Welcome to the world of online learning!
Before you enroll in an online course, however, you should take some time to think about yourself as a learner and investigate what it will take to be a successful online student. Successful online students are usually independent, self-motivated, disciplined and have a few basic technical skills.
How will you know if you're ready to take an online class? If you are already a student at CR, you can take the SmarterMeasure Online Learning Assessment. It takes about 30 minutes, and it will provide valuable insights into any obstacles you may have to deal with in taking an online class. You don't have to take it all at one time - you can stop and come back to it later - and you can download the results and discuss them with a counselor or advisor if you decide you need additional support.
Basic Technical Skills
You don't have to be a computer wizard to enroll and succeed in online courses, but we do recommend keeping a few technical issues in mind.
If you don't have much experience using computers for academic work, such as creating documents and presentations, email communication and uploading attachments, it is recommended that you take a computer course first. Even if you have used a computer in the past, you may want to brush up on some basic technical skills before taking an online course. This video - Getting Tech Ready - will help explain what you need to know before you start.
You should have access to a computer with a fast, reliable Internet connection and adequate up-to-date software (Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer). Some classes have special requirements, so be sure to read about your specific course in the Online Introduction Letters.
Our preferred browsers are Firefox and Chrome. Please view Canvas technical requirements for more information.