Online Learning @ College of Charleston

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Welcome


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Welcome to Online Learning @ College of Charleston. This interactive tutorial and online student support site will introduce you to the online learning opportunities, tools, resources and services available at the College of Charleston.

Completing the tutorial and reviewing the resources provided will help you navigate your way through the online learning experience at the college.

Navigating the Tutorial

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial, or click the Contents button in the top right to skip to any section you want.

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Let's get started.

Click the arrow below to begin!

Did you click on the Content button and see the navigation menu?


Am I Ready to Learn Online?

1 of 5On the Home page on the right, you'll notice tabs in the grey box on the right labeling the different activities you'll be completing on this site to help you determine if you are ready to learn online. These activities include reading the Readiness FAQ, evaluating your Personal Skills Sets, understanding the Technology Requirements for online classes, completing the Online Learning Readiness Survey, and reviewing Campus Resources that you can use in your online learning activities.

If you do NOT see the grey box on the right hand side of your screen, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Click on the Readiness FAQ link and review frequently asked questions about online learning. After you have read through the sections on this page, answer the following question.

Am I Ready to Learn Online?

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Next click on the Personal Skill Sets link and review a few of the characteristics successful and happy online learners share. Compare yourself to the list to determine whether or not online classes are a good fit for your personality and habits.

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After you have considered each section on this page, answer the following question.

Am I Ready to Learn Online?

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Now we will look at the tools you need to have for online courses. Click on the Technology Requirements link and review the minimum technology requirements for online learning at the College of Charleston.

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After you have reviewed the list, answer the following question.

Were you are able to answer YES to all the questions?

Am I Ready to Learn Online?

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Next, take a moment to complete the Online Learning Readiness Survey. Reflect on the questions and be truthful with your responses. Your survey results will provide you with a real indication of whether or not you are well prepared to take an online course.

Make a note of any of the questions you answered no, or disagree with, while you are taking the survey. You can use these topics later in this tutorial to locate additional resources in the Getting Help section of the site.

Let's Take the Survey!

Click on the Online Learning Readiness Survey link to view the survey informational page on the site.

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Am I Ready to Learn Online?

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After you have navigated to the Online Learning Readiness Survey page, click on the linked "take this learning readiness survey" text.

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Clicking the link will open the survey in a new tab in your browser. Complete the survey, answer the questions below, then close the tab, and return to the tutorial to continue.

After you have completed your Online Learning Readiness Survey answer the following questions.

Did your survey results indicate that you are probably well prepared to take an online course?

If your results indicate you might need some more preparation before taking an online class, contact your professor or your advisor.

What Online Courses are Available?

If your Online Learning Readiness Survey results indicated that you are probably well prepared to take an online course, the next step is to see what is available.

Click on the Online Course Offerings link to search for classes. At this time, most online offerings at the College of Charleston are for summer courses. However, you can also search for online classes in the regular semester year by limiting to Distance Education in the dynamic schedule.

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Take a few moments to explore the options available for online learning at College of Charleston. Once you have, answer the following questions.

Did you find a class you would like to take?

How Do I Get Started?

1 of 3All too often the time between registering for a class and actually starting it seems like the very distant future, with lots of time to spare in the mean time. It is important to keep track of your online course dates and to be prepared to actively engage on the first day.

In The Online Student's Toolkit portion of this tutorial you will find a list of items to complete before you start your online course. By following this list of best practices, you should be prepared to fully participate when your online course begins.

Click on The Online Student's Toolkit link to review the list.

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How Do I Get Started?

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Item one asks you to verify that you can access MyCharleston from your personal computer. Click on the "MyCharleston" link. Clicking the link will open MyCharleston in a new tab in your browser.

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As you work through the items on the "How Do I Get Started?" list, keep both tabs open in your web browser. When you have completed an item on the list, return to the tutorial in this tab to continue and answer questions.

Where you able to successfully login to MyCharleston? 

You will use MyCharleston to access CMAIL (your College of Charleston email Account), OAKS (the College of Charleston learning management system), and Google Apps (included with your College email).

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To access your College of Charleston email account, go to the open tab in your browser window that is logged in to MyCharleston. Click on the "Google" icon on the top right of the screen. This will bring you to your College email account.

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Were you able to successfully login to your College of Charleston email?

Next, access your OAKS class by going to the open tab in your browser window that is logged in to MyCharleston. Click on the "OAKS" icon on the top right of the screen. This will bring you to the College's learning management system known as OAKS.

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Were you able to successfully login to OAKS and see your classes?

My Professor Asked Me To

Now that you have successfully located all of the key systems you will need to access for your online course, let's take a moment to look at the types of projects your professor might assign during your class.

Click on the My Professor Asked Me To link to review the list.

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Notice that many of these projects may not only include research and writing.  It is common in online courses to be expected to collaborate with your classmates and work on teams virtually.  Often, students are also asked to create and produce multimedia projects. This page provides tutorials and links for commonly requested projects.

Keep checking back as your semester progresses for new tutorials.

Did you find the resources listed on the My Professor Asked Me page helpful?

Getting Help & Campus Resources

It is important to know how to get help when you are taking an online class. Let's take a minute to look at the Getting Help & Campus Resources available for online learning.

Click on the Getting Help & Campus Resources link.

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The Getting Help section includes links for Academic Resources, Student Computing Resources, where to find information about campus system failures or unavailability, Personal Resources and a handy downloadable quick sheet on Who Does What on Campus. Make sure to bookmark this site to refer back to when you are taking your online class!

Did you find the Getting Help and Campus Resources page helpful?

Click the next arrow at the bottom of the page to email your responses to the tutorial questions to yourself and your professor!

Please enter your name and email address to retrieve a copy of your completed quiz.

You can enter multiple email addresses separated by commas. If you are doing this for a class, you may need to enter your instructor's email address also.

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