C A L D W E L L C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E A N D T E C H N I C A L I N S T I T U T E
INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING ONLINE
Learning online provides a convenient and flexible way to meet your
program needs. This online class is facilitated through Blackboard
Learning Management System. The format allows you to access course
materials prepared by your instructor. You have 24-hour, 7-day-a-
week access to your course assignments, lectures, readings, tests and
quizzes, discussion forums and virtual chats from any location with
Before you begin your coursework,
be aware of the expectations
as well as the dedication required
to be successful in this course.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL
People learn in different ways. Understanding
your own learning style will help you be successful
in this online course.
Successful online students have
the following personality traits
• Responsibility: Following through with duties
• Initiative: Starting thoughts and actions
• Perseverance: Being persistent in pursuit of tasks
• Industrious: Getting your work done; not procrastinating
• Self-Reliance: Having trust in yourself and feeling confident
• Works with Others: Working as a team toward common goals
SKILLS OF SUCCESSFUL
Successful online students have the following skills
• Time Management
• Strong Reading
• Good Writing
• Test Preparation
Although you don’t need to be an expert with technology, you do need
to be familiar with your computer system and be able to solve problems
when they occur. Lack of the following skills will hinder your success in
this online course
• Recommended Technology Skills
• Search the Internet and World Wide Web using a Web browser
efficiently and effectively
• Know how to start and use
computer applications such as
a word processor and email
• Understand netiquette
• Basic file management
• Evaluate sources found on the Internet for validity and reliability
• Access library books and periodicals over the Internet
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
• PC MacIntosh Pentium III/300MHz processor G3/300+ MHz
processor 128+ MB memory 128+ MB memory 56K or faster Internet
connection 56K or faster Internet connection CD-ROM drive MAC
OS 10.2 or higher CD-ROM drive
• Current anti-virus software, updated weekly-at least
• Current browser recommendations: Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or
• Word Processing Skills: You should know how to name, save, and
retrieve a document as well as how to enter and edit text properly
through a word processing program. You should also know how to
change text format and style, set margins, line spacing, and tabs.
Check spelling, grammar, word usage. Insert page numbers, page
breaks, or section breaks.
ONLINE COURSE EXPECTATIONS
The design and management of your course will depend on the course demands and
your instructor. Most courses, though, will consist of the following components. If you
have trouble navigating your course, contact your instructor.
•Assignments: You will have assignments designated for each week by date or topic.
Your assignments may require reading, viewing, listening, writing, or completing
activities. A course calendar may be included with assignment due dates.
•Homework: Depending on your course, you may be asked to turn in homework through
Blackboard’s assignment link, via email, or post a discussion to one of the many forums.
•Lectures: Online lectures may be in the form of video, audio, slideshows, and/or text.
•Discussions: Your course may make use of journals, blogs, wikis, and/or discussion
boards in which you post comments and replies for other students in the course.
•Tests &Quizzes: Assessments my be timed or set to display at certain times in the
course. While most tests are conducted online, your instructor may require that you visit
the testing center on campus to complete your tests.
If you need accommodations while learning online,
please contact Disabilities Services and notify your instructor.
GRADING AND FEEDBACK
• Most instructors respond to your emails within 24 hours, Monday
through Friday. Although some instructors respond over weekends
and holidays, you cannot be guaranteed a response during these
• Some assignments, like large projects and essays, require extensive
time to grade. You can expect delays in receiving grades on these
• Instructors will designate a preferred method of communication.
Follow your instructor’s guidelines for communication to ensure your
questions and concerns are addressed.
• If you fall behind in a course, immediately contact your instructor.
• In most online courses, your grades and feedback will be posted in
Learning Management Systems Grade Center. Check the Grade
Center to keep up with your progress in the course.
• Students are expected to log into the class frequently, if not
daily, to keep up with assignments. Attendance for online
instruction will be taken by completion of assignments.
• Assignments for the week
must be completed in order
to be counted present in the course.
• Logging in alone does not determine attendance in your
• Communication is vital to success in your online course.
Keep in touch with your instructor and other members of
• Email: Use your student email
@students.cccti.edu to communicate
with your instructor.
• With this system, you don't have to worry about spam
filtering or other roadblocks that can prevent e-mail
TIPS FOR ONLINE SUCCESS
• Have ready access to a computer that meets the minimum
• Have a reliable Internet connection
• Log on to your course regularly,
every single day, several times a week
• Make sure you have a private space
where you can study
• Do not procrastinate
• Ask for help early and often
• Understand real people are in your class. Be sensitive when
responding in discussion forums
• Stay connected with your instructor and other students
DISTANCE LEARNING HELP
E-mail Help Desk Having login issues or Technical issues?
Contact the CCC&TI Distance Learning Help Desk at
This service is monitored from 8:00am-8:00pm Monday thru Thursday and 8:00am-2:00pm on
Kristin Harrison, Director, Distance Learning
Hudson Distance Learning Technicians
Watauga Distance Learning Technicians
828-297-3811 EXT 5234
OF ONLINE LEARNERS
• Academic Integrity
It is the responsibility of every student, staff member, and instructor at CCC&TI to maintain the
highest standards of academic integrity. For this reason, the college will not tolerate any
instance of plagiarism or cheating, or any act which violates standards necessary to maintain
Violations of the college's Academic Integrity Policy include, but are not limited
to, cheating, plagiarism, and participating in any other act of academic dishonesty.
Cheating includes taking, possessing, or using any academic material (test
information, research papers, notes, etc.) without permission; receiving or giving help during
tests; copying or attempting to copy another person's paper, exam, or other graded work; or
allowing another to copy such paper, exam or graded work.
Plagiarism is defined as representing as one's own another's work or ideas, or any part
thereof, published or unpublished. It includes copying a phrase, sentence, or longer passage
from another's work and not identifying or citing that source; failing to cite a source fully;
inadequate paraphrasing or summarizing; or attempting to pass off as one's own a paper
written by another.