To succeed in an online course at Johnston Community College, you'll need basic computer and technical skills, including using a mouse, typing, creating documents, participating in online discussions and video conferences, and installing necessary third-party software. However, it's crucial to be aware of specific requirements for different devices:
For PC and Mac Users:
- Access to a PC or Mac laptop or desktop running Windows 10+ or macOS 10.12+ operating systems is essential.
- A reliable high-speed internet connection is a must.
- Ensure your computer has a clear and dependable microphone and webcam for virtual interactions.
- With Microsoft Office 365 available through your student email, you have access to Microsoft Office.
- A supported browser - Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers are recommended. Try to avoid Microsoft Edge unless specifically told to use it for a particular application. See Blackboard Browser Support for details.
- Consider computer specifications such as a 2.0 GHz or faster processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB or more of storage, and a 13-inch or larger display with a resolution of 1920x1080 or higher, depending on the demands of your courses.
For Mobile Device Users:
- While mobile devices like smartphones and tablets can be used for some coursework, they may not provide the best experience for all tasks.
- Mobile devices are not adequate for taking online tests.
- Ensure your mobile device meets the minimum requirements for any apps or software specified in your course syllabus.
- For activities such as creating and editing documents or participating in online discussion boards, it's strongly recommended to use a PC or Mac laptop or desktop for a more efficient experience.
Chromebooks are not recommended for online learning at JCC
Many of the tools and resources that need to be accessed cannot be through this operating system.
For the most seamless online learning experience, use a PC or Mac that meets the specified hardware and software requirements. Mobile devices can compliment your learning but may not suffice for all coursework. Always consult with your instructors or JOLT staff if you have any doubts about your device's compatibility with the online learning tools and resources used at JCC.
- The College provides a student email account that you should use for communication with instructors. Instructors may not respond to email coming from non-JCC email addresses.
- You have access to Office 365. This suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many more applications. Instructors may only accept file formats like .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, or PDFs. If you are using Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc. you will need to export your file into the comparable Office format. This Apple Support resource will provide instructions on how to convert your files.
Tips for Success in Online Learning:
- Create a dedicated study space.
- Set aside regular study times.
- Utilize online resources.
- Maintain open communication with your instructor and classmates.
Online learning offers valuable opportunities, and by adhering to these guidelines, you can set yourself up for success in your educational journey at Johnston Community College.