What You Need to Succeed

Students taking online classes have a greater responsibility for their own success than students in traditional classroom settings. A successful online learner is one who…

  • Is self-motivated to log in regularly, find details about assignments, and seek out help when needed.
  • Is self-disciplined and able to work on a flexible schedule without getting behind. 
  • Can dedicate enough time to each course. Online classes require at least as much time as traditional classes, and often more. A typical 3-credit online course can easily require 9-12 hours per week.
  • Is good at reading and writing. Online classes require more reading and writing than traditional, on-campus classes.
  • Has good computer skills. You must be comfortable sending and receiving e-mail, navigating web pages, and using computer software, such as word processors.
  • Has convenient, dependable access to a computer that meets the technical requirements listed below.

What computer hardware and software do I need to take an online course?
Successful online students have the following:

In addition to the above, the following online courses require special software or equipment:

To take this class online… You must have access to this exact software or equipment…
CIS 110 Microsoft Office 2016 Professional or Office 365
including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access*
CIS 113 Microsoft Office 2016 Professional or Office 365
including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access*
CTR 115-420 High-speed Internet access (minimum 1 Mbps); and a Webcam
CTR 120-420 High-speed Internet access (minimum 1 Mbps); and a Webcam
CTR 130-420 High-speed Internet access (minimum 1 Mbps); and a Webcam
CTR 220-420 High-speed Internet access (minimum 1 Mbps); and a Webcam
CTS 130 Microsoft Excel 2016 or Office 365
DBA 110 Microsoft Access 2016* or Office 365 for Windows
FRE 111 A working headset with a microphone attached.
GER 111 A working headset with a microphone attached.
OST 136 Microsoft Word 2016 or Office 365
OST 138 Microsoft Office 2016 Professional or Office 365
including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access*
SPA 111 A working headset with a microphone attached.
SPA 112 A working headset with a microphone attached.
SPA 212 A working headset with a microphone attached.
SPA 231 A working headset with a microphone attached.

*Microsoft Access is a Windows-only application and is not available for Mac OS.

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