eLearning Requirements

The question is often asked whether online classes are easier or harder than traditional on-campus classes. The answer really depends on you. Online classes offer a flexible alternative to the traditional on-campus class, but are just as rigorous and require the same time commitment, if not more. We highly recommend that you carefully consider both your technical and learning skills described below, before registering for an online class. In addition, consider that access to a desktop or laptop computer, not just a mobile device, will be required.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Do you need a computer in order to take classes in spring term? Fill out our Technology Loan Request Form to be placed on a wait list for available devices. College staff will reach out to you as devices become available.  

Technical Skills

The skill set needed for online learning includes a lot of basic computer and technology skills that you may already know. Brushing up now on the ones less familiar to you will help make your online experience smoother. Necessary skills can include:

Learning and Digital Information Literacy Skills

Online classes offer a different style of learning than traditional on-campus classes. For some, this new style of learning can be a struggle and for some it can meld with their personal learning style perfectly. It's a good idea to know your learning skills before starting an online class. Skills that make a successful online student include:

What Makes a Successful Online Student?

For more information regarding what a successful online student looks like, check out this great article from the Illinois Online Network.

Online Access

An updated, later-model computer system running Windows or Mac OSX with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser and access to Internet will be required.

Mobile devices can be used for some aspects of online learning, but it’s going to be difficult to do all your work on one. During normal college operations, you can use the college’s on-campus student labs; because of the COVID-19 outbreak, that is not currently an option.

Visit our Technical Requirements page to learn more.