Students

Am I prepared for online learning?

Successful online learning requires good time management and study skills as well as reliable computer and internet access. Plan for the time you need and assess your study skills with the link below.  Have a “Plan B” if your computer or internet access fails.

Do I have the time for online learning?

Online and hybrid classes take as much time, if not more time, than the same class in-person.  The number of credit hours you earn by successfully completing a class helps you determine how much time you should be spending on the class.  In an in-person class, for every 1 hour you spend in the classroom, you should plan for 2-3 hours of work outside of the classroom.  Here is a breakdown of time for a typical 3 Credit Hour class:

  • In-Person: 3 hours in the classroom + 6-9 hours of homework/study = 9-12 hours per week for each in-person 3 credit hour class
  • In-Person/Online (Hybrid): normally 3 hours in the classroom but reduced due to the hybrid delivery + whatever the in-class reduction is made up by active online learning + 6-9 hours of homework/study = 9-12 hours per week for each hybrid 3 credit hour class, with more or less time as needed for mastering the online learning environment
  • Online: 3 hours of active online learning (lessons, quizzes, tests, discussions, simulations, research, etc.) + 6-9 hours of homework/study = 9-12 hours per week for each online 3 credit hour class, with more or less time as needed for mastering the online learning environment

By not actively participating in and completing assignments for an online class or hybrid class, you run the risk of being dropped from the course within the first week or at mid-point.  Be sure to thoroughly review the course syllabus and know the course participation requirements.

If you are taking a class in a shorter duration, the content is the SAME but in a SHORTER term!  A normal semester is 16 weeks.  If you take a 12-week or 8-week class, the amount of work per week is increased, even doubled, to fit the shorter duration of the class.

Do I have the study skills necessary?

Take the Study Skills Assessment
Check Communication, Time, Motivation, and Technical factors

Do I have the computer, software, and internet access needed for the class?

You must have access to a computer and a “Plan B” if your primary computer fails.  If you do not own a computer your primary computer fails, you may use computers on ICC campuses.

You must have a reliable internet connection and may need high-speed access for some content delivered in online classes.

You will need an internet browser.  ICC recommends using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.  You will also likely need access to a word processor like Google Docs or Microsoft Word.  Your class may also require specific websites, plug-in’s, or software. Consult the class syllabus or the instructor for more information.

You may not be able to complete an entire online class on your smart phone or tablet!  While Blackboard offers an app, the app does not offer the full system functionality.  You may also find system functions are limited on a tablet’s browser.  Use a computer or laptop with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to access Blackboard and complete your online class.