Are You Ready to Take an Online Class?

What does it mean to be “ready” to take an online class?

While online classes may seem like less work, they’re not! Regardless of the topic, they require self-direction, academic and technical skills, and more.

Why should you make sure you’re ready to take an online class?

Students taking online courses often underestimate the time and effort required to succeed. It’s important to do a self-check and then take any necessary steps to get ready before taking an online class.

How can you check your online learning readiness?

Follow the steps below to assess your readiness and make a plan to fill any gaps.

Online learning readiness self-check

Step 1: Read about what work in an online class might look like
Knowing what's expected of you in an online class will help you decide if online learning will work with your learning style. (And it may help you identify areas you can strengthen before your class starts.)

Step 2: Go through online student readiness tutorials
Get helpful strategies in areas that may potentially need attention.

Step 3: Visit the Canvas Community for more help
Learn more about the many features of Canvas through guides and videos provided by Instructure.

Online Class Poster

Are You Ready for an Online Class? [PDF] Infographic created by GCC.

Are You Ready for an Online Class?

Do you have enough time to commit to an online class in order to be successful? Online classes can actually take more time weekly than face-to-face classes.

Do you have enough discipline and determination to succeed in an online course? An online course requires you to take more responsibility for your progress than face-to-face classes.

Do the benefits of taking an online course outweigh those of taking a face-to-face course? Accessibility and convenience are major pros in online learning!

Do you have basic computer skills to troubleshoot minor computer problems? You must have access to a reliable computer with high-speed Internet.

Do you have good writing and communication skills? Nearly all communication is written, so it is critical that you feel comfortable expressing yourself in writing.

Is your learning style compatible with an online course? No one is looking over your shoulder or presenting material which fosters independence!

Page adapted from PCCD
Infographic created by GCC

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Dr. Christine Gengaro, Online Education Coordinator

Adrian Brown, Online Technical Support Assistant
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Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2480