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Learner Responsibilities Orientation

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Your Time Management and Organizational Skills

E-Learning is different from traditional classroom education because it puts more responsibility on the learners (students). Successful E-Learners are motivated self-starters, organized, and disciplined in their use of time. They also proactively participate in the online classroom, interacting regularly with their peers and instructors.

Learning Styles and Student Success

Successful college students have identified their preferred learning style(s) and adopt study strategies tailored to their style. Doing so maximizes individual learning and enhances time management. And in turn these behaviors and practices lead to greater student academic success. Please take a few minutes to review a Learning Styles PowerPoint, and to watch two short Learning Styles videos: Some assignments in this course ask you to apply these concepts to your own learning processes.


The EMCC Counseling Center offers for credit courses and non-credit workshops that help promote personal development and success in areas such as goal setting, time management, study skills. Explore their offerings or call 623-935-8909 to make an appointment to speak with a counselor.

Is Your Computer Ready for E-Learning?

To be a successful E-Learner, you must have access to a reliable computer system, the Internet, and the Microsoft Office suite of software (2010 or higher).

Canvas, works best with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System. If you don't have a computer at home, the computers in the Computer Commons are available for your use.

Students who take online courses need reasonable computer competence and good study, Internet, and reading comprehension skills to be successful. Skills specific to individual courses may also be required; for example, proficiency with a word processing package may be needed for an online English course.

There are specific computer software, Internet browser and hardware requirements associated with E-Learning at Estrella Mountain Community College.

Software Requirements

  • Windows operating system (7, Vista, XP)
  • Internet Browser: Firefox 4 or higher, Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Office 2010

Hardware Requirements

  • Pentium/AMD/Athlon processor 1.0Ghz or higher
  • 512 MB RAM - 1 Gig preferred
  • 100 MB of free disk space (to install a browser if necessary, plus additional space for other programs if applicable)
  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Printer (laser or inkjet)
  • CD-ROM (required for some courses)
  • Flash Drive

Please refer to the E-Learning page and Canvas tutorials for technology assistance. These resources are found at http://cm.maricopa.edu/customer_service/. You are encouraged to review these tutorials as needed throughout the semester.

Your instructor is not the technology support staff. Questions and problems concerning technology, computers, Canvas, software, etc. must be directed to the Information Commons in Estrella Hall: 623-935-8150. A 24/7 Maricopa Canvas help desk is available at http://cm.maricopa.edu/customer_service/.

It is the student's responsibility to be proficient in using Canvas, its required processes, and Microsoft programs to be successful in a online/hybrid learning environment. Students need to be proactive in ensuring they are skilled in Canvas’ processes in order to complete all assignments on time. Technology excuses for late or incomplete assignments will not be accepted.

 

Your Computer Skills

Successful E-Learners need to possess basic computer skills. Learners should be able to proficiently use Microsoft software, navigate the World Wide Web, and use on-line search engines. A working EMCC Gmail account is required for learners, as is the ability to perform basic email tasks such as attaching documents and opening attachments.

EMCC’s E-Learning courses are accessed via Canvas, a web-based course management software. Thus learners are responsible for being proficient in using Canvas and Microsoft programs in order to complete all assignments on time.

  • Students without fundamental computer skills are strongly encouraged to take CIS 105
  • Canvas Tutorials
  • The Computer Commons staff provide EMCC learners with a full complement of instructional and technical support services for online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

Your Communication Skills

In all class formats (traditional, online, and hybrid), strong reading and writing skills are essential for learner success. However, online and hybrid classes provide additional opportunities to enhance these skills as writing is the primary vehicle of communicating with others. Pay careful attention to the main concepts and requirements when reading course materials such as the syllabus, lectures, and assignments. Develop a brief outline of your thoughts before responding to questions posted on class discussion boards, writing assignments or via email. Clear organization, correct grammar, the appropriate style are core elements of effective written communications. Finally, civility and respect for the ideas of others promote vibrant learning communities. Netiquette study guide.

Knowing When and Where to Ask for Support: “Your Success is Our Success!”

E-Learners at Estrella Mountain Community College have many academic and technical support resources. Think of it this way: EMCC has an entire staff of trained professionals whose job is to help learners develop their skills and talents to full potential. The most successful learners actively use these institutional resources; successful learners know when to ask for help.

When should learners ask for help?

Beginning in the second week of each semester if:

  • You are unsure of any concepts
  • Your quiz and assignment scores fall below 74%
  • You are having trouble staying current with the reading
  • Life issues interfere with your coursework.

EMCC’s learning resources

  • Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that Estrella Mountain Community College is making available to its students. Tutoring is available up to 24/7. Click here for a complete description of subjects offered and times when service is available.
  • Computer Commons, located in Estella Hall, provides learners with a full range of instructional and technical support services for distance learning.
  • Academic Success Center/Tutoring located in Estrella Hall South, first floor, provides appointment based and drop in tutoring, writing tutoring (both in-person and online) and other writing resources as well as electronic paper critiquing for papers for any Estrella Mountain class.
  • The Center for Math Success, located in Estrella Hall South, serves as the college's core driver for student success in mathematics and is a vital link for students as they prepare for engineering and technical careers.

The Bottom Line

E-Learning classes provide flexible and dynamic learning opportunities for those who might not be able to attend traditional classes due to work or family commitments. However, these class formats place more responsibility on learners. Successful E-Learners are well-organized, efficient time managers who have strong reading and written communication skills. They also possess basic computer skills, with access to a reliable computer and the internet. Finally, they know when to ask for help, and proactively use the wide range EMCC’s learning resources.