Center for Instructional Technology & Online Learning

  • Are you considering taking some or all of your courses online? Congratulations!

    We're excited that you want to participate in online learning, but before you choose to so, there are a few things you should consider. Online learning can sound like a great way to maximize your time, but in reality online courses require just as much, if not more, time and energy as traditional classroom courses. It also requires specific computer skills in order to succeed.

    Here is what you should consider if preparing to take online courses:

    Basic Computer Skills

    • You will need to know how to navigate the internet, Blackboard, and UMES systems. Additionally, you should know how to use a word processing software, presentation software, and spreadsheet software.

     Persistence

    • You may encounter technical issues during the delivery of an online course. You must be wiling to tolerate such issues and seek help when needed.

     Time Management Skills

    • You must be able to manage your time well. Most UMES online courses are asynchronous, which means you will not have a schedule meeting time, but will have weekly due dates.

     Motivation

    • To be successful in an online course, a student has to want to be successful. Learning online requires independence and a high-level of responsibility. Motivate yourself to stick to deadlines and complete coursework as required.