To take Distance Education courses, you must have access to a reliable computer, your MyCOM email account, and a functioning Internet connection. You should also have a backup plan should your system or your Internet provider fail you. Since you submit your DE assignments and assessments online through the Moodle Learning Management System, you must also have a basic understanding of how to use email and attachments, navigate the Internet, and communicate online for success in your DE courses.
You should plan to access your Distance Education courses many times during the week to stay up to date with email correspondences, discussion forums, assignments, and assessments.
Some students think that Distance Education (DE) will somehow be easier than a face-to-face class, only to discover that the workload is different but by no means less time consuming or difficult. For success in your DE courses, be sure you have both the time and the technology to undertake them. Make use of COM's Student Support Services and be sure to read the Online Success Tips to enhance your online learning experience.
The Distance Education Self-Assessment Survey will help you assess if you are suited to distance education and whether you will achieve the success you seek in a fully online course.
Spring 2015 (January 17 – May 22, 2015)
Fall 2014 (August 18 – December 13, 2014)
Distance Education Website
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