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Student eLearning Resources

Are you ready for an online course? Some things to consider...

It is not recommended that you register for an online course if the only access you have to a computer is at the College's computer lab, a friend's house, a library, or at work. The inconvenience of not having your own computer will interfere with your ability to participate effectively in the class and meet assignment due dates; owning a personal computer with Internet access provides you with the flexibility you need to take an online course.

It is critical that online students have strong writing skills and are proficient at expressing their ideas in writing. The communication that takes place in a virtual classroom is mostly written communication.

Lastly, learning online is just as demanding as learning in the traditional classroom setting. Many students have noted that online learning actually requires more time and commitment. The successful student will view online learning as a more convenient way, and not an easier way, to take a class.

eLearning Modes of Instruction

Online (80+% of the content delivered online): A course where most or all of the content is delivered online. Typically online classes have no face-to-face meetings. The entire class takes place via the Internet. However, some online classes may have up to two face-to-face or web based synchronous meetings.

Blended, sometimes called Hybrid (30 to 79% of the content delivered online): A course that blends online and face-to-face delivery. Substantial proportion of the content is delivered online, typically uses online syllabus, discussions, content, tests/quizzes resulting in a reduced number of face-to-face meetings to allow greater flexibility while requiring some in person class attendance.

Face-to-Face or Web-facilitated (0 to 29% of the content delivered online): A course that uses little or no online technology - content is delivered in writing or orally, or uses web-based technology to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course. Examples of this might be posting the syllabus or list of assignments on a web page or to a course management system.

Resources for students

MCTC uses the Desire2Learn (D2L) eLearning platform. The following links may be external to MCTC; students may find them useful.

D2L student instructional videos

Now available: Web-based instructional videos for D2L students.

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