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Is Online Learning Right for Me?

 

Most students who do well in a traditional classroom will also do well in the online environment. That said, computer and study skills are clearly important in successful online learning.

Computer Skills

Do you feel at home on the Internet? If you can send and receive e-mail and are comfortable navigating websites and using search engines such as Google, you already have many of the skills needed to succeed in an online class.

Do you have access to a computer with high speed Internet access? If you are able to view YouTube videos smoothly without a long wait, chances are you do. If you do not have high speed Internet access, you'll need to come to campus where we have computer labs for you (including a lab dedicated to nursing students) or find another place with access where you can work online.

Are you comfortable using Microsoft Word? Typed papers and essays are a common part of traditional classes, but are perhaps even more important in online classes.  We do ask that you purchase a recent (2007 or later) version of MS Office so that collaboration with your classmates and instructors will be as easy as possible.

 

Study Skills

Our curriculum recognizes that most working nurses are adult learners who are highly motivated and self-directed.

Successful online students are comfortable communicating in writing.
You'll have the chance to interact in person with faculty and classmates when we meet on campus, but you'll also be communicating through written materials, online discussions, e-mail, and regular essays or papers.

They are self-motivated, active learners. A flexible schedule does not mean you can procrastinate--you'll need to participate actively several times a week, ideally on a daily basis.

They dedicate time each week for coursework. While online students may avoid the daily commute, their coursework demands the same amount of time or more than traditional classes. Although the schedule is flexible as to when you do the work, you must regularly take part in online discussions and stay on schedule to meet weekly deadlines.

 

Not Sure?

Please view the six minute video tour of UTConline, which will give you a taste of what to expect. If you have any questions about the technical skills needed for our program, please contact the Gateway Technology Coordinator:

Rodger Ling
423-425-5626
Rodger-Ling@utc.edu

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