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Are You Ready for Online Courses?

Being a successful online learner takes time and dedication! Sure, an online course will allow you more freedom to choose when and where you complete your assignments, but you'll also need to manage your time well to keep up with your coursework! Online courses often require more of a time commitment than traditional face-to-face courses. In other words, while online courses are more convenient this doesn't necessarily make them easier. Read below for areas you should consider before enrolling in an online course:

Computers

  • Are you comfortable with computers and with using technology?
  • Do you have regular access to a computer with Internet?
  • Are you comfortable with installing and opening applications on your computer?
  • Can you create, save, and work with files easily?
  • For more information regarding computer requirements, click here.

Internet

  • Are you familiar with using an Internet browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)
  • Do you use the Internet regularly for accessing email, news, social media, etc.?
  • Do you have an email address? If so, can you send and receive messages as well as send (and open) attachments?

Online Learner Qualities

  • Are you self-motivated and able to compete tasks on time without direct supervision?
  • Are you able to communicate well grammatically through writing?
  • Are you a critical thinker (i.e. someone who enjoys researching information and communicating their ideas appropriately)
  • Do you work well with others?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, online learning may be for you! If you answered no to any of the questions, you may want to give some additional thought before enrolling in your first online course. Being an online student at LSUS requires your commitment. This means participating in online activities 5 to 7 days a week as well as keeping up with coursework and completing assignments on time. To further determine if online learning is for you, click the Student Online Readiness Tool (SORT) link.