Online Dual Credit
Are you ready?
Learning online is a different experience from traditional classroom learning. Students are responsible for managing their time to follow the deadlines and time constraints of the instructor. We want to make sure that you succeed in WKU's Online Dual Credit Program, so we have put together a short list of questions that will determine if you are ready to succeed. If you have additional questions, be sure to check out our FAQ page.
Do you have a computer at home with reliable internet connection?
To complete Online Dual Credit courses, you need a computer and internet connection at home. While many personal computers seem outdated the week after they're purchased, a simple, reliable computer should be sufficient for Online Dual Credit courses. In general, you need a computer that will allow you to do several things at once. For example, you may need to be able to have an internet browser open (looking at a website), have Microsoft Word open (working on your latest homework assignment), and have Windows Media Player open (downloading a video clip your professor posted for you to watch).
In regard to your internet connection, you will need to have a reliable connection at home. All of your work will be done over the internet. That means that you will use the internet to do everything... communicate with the professor, turn in assignments, talk with others in the class, research... everything will be done online. The faster the connection, the less time you will spend waiting for things to download and upload.
Are you willing to study at night and on the weekends?
The Online Dual Credit program is designed for students who attend high school full-time, participate in extracurricular activities, hold a part-time job, and have typical family commitments. You might be able to work on school work during the day at your school, but your high school might not offer that flexibility. That means that you probably won't be able to work on school work until nighttime and especially on the weekends. Are you willing to spend that extra time working on your college education and forego going to bed early or going out with friends? Remember, you won't be alone. Everyone else in the class, including your professor, will be working at night and on the weekends too.
Are you self-motivated, and can you work alone on projects and assignments?
If you aren't self-motivated, that doesn't mean that you won't succeed in Online Dual Credit courses. But if you have the ability to keep yourself on task and complete work by the posted deadlines, you will have a much easier time excelling in the program. Working alone from home, usually at night and on the weekends, can be a challenge for some people who thrive on interpersonal face-to-face communication with others. Remaining active in the course and not feeling separated or distant from the others in the class will be skills that you will learn as you move through the program.
Are you comfortable communicating with others by email and chatting?
Most, if not all, of your communication with others in the Online Dual Credit Program will be online. That means that you will use email, chatting, and discussion boards to talk to your professor and other students in the class. You might have a need to call other students or the professor to seek help, but for the most part you will communicate electronically. This can be an interesting experience at first if you are not comfortable with it. But once you begin conversing with others electronically, you will discover the convenience and flexibility that is inherent in electronic communication.