Things to consider before taking an online course:
Taking an online course can be a wonderful experience for independent, motivated students. You can read and review material somewhat at your own pace. You can turn in your work via the Internet. But it takes discipline to keep up on your own.
You must have access to the Internet and have good computer skills. You will have to access the D2L website for the course regularly. Most of the coursework will be submitted over the Internet. You will be required to download, open, and send attachments. Not having good, reliable access to the Internet will put you at a huge disadvantage.
Online courses have a high drop rate. Many students mistakenly think the courses will be easier than traditional courses. The workload is the same. However, these courses are more difficult for students who cannot keep up with the work on their own. You must be able to manage the reading and the writing assignments completely on your own. If you can do this, then you will succeed and the experience will be a good one. If you have trouble working independently outside of a traditional classroom, then an online course may not be for you. Also, if you have struggled with writing and/or reading comprehension, an online English composition or literature course might not be the best choice. My online students will come to campus to take 1-2 exams. You will be responsible for signing up for these dates and times yourselves.
Students are encouraged to take the SmarterMeasure Survey to gauge their readiness to take online classes. The web address is here: