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.
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.
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.
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.
Ohio Learning Network E 4 ME
Before you get started, we strongly recommend E 4 ME. The Ohio Learning Network provides an introductory online learning course called E 4 ME. In one month you learn how to become a successful online student, determine your technical and online skill levels, and find help determining the best program for your needs.
Equipment and Software Needs
In order to participate in a CCU online course, you will need to be able to do the following:
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.
If you have any technical problems, contact the CCU IT Helpdesk as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-244-8647. They are open Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM.