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Tips for Success

To increase your chances for success in Distance Learning courses, please remember the following:

  1. Acquaint yourself with the eCampus system. This is your 'classroom', where all communications will occur and where you will turn in your assignments. Be sure you are comfortable moving around in the interface.

  2. Make sure you have access to the hardware and software required for the course. If you do not have access to the tools needed to succeed in the class, you will find it difficult to keep up with the course readings and assignments. The Multimedia Learning Center Lab is available for your use during specific days/times, however, it may not be open during the time you have designated to work on your assignments.

  3. Be sure you meet the academic requirements and prerequisites for the online course(s) you are considering. If you do not have the foundations needed, you may struggle to succeed in the course(s).

  4. Take the self-assessment and technical savvy tests to determine your aptitude for Distance Learning.

  5. If you plan on pursuing a Multimedia degree or certificate, talk to a college advisor to chart your academic program. You will also need to apply for a degree plan during your first semester so you can track what courses you still need for your degree as well as seeing what courses from other schools transferred into your degree plan.

  6. Acquaint yourself with the instructor's delivery method of your chosen course(s).

  7. Read the course syllabus and any other information about the course. If you still have questions, make a list and email them to your instructor.

  8. Follow your instructor’s ground-rules for communications, and do not hesitate to seek further assistance and clarifications.

  9. Follow your instructor’s guidelines and timelines for submission of assignments, testing, etc. Although the course is taught online, most instructors have specific deadlines for assignments during the semester. You cannot wait until the end of the semester to try and do all the work.

  10. Take advantage of the support services at your campus. The Multimedia Learning Center Lab is available for all currently enrolled Multimedia students to use for their projects. The lab staff includes both full-time and part-time faculty, student assistants who know the software and full-time technical staff. All are available during lab hours to assist you. Please note, however, tutoring is not available in the lab. If you are having difficulty with part of a course assignment, contact your instructor.

  11. Most importantly: Set aside regular times to study and to work on your assignments and adhere to them, keep on schedule with all your course-work, and never procrastinate.