For the Potential Student
Being an Online Degree student means:
- You will check your email daily for messages from your instructors and classmates.
- You will let your instructors know immediately if you are experiencing any problems or have questions. We can't tell if you don't understand something if you do not let us know.
- You may have to load software required by your instructors.
- You will read and write more than a student taking face-to-face courses. You should have confidence in your reading and writing abilities.
- You must know how to schedule your time wisely. Most online students schedule their online class time in their calendars. Please note that online courses have WEEKLY deadlines. They are not self-paced and often require interaction with classmates.
- You understand the meaning of terms like email, discussion boards, Instant Messenger and podcasts.
What Equipment You Will Need
Successful online students rely heavily on their computers to complete their coursework. Please consider the following computer requirements before pursuing this degree.
You should own your computer rather than use someone else's computer to complete this degree. Plan to be on your computer at least 20 hours a week throughout the program.
Your computer should be in good working order. Online instructors do not give extensions for work that is not completed because your computer is not working. It is your responsibility to make sure it's working before you begin the program.
Some courses require a microphone so that you can talk to your instructors and classmates. This can be either a microphone built into your computer or an external microphone or headset.
You need a strong Internet connection. Plan to download attachments, listen to sound files, stream video and have conversations over your computer. Your Internet connection should allow you to do these things with ease.
You should have MS Word on your computer, and we strongly recommend Excel and PowerPoint as well. Online instructors accept written assignments as Word documents, text files or PDF files. You will need Microsoft Office 2007 or later and a computer with a Windows operating system, or access to one, to complete a program.
COMPUTER SKILLS NEEDED
You must know computer and Internet basics to be successful in a course using computers and Internet technology.
Students must be computer literate, which means:
- able to send email.
- attach, create, modify, and save electronic documents.
- upload/download files.
- know how to use a Web browser.
- navigate the Internet.
- able to understand and modify their own browser settings relating to security, pop-ups, and firewall settings.
To see if computer-based learning is for you, take a readiness assessment. The resources below can help you improve your computer skills:
• net.TUTOR: Interactive tutorials from the Ohio State University Libraries
• Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101: On-line tutorials with graphics and animations
• Video Professor: Training on software for personal computers using "What-You-See-Is-What-You-Do" teaching method