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IT Online Courses

How do online courses work?

Course activities and assignments are posted online. You can work day or night - it is up to you. You do need to keep up with your course work, just as you would in any regular onsite class. Assignments are communicated via Blackboard. Some classes require that you come to campus to test or may allow an approved proctor for your tests where you live or go to school.

What kind of students take online courses?

Students who:

  • Have a firm grasp of basic computer skills.
  • Juggle the responsibilities of home, school and work.
  • Need flexibility in how they complete their course work.
  • Are earning a MATC IT degree or certificate, or want to further their IT skill set.
  • Are self-motivated and want to study at their own pace.
  • Are independent learners who can make the most of online instructional resources.

Are Online Courses for You?

The following checklist survey will help you decide whether or not an online class is appropriate for you:

Yes 

No

Are you a self-starter? 

Yes 

No

Do you work well without supervision?

Yes

No

Can you budget your time to meet assignment deadlines without supervision? 

Yes

No

For the course(s) that you are considering to take online, will you be able to understand the instructions without them being explained to you? 

Yes 

No 

Do you have regular and prolonged access to a personal computer?

Yes 

No 

Does the personal computer that you have access to have better than dial-up connection capabilities?

Yes

No 

Do you know how to use an e-mail account? 

Yes 

No 

Do you learn new online tools or technologies with ease? 

Yes 

No 

Do you know how to comfortably browse the World Wide Web? 

Yes 

No 

If taking a computer software course, do you have the required software installed on your computer? (For example, to take a Introduction to Database course, you need to have that version of Access 2007 software or must be able to use one of the MATC campus computer labs.) 





If you did not answer yes to all of the above questions, taking an online course may not be for you. You should consider taking onsite courses.

Still not sure if online courses are for you?

It is not recommended to take an online class if you:

  • Have a difficult time following written instructions and need verbal instructions to assist you with comprehension of material.
  • Do not have regular and prolonged access to a computer during the entire timeframe of the course.
  • Do not have computer skills (especially familiarity navigating within the World Wide Web, sending and receiving e-mail and working with attachments).
  • Do not have the proper amount of time to dedicate to your course.
  • Put things off until the last minute.
  • Consistently need instructions explained to you in the course(s) you are considering to take online. 

Any of the above will cause frustration and struggle which could lead you to not getting the most knowledge out of the course, missing deadlines, and/or dropping the course. Again, consider taking onsite classes.

 





Last Modified: January 1, 2010