Online Success for Beginners
It's a common myth that online and hybrid classes are easier than traditional face-to-face classes. Online and hybrid classes require self-motivation, time management skills, excellent computer skills, and persistence. Follow this beginner's guide to be successful in your online and hybrid classes.
Keep the Lines of Communication Open
- Activate your STLCC email.
- Check your STLCC email frequently - that is how your instructors will communicate with you.
- Use your STLCC email when contacting instructors - they may not know who you are if you use a personal account.
- Login to Banner Self-Service to make sure your phone number is accurate.
Know What You Are Getting Into
- Most online and hybrid classes require a lot of reading, so be prepared to make time in your schedule to keep up with reading assignments.
- When you are not going to a classroom, it can be harder to stay on task - make sure you have a system for meeting deadlines and keeping up with the coursework.
- Good computer skills are a must! You should be familiar with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, and have good typing skills. All STLCC students get a free Office 365 account.
Be Prepared for Class and Know What's Expected
- Get your textbooks before classes begin - in a campus bookstore or online.
- Make sure your computer meets the minimal technical requirements by using our Browser Checker.
- Take the SmarterMeasure assessment to see if you are ready for online learning.
- Login to your Blackboard course on the first day of class, or earlier, to read the syllabus and make sure you have all necessary course materials.
Keep the Momentum Going
- Take time to explore the class so you'll know where to find the extra reading materials, assignments, discussion boards, etc.
- Check your grades in Blackboard and read the feedback from the instructor.
- Make use of our free Academic Support Center if you are having issues with subject material.
- Make sure to keep up with assignments and other class tasks.
- Have a back-up plan if your computer or internet connection fails. Technology problems are not an excuse for missed deadlines.
- Contact your instructor if you have questions or run into problems.
With planning and hard work, you can be successful in your online and hybrid classes!
The hybrid format for course instruction means the course will include some combination of online, live virtual lecture, and/or face-to-face learning for students. Some campus attendance may be required but the amount of on-campus class time will vary by course.
There are three ways Hybrid Courses are offered at STLCC:
Face to Face (F2F) / Live Virtual Lecture (LVL)
A mix of in-person classes and live virtual lectures.
Face to Face (F2F) / Online
A mix of in-person classes and online course instruction.
Live Virtual Lecture (LVL) / Online
A mix of live virtual lectures and online course instruction.