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Getting Started with Distance Education

Ready to get started with Distance Education?

First, you will want to take the Smarter Measure Online Readiness Assessment, which asks questions in six areas.                                                              smarter measure logo
Once you have completed this assessment, you will see a full color report that indicates strengths and weaknesses with links to helpful resources.|
It is to your benefit to take advantage of this free and useful self-help tool. (Be sure to click on the First Time User button and follow the directions.)


Things to Consider

  • Remember to meet with your advisor throughout your program. You can meet on campus, by email, or over the phone - whatever best meets your needs. 
    The College also has a web-conferencing tool called Collaborate, which allows you to talk “face-to-face” with your advisor using a webcam and microphone.
    You should touch base with your advisor at least once a semester to ensure you are on the path to graduation.
  • Keep the lines of communication open with your teachers, as well. Your instructor may not know you are struggling in an online course unless you tell them.
    Check your online course in Blackboard for your instructor's contact information.
  • CState Online hosts a website that has tips to help you succeed in an online course.
    You can find tips and other information by visiting the Student Resources page.

 

techhelpTechnical Help  

And finally, if you’re up at 3 in the morning and have a computer problem, Cincinnati State’s helpdesk is there for you! Support is available, and the on-call technicians may be able to help resolve your problem.
Check out Technology on Campus to learn all the ways Cincinnati State provides technology for your success.
 

Tips for Online Student Success
Thinking about taking an online course? We compiled some helpful tips that will assist you when you’re taking a distance education class at Cincinnati State.

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