Considering an Online Education?
Face-to-Face, Blended and Online learning
Are you looking for a bit more flexibility when it comes to obtaining your degree? Do you work hours that make attending classes on campus a challenge? Are you a self-directed learner who feels confident navigating online tools and resources? If you answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps enrolling in an online course is for you.
Online classes will mold with your schedule—log in to your online course at a time that works best for you as opposed to having to attend a lecture at a specific time. However, you must make sure that taking online classes are right for you. Each of the following methods, Face-to-Face, Blended, and Online Learning are different ways to deliver courses:
- Traditional Face-to-Face courses meet in the classroom and may utilize parts of D2L Brightspace for grades, quizzes, important course documents, etc.
- Online courses are typically completely online and delivered through the D2L Brightspace platform.
- If you are looking for a class that is part face-to-face and part online, then a Blended course is right for you. This type of course does have scheduled times that it meets on campus. The course schedule lists the days/times the course meets in person.
For additional tools to help you decide if Online Learning is right for you, visit these MnSCU resources:
What is D2L Brightspace?
D2L Brightspace is a web-based system that can be used by instructors for sharing content, leading discussions, posting grades, allowing students to upload assignments, and more.
- For technical issues, including login problems, please visit The Student Computer Lab (T3200) or contact the MCTC Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at 612-659-6600 or submit an ITS Service Request: http://mctc-it.custhelp.com
- The computer lab in The Learning Center (T4210) is available to help students troubleshoot computer issues and/or learn more about using D2L Brightspace
- The MnSCU Service Desk can provide D2L Brightspace assistance through email, chat or over the phone
If you are new to D2L Brightspace, it is strongly recommended that you take advantage of D2L Brightspace orientation sessions provided by the MCTC Learning Center at the beginning of each semester. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about upcoming orientations.
What Skills Do I Need?
To help ensure that Online Learning is right for you, please consider your Technology Experience, Technology Tool Use and Study Habits:
Here are some questions to consider surrounding technology experience that would be critical to succeeding in an online course:
- Can you comfortably use a keyboard and computer mouse?
- Can you create files, save files and upload files with ease?
- Are you comfortable navigating the web, online resources through the MCTC website (MCTC Library, Student Services, D2L Brightspace), etc.
- Are you able to use email, upload and download files and other resources with ease?
If you answered “YES” to these questions, then Online Learning might be right for you!
Online or blended course instructors may require their students to:
- Have reliable AND consistent Internet access
- Use Microsoft Word or Word for Mac software
- As an MCTC student, you have free access to Microsoft Office 365 (log in with MCTC email address and password) and can purchase other software at a discount (such as Adobe Creative Cloud)
- Be able to successfully navigate www.minneapolis.edu
- Have access to a printer
- Have access to a CD-ROM or DVD player
- Use Java-enabled web browsers: Safari (Mac), Firefox (Mac or PC), Chrome (Mac or PC).
If you have experience using and/or access to these technology tools, then Online Learning might be right for you!
Though studying is part of all course delivery methods (face-to-face, blended and/or online), when taking a blended or fully online course, there are specific areas to consider surrounding studying.
- Are you more of a self-motivated individual who is able to set aside time each day/week for completing course assignments, etc.?
- Are you able to work around distractions and stay on task when studying?
- Are you able to meet deadlines and keep a schedule in order to complete these tasks?
- Are you comfortable logging in to D2L Brightspace and checking your MCTC email multiple times per week?
- Can you spare the time needed to be successful as an online student? (For an easy time estimate, multiply the course credit number by three to get the average number of hours you’ll need to dedicate each week to the class, e.g. 3 credits x 3 = 9 hours a week)
- If you need assistance, are you willing to reach out for help in a timely fashion?
If you answered “YES” to these questions, then online learning might be right for you!
How do I Get Started?
How to find Online and Blended classes at MCTC:
- Go to the Course Search site
- Select Expand/Collapse for Advanced Search and choose a Delivery Method – either Online (web only) or Hybrid Classroom/Online (blended)
- A Delivery Method is indicated for each course and listed as: Completely Online/Asynchronous, Predominantly Online, or Blended/Hybrid
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