What you need to succeed
Good habits and regular participation are the foundation for success in distance learning. Reynolds has established some essential policies and practices to ensure your success.
- Online Attendance - Distance Learning students need to establish a regular study schedule and must communicate with their instructors frequently. Students must follow a schedule of assignments, testing, and other attendance criteria established by their instructors. This will involve at least one activity each week.
- Placement Testing - Students may be required to take Reynolds placement tests and complete all recommendations and prerequisites before enrolling in a distance learning course.
- Orientation to Online Learning (CDL 001) – Students should complete this orientation to learning online before beginning a distance learning class. You will be automatically enrolled in CDL001 when you enroll in your first online course. This Blackboard based experience provides an opportunity for you to learn the skills needed for distance learning success.
- On Campus Meetings - Some courses may require some on-campus meetings such as labs and clinicals. Some online programs have required synchronous online sessions that you will attend through a virtual classroom in Blackboard. Any required campus or virtual meeting will be listed in section notes of the course schedule.
- Proctored Testing - For many courses, students will be required to take proctored tests/exams at a Reynolds Testing Center or other approved site.
Distance Learning courses require students who have the computer knowledge and skills to:
- send and receive emails with attachments
- conduct Web searches
- download information from the Web to your computer
- recognize and use links
- find, download, and install programs and plug-ins from safe sources
- do basic word processing, such as formatting, cutting and pasting, and inserting graphics
- navigate effectively between two or more applications
- scan for and remove computer viruses
- Successful completion of ITE 115 or CSC 155 is strongly recommended
You may also use computer lab at any Reynolds campus. Failure of your computer is not justification for failure to complete your work. Make sure you have a back-up available. If you cannot come to one of our campus computer labs, you will need to find another alternate. Some courses may require additional software.
Distance Learning courses are accessible through the Internet and you will need to access assignments, transmit completed work to the instructor, interact with other students, and receive graded work. To take a distance learning course you must have:
- A computer with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or Mac OSX (or later) operating system
- A modern Windows or Mac computer with 500 megabytes (MB) RAM or better (1 GB recommended)
- 800 x 600 screen resolution (1024 x 768 recommended)
- 1 gigabyte (GB) of hard drive space (40 GB recommended)
- A reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended)
- A current, secure browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome – two recommended) with cookies enabled
- Standard word processing software (Google Docs can be accessed by VCCS students)
- Current virus scanning software
- A VCCS student email account
- CD-Rom drive, sound card and speakers (may be needed for some courses)
- Additional plug-ins and software as required for your course