Technology tips for success in online classes
Within online classes you will be using a variety of websites, media players, and
multimedia. You should plan to download Google's Chrome browser because it works best
with Canvas, the district's course management system.
Here is a list of the most common programs, browsers, plug-ins, and media players
used within online courses:
- Free office suite:
- Google Docs. Microsoft Office is quite useful, but Google Docs allows users to work on documents
(text, PowerPoint presentation, spreadsheet) through a web browser, allowing docs
to be shared with fewer user-based permission errors than with MS Office online. If
interested in Google Docs, please go to the following link Google Docs Training Tutorials.
- Smartphone/iPad access: Google Docs for editing, storage, creation on smartphones and iPads: http://www.google.com/mobile/docs/
- Best browser for Instructure's Canvas: Google Chrome
- Bubbl.us is an easy way to create a brainstorm session, org chart, or series of idea bubbles.
- Dropbox offers free online storage (starting at 2 gigs and going up to 8 gigs)
- Evernote is an easy way to take notes and organize digital information for an individual or
collaboration with a group.
- Komposer is a free html editor.
- Weebly is one of many free services for basic website templates.
- Screencast-O-matic is an easy way to make short videos of anything on your computer screen.
- Photoshop.com is one of many free image editors/image sites
- Video players: You may need to add or update the following video player for your course content:
Quicktime, Flash player, Shockwave player
Before your online class begins:
- Know how to access your course: All online courses have a common website starting
point of either Desire2learn or Canvas. To access your online course, you will enter your Insite Portal id and password.
- Some online courses use book publisher content - which requires an access code. This
code is likely included with the books in the college bookstore.
- Know where to find out if your class has a mandatory meeting: Some classes have mandatory
course meetings while others are entirely online. If on-campus meetings are required,
these dates/times will be listed in the college schedule with the course. In WebAdvisor/portal,
you may have to click on the course link to see this information.
If new to online learning, consider the following: