easier than in a "real" class
  • I think going to class in my pajamas sounds like fun!

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 Yeses: Maybe 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.

7 Tips for e-Learning Students

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.

Library and Textbooks

William Randall Library

  • Randall Library has recently improved the login process for accessing your Library Account and library resources from off-campus.
  • Support for Distance Learners
  • Online Library Tutorials - Provide information on using library catalog, research data bases, and how to use the library website

    Here are two easy ways you can order your textbooks:

    • Go to and click the Textbooks link, then enter your class schedule.
    • Logon to SeaNet at, click Student Services and Financial Aid, then select Registration and choose "View Your Booklist" to see all of the required textbooks for your classes.

    These are your options:

    • Rental Books: Offer the largest savings, save 50% off new book prices. By paying a small rental fee upfront, you have a physical book for the entire semester - highlighting & note taking is allowed. Books are due back after your final is over.
      • Free UPS shipping labels are available online for book returns
    • Used Books: Save 25% off of new book prices. This option is great if you prefer to keep your books for your personal library or if you are taking a course that continues over two semesters.
    • eTextbooks: will save you up to 60% off the new book price. No special devices needed. E-books are compatible with both PCs and Macs and will work on desktops and laptops. Take advantage of the NOOK Study application, allowing you to easily highlight, make notes & bookmark important pages in the eTextbook.

NOTE: You can use coupon code FSIFC during checkout to get free UPS ground shipping on your orders from our bookstore website. The book orders will ship directly to your home for free. Please note that the code must be entered in all caps.

Terms and Definitions

Online Courses - Typically have no on-campus meetings, and may be taken from remote locations.These courses are identified in the Instructional Method field of SeaNet as Internet or web-based.

Fully Online Courses - May have a synchronous component which requires students to be online or meet in a virtual classroom at specified dates and times. Contact instructors for more detail regarding each course.

Blended Courses - (also called hybrid courses) have an on-campus component, but meet for fewer hours face-to-face. A significant portion (at least 1/3) of the instruction and assessment in a blended course occurs online. These courses are identified in the Instructional Method field of SeaNet as Web-based w/ class meetings.Blended courses may also have a synchronous component which requires students to be online at specified dates and times.