eLearn Requirements

Are You Ready?

Online learning provides a great educational tool for some, but it is not for everyone. Many online programs report that half of their enrollees never complete a course. Before enrolling, here are some factors to consider.

Your Motivation

Online courses are not “easier” than in-class courses, when they are done right. Be prepared for as much if not more work on your part. What you learn will depend upon the energy and effort you bring to the learning activities and to the online interaction with the instructor and your fellow students.

Your Time

Online courses should require as many hours of work as an in-class course. A three credit hour course will require between nine to twelve hours each week to complete. Make sure you will be able to put in the necessary time.

Your Discipline

Because of the above factors, online courses often require more personal discipline than their in-class versions. You will need to establish and maintain your own routine to ensure that you complete learning activities and assignments by the course due dates.

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Equipment and Software Needs

In order to participate in a CCU online course, you will need to be able to do the following:

  • send and receive emails
  • send emails with attachments
  • navigate a web browser to the Moodle site and then successfully login (using your student ID number and CampusWeb password)
  • navigate to your course site in Moodle and particiapte in required activities (may include discussion forums, post assignments, quizzes)
  • open and view any media resources required for a course (CD/DVD or Internet)

CCU eLearn courses have been designed to work on minimal configuration Windows PCs and also Macintosh computers. Some courses use resources from other producers that are not Mac compatible (e.g. Survey of Church History). Our IT Helpdesk will help students resolve issues with their systems, but cannot extensively support products from other sources.

The Moodle learning environment requires a web Browser and works best with either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox. Certain Moodle functions (like testing and security features) will not work on Safari or Google Chrome, so make sure that you have a compatible browser. The IT Support site provides links to these.

  • You must have an Internet account and at least a modem capable of 56K. A broadband internet connection will provide much faster and more reliable experience.
  • Your computer must have a CD/DVD player for multimedia materials.
  • You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, from the Adobe web site in order to view Adobe PDF documents. These are commonly used in online environments.
  • You must have a word processor in order to submit required written assignments. Your computer likely has some software already installed like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Works, Word Perfect, or Star Office. CCU uses Microsoft Office products, so if you use something other than Word, consult with your instructor as to how to submit assignments. Most word processors have a Rich Text Format (RTF) option that lets you send in a format that any word processor can read. Open Office is a free MS Office-compatible package that you can download and install.
  • Some courses will require you to have a media player like Real Player, Quicktime, Windows Media Player, or Flash player. These players are readily available on the internet and if you need help installing them IT staff will be glad to assist you.
  • Some online courses with specific technology requirements will request you to complete a set of technological preparation tasks before the start of the course. You will be provided with clear instructions and given ample time to carry out the setup and verification of your ability to use the course technology. This will ensure that you don’t get started and then face insurmountable technology problems. But don’t panic! We try very hard to make this experience as pleasant as possible for even computer novices.

If you have any technical problems, contact the CCU IT Helpdesk as soon as possible: helpdesk@ccuniversity.edu, 513-244-8647. They are open Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM.