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Online Learning FAQ

How does online learning work?

You interact with your instructor and other students through a course system called Blackboard. You purchase your texts as for any class, but all your class assignments are provided online. You may take your tests online or you may be required to come to campus to take your tests (proctored tests), so read the course section information carefully!

How do I get my textbooks?

If it is a Madisonville Community College online course, you may purchase your texts through the MCC Bookstore. If it is a course from another college you will need to use the Online Class Bookstore.

What do I need to be successful in online learning?

Online courses require more committment and self-discipline than classroom courses because you must take responsibility for doing the assigned work, getting assignments completed and submitted on time, and being prepared for tests and quizzes. You will need to pace yourself, rather than relying on feedback from the teacher or other students. It is easy to put off your online course when you are not required to be in a classroom each week.

If you are a self-starter, possess self-discipline, and can work independently on a task until it is complete, then you will be a successful online student. The ideal online learner is able to answer these questions positively:

  • Am I self-motivated?
  • Can I work well independently?
  • Do I manage my time well?
  • Can I establish and stick to a regular weeklu schedule for class work and assignments?
  • Am I computer and web literate?

You should also have easy access to a computer that is connected to the Internet (preferably not dial-up), be able to store information on your hard drive or storage device, and have the software needed for the course (usually at least a word processor). You should be very comfortable using a computer before taking online courses.

You will need to check your KCTCS e-mail several times a week and manage your e-mail account. Many instructors use only e-mail to comunicate with their students.


What resources are available and what should I know?

  • Ask your instructor questions when you need information. That's why he or she is there!
  • Work through the Online Student Tutorials so you have an understanding of the course management system.
  • It is your responsibility to schedule any proctored exams at least five (5) days in advance of when you need to take the exam.
  • Instructors do much of their communicating with online students via the announcements section of Blackboard. You should visit Blackboard frequently – instructors post emergency info (which changes the class schedule) and assignment due date changes. Test dates may change or sometimes you are allowed to retake a test...visiting Blackboard often is very important to your success.
  • Check your e-mail often!
  • Use campus resources: Academic Assistance and Advising, the library, and computer labs.
  • Use the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) or access the KCTCS libraries through Blackboard.
  • Make sure your mailing address and phone number are current in PeopleSoft. If not, you may not receive important mailings/phone calls from your instructor.
  • Fill out a withdrawal form if you have to drop a class; otherwise, you get an "E".
  • Take these courses seriously; you have to stick with them to be successful.
  • Work hard and enjoy the academic credit you are earning—on your own!