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Help Desk

(402) 375-7107

Email: helpdesk@wsc.edu

 

Online Education Resources

 

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Tips for being a successful online student

The following qualities are key to becoming a successful online learner at Wayne State College. The successful online learner:

 

Communicates well through writing.

Nearly all communication is done through writing, so students should feel confident in their writing abilities.

 

Is self-motivated and self-disciplined.

With online courses there is great flexibility in how and when you learn the content of a course. With that amount of flexibility, students must know how and when they learn best and commit to a routine that utilizes the best learning styles for them. Committing to a routine will take discipline and support not only from the student, but from family members and the instructor as well.

 

Employs critical thinking and decision making skills as part of the learning process.

As part of the learning process, students will have to use critical thought and analysis, drawing from course content and personal experiences, to make decisions and understand processes.

 

Is committed to 6 to 9 hours a week per 3 credit course and login often.

For a three-credit-hour course, students should spend a minimum of six to nine hours a week on course work.  Some of the time will be spent online and other time will be spent reading, writing and problem solving offline.  Actual study time will depend on the students’ prior background, training, experience, talents, type of text or exercise, etc.  It is important for students to visit class often.  Students may want to check daily to see if the instructor has put up a new announcement or if there is anything new in the discussion area. 

 

Completes all work on time.

The pace of an online course is normally fast and requires commitment on the students’ part. Staying with the pace of the class and completing all assignments on time is critical to the students’ success. Once students fall behind, it is almost impossible to catch up.

 

Has reliable access to a computer and the internet.

In order for students to access the class and become proficient in the content, they must have access to the required technology to complete their course work.

 

Netiquette guidelines

How students communicate with each other is very important in an online course.  The Netiquette rule described below must be followed to provide a supportive, positive and constructive learning environment.

All Students are expected to:

  • Show respect for the instructor and for other students in the class.

  • Respect the privacy of the instructor and other students.

  • Express differences of opinion in a polite and rational way. Use of offensive, threatening, harassing or hostile language or a confrontational tone is never acceptable.

  • Maintain an environment of constructive criticism when commenting on the work of other students.

  • Avoid bringing up irrelevant topics when involved in group discussions or other collaborative activities.

  • Use mainly lower case in posts or messages with proper capitalization rules.

  • Post only positive or constructive messages.  Email your instructor if you have questions or are experiencing frustrations.

A good way to avoid problems is to compose your postings off-line and reread them before sending them.  Something written in haste may not say what you really think after the heat of the moment has passed.

 

Minimum computer hardware and software requirements

Hardware Requirements:

The following recommendations are based on average needs. If you will be performing tasks that include high end video or graphic editing be sure to consider a more powerful computer to meet your needs. Laptop vs Desktop and PC vs MAC will be whatever you prefer, but feel free to ask if you have questions.

 

 

CPU (Central Processing Unit)

At least a dual/duo core processor 2.6GHz or higher

 

Memory

4gb RAM or higher

 

Hard Drive (File Storage)

160gb or higher

 

OS (Operating System)

Windows 7 or 8 OR if purchasing an Apple product the most current IOS

 

Software Requirements:

The standard software is Microsoft Office.  Microsoft Office includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Multimedia software such as Media Player, QuickTime or RealPlayer and a pdf. file reader software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader may also be necessary.  Faculty may require the use of special software that is bundled with the textbook or the purchase of additional software.

 

Supported Operating Systems and Browsers:

For optimal performance of Sakai, please access it using the following recommended operating system and browser combinations. A PC should have Windows 7 or Windows 8 and use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser to access Sakai. An Apple computer should have OS X v10.6 and higher for its operating system and either use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox or Safari for your internet browser to access Sakai.

 

Sources for any required plug-ins (and links)

Browser Considerations:

  • IMPORTANT note for AOL Users! Do NOT use AOL's browser.
Do Not Use Multiple Browser Windows! Do NOT open more than one Sakai browser window while being logged into the system. It is easy to log yourself out of one and get logged out of the others, losing what you were working on - assignments, tests, etc.          

 

Quiz to self-assess readiness to be an online student

To better understand what is expected of an online learner and to self-assess readiness as an online student click the following link

 

Contact information for technical support of Help Desk

If you need assistance, contact your instructor or the WSC Help Desk at 375-7107, e-mail helpdesk@wsc.edu.

 

Tutorial on how to use Sakai - here

 

Sakai FAQs - here

 

Campus Resources

Campus Bookstore

Access to products and services essential to becoming a successful student. Website  

 

Guidelines for APA/MLA format of papers and/or citations

Conn library provides access to citation guides and resources to format papers. Here

 

Financial Services

Your one stop for your financial questions and needs. Here

 

WildcatsOnline

PeopleSoft/Campus Solutions portal that provides real time access for students, faculty and staff to course, student and advising information. Students can use WildcatsOnline to register for classes, check financial aid, and pay their bill, view grades and unofficial transcripts, access course and advising information and much more. Here

 

Career Services

A variety of services and programs to assist with the career development, job search and employment needs of WSC students, graduating seniors and alumni. Here

 

Library Resources

Wayne State College Conn library serves the campus and the region with instructional, research and general information needs. Here

 

Office of Continuing Education

Committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities, to support non-traditional students and rural communities throughout the WSC service region, and to promoting and inspiring the academic growth, creativity, quality, and integrity of Wayne State College. Here

 

Counseling Center

Staff conduct outreach and educational programs for the campus community with an emphasis on mental health issues. Counselors also serve as advisors to several campus clubs and organizations. Here

 

Student Health Services

Committed to providing the best possible health services for our students. Here

 

MBA Faqs

The MBA program provides information about their online courses to prospective students. Here

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