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Deciding to Take an Online Course

If you are considering enrolling in a Blackboard course, there are several important factors to consider. First and foremost, do you have access to the required technology and do you have enough computer experience to be able to use the equipment and software? Other questions you need to ask yourself include the following:

  • Are you able to follow a written set of instructions?
  • Do you enjoy reading, writing, and researching information on your own?
  • Do you feel comfortable contacting the professor and/or the technical support staff when you have questions or problems?
  • Will you be able to devote blocks of your time during the week to the course?
  • Will you be able to motivate yourself to complete readings and assignments on schedule without the structure of a traditional classroom or the presence of the instructor?

If you answered "No" to any of these questions, then an online course may not be right for you.

Online Courses can offer flexibility and convenience; however, you should expect to put at least as much time and effort into an online course as you would a traditional classroom course. If you are still unsure about whether an online course is right for you, contact the professor of the course you are considering.

If you are considering taking an online course using public computer equipment--for example, in a public library--you may have a hard time getting enough access time to get your course work done. The supply of computers with internet access in public libraries is often far less than the demand. Please check the situation at your local library before deciding to take an online course.

Blackboard Training & Resources

The Office of Online Learning maintains a web page devoted to providing Winthrop University students with Blackboard Training and Resources. This page covers many important features of the Blackboard Learn software, including how to get started using Blackboard, how to complete a variety of activities, and how to maintain your Blackboard account. Visit the Student Training & Resources page to take advantage of this service.

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