Last updated 3-29-2011
Black Hawk College’s Orientation to Online Learning is designed for students that are new to online learning. This orientation will help you become acquainted with online learning and what you need to know to be successful at it. Orientation to Online Learning consists of four learning modules. We recommend you start with the Online Learning Intro, and then move to the other three in whatever order you wish.
Module 1: Introduction
Is online learning right for me?
Online learning is attractive because it offers more flexibility in one’s schedule, but is it right for you? Find out in this module what to expect, common misconceptions, and what skills you will need to be successful. Your decision about whether to enroll in an online course will be better informed with this information. When you have finished the other modules, feel free to ask any additional questions you may have! Click here to begin this module.
Module II: Getting Started
How do I get ready to take an online course?
Getting ready to take an online course involves more than just signing up! Let’s take a look at other tasks you’ll want to do before your course begins; for example, ordering textbooks, checking to make sure your computer is ready, locating your course Web site, etc. Click here to begin this module.
Module III: Course Management Systems (CMS)
What does an online course look like and how does it work?
Online courses at Black Hawk College use a Course Management System (CMS) to house your online course and provide a place for you to interact with your instructor and other students. This module will introduce you to common elements of an online course site and how to use them, so that you won’t get lost once the course begins.
Module IV: Online Learning Tips
What success strategies can I use for online learning?
Online learning has been around for awhile…what can you learn from successful online students who have gone before you? Why reinvent the wheel? This module will reveal effective and not-so-obvious success strategies that are often different from those you may have used in the face-to-face classroom.