Needed Technical Skills
You need a basic computer and internet understanding. In addition to knowing how to use e-mail and messaging services, you will need the following skills:
You need to have good time management skills. Every college student is better off with good time management skills, but it is particularly important for an online student. 8 week intensive courses can quickly overwhelm students who do do not manage their time well. An 8 week intensive course is equivalent to taking two traditional classes concurrently. This means most students need about 15-20 hours a week to complete course work! Many students choose to do the bulk of their work on the weekends, but most classes have items that need time during the week days as well. Setting time aside for work periodically throughout the week as well as the weekend lessens the likelihood of receiving late penalties, puts less pressure on the weekends, and improves overall learning and retention. Additionally, although there are not set times to meet (like in the traditional classroom setting), CCCB does have an online attendance policy. Students are expected to keep up with their work or be in danger of failing a class due to “Excessive Absences.”
You need to have reliable high speed internet access at all times. Dial-up simply will not do (using your 3g phone data plan is also adivised against if it is your only source of internet). There are media files in some of the online courses that will not play well, or at all, on dial up connections. Also, if your access is not reliable it is easy to fall behind and become overwhelmed due to the short duration of the classes.