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Online Study Overview

This brief introduction to eLearning at Edmonds Community College will help you decide and prepare to take online classes.

Qualities of a successful online student

Students who are successful in the online environment are committed to their studies. Online classes do offer convenience and flexibility but they can be more demanding of time and energy than regular classes.

Online students need to:

Computer & Connection Requirements

To be successful as a Edmonds Community College Online student, it is important to have a computer system that can adequately support you in the tasks that you need to accomplish. You'll need to have access to a computer system that meets the minimum Edmonds Community College Technical Requirements.

You will need to have a reliable connection to the Internet. Dial-up connections will be much slower than broadband, but adequate for most online courses. Broadband connections are encouraged for courses using real-time chat and collaboration tools. Review the course syllabus for specific requirements. You can set up a connection to the Internet by signing up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). There are many different ISPs available to choose from. Your local phone or cable company may offer Internet access.

You will need to have an e-mail account. Most ISPs will provide you with an e-mail account as part of their Internet access package. If you are not sure if you have e-mail, check with your ISP. You can also use free e-mail services such as Yahoo! mail and Hotmail.

Basic Computer Skills

Online learning challenges some students without strong computer skills or with computer equipment that is not working properly. Here are some preliminary questions to ask yourself to see if you need to brush up on your skills.

If you hesitated to answer YES to any of the questions above, you may find the eLearning environment more challenging. Select a link above to see a short tutorial or visit a campus computer lab to practice the skills mentioned above.

eLearning Access

Currently, the college uses both Canvas course management systems, a type of software that allows instructors to easily put course information online. Each course receives its own web site which is password-protected, and only students that are registered in the course have access to the course content. Each course has its own Discussion Board, Virtual Classroom (chat room), a Digital Drop-Box, Course Material, and online quizzes and tests.

All students have an account created for them automatically, within 24 hours of registration. View the Login Instructions to determine your eLearning username and password. This account gives you access to your online classrooms. Links to online classrooms will only appear if the instructor has made the classroom available and intends to use the online tools.