Am I Ready for Online Learning?
Although Online, Hybrid and Flexible courses provide more convenience and flexibility than traditional courses, these courses require more dedication, and time-management skills than typical traditional classroom learning.
Highly-motivated adults who need flexible scheduling to balance family, work, and school will prefer these course options. The information below can help you decide if Online, Hybrid or Flexible courses are for you.
Fewer Classes Does Not Mean Less Work
The time that is not spent in class will be spent online at home. Significantly more out-of-class time will be spent with school work with hybrid classes than in the traditional class environment.
Time Management Skills
Developing proficient time management skills is crucial for a student’s success in an online, hybrid or flexible class. Online assignments at WilmU align with the Eastern Standard Time zone.
Take Responsibility for Your Own Learning
In the Online, Hybrid or Flexible course you will take responsibility for your own learning out of the classroom. These courses emphasize learning activities that require student responsiveness and participation.
Online, Hybrid and Flexible courses require students to be technologically proficient. You should be comfortable using a computer and the Internet (websites, email, search, etc.) and prepared to learn new technologies and online reserach methods.
- A high-speed Internet connection is recommended, although DSL will work.
- A minimum bandwidth of 2 Mbps is required for Canvas, Zoom, Respondus Monitor, Kaltura, and many other Ed Tech Tools commonly used in classes.
- Most computers manufactured in the last 4 to 5 years will be fine. However, Chromebooks are not compatible with certain software/services used for online or in-class learning here at Wilmington University. Therefore, we advise against using Chromebooks for online learning. View the vendor’s website to learn about each app’s specific technical requirements.
- Operating systems needed:
- Windows: 10, 8, or 7 (10 is the best version at this time, while 7 and 8 can work in some courses, it is advisable to purchase a Windows 10 system, as new updates to Canvas and external tools are not made with compatibility in mind for older operating systems)
- Mac: OS X 10.7 or higher.
- Hard Drive- 100 Gigabytes or more, to ensure adequate space for any software and videos for courses. Information on Hard Drive Space can be found here.
- Memory/RAM- 8 Gigabytes or higher, in order to run Kaltura, the University endorsed video recording software. Information on Memory/RAM found here.
- Wilmington University has a special partnership program that enables students to purchase computer hardware, software and accessories for personal use at an educational discount. Learn more.
- Canvas works best in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome Internet browsers.
- You will need a word-processing software, such as Microsoft Word. Uploading assignments and essays requires Word Document (.doc or .docx) format.
- Current WilmU students can download and install Microsoft Office® apps for free!
What do I need to do to be successful in Online, Hybrid or Flexible Courses?
- Prepare yourself mentally; purchase the book early and review it
- Read the entire syllabus before the first class session or orientation
- Attend the orientation and take advantage of tutoring
- Keep up and don’t procrastinate. It helps to create a coherent calendar/planner using the syllabus
- Set aside specific times during the week for the course and stick to it
- If a paper is due, gather all the information (research) early
- Be disciplined, stick to a schedule, but practice self-care when necessary
- Develop your computer skills, use external resources like Khan Academy or YouTube
- Don’t wait, ask for help early if you need it
- Keep in touch with your instructor and other students
- Check your Canvas courses daily for new updates or assignments
Ready to Get Started?
Complete the Online Learning Orientation for Students. This course is a great resource!
Please note: All courses at Wilmington University, including courses that meet regularly on-campus, are web-enhanced, using a learning management system called Canvas. Students should expect to use Canvas for some online activities for any course throughout their study at Wilmington University. This requires having convenient and regular access to a computer and the Internet. A limited number of open computers are available at university locations.