Self Assessment for Online Readiness

A very common misconception is that online courses are easier. Actually, most students report they must spend more time studying for an online class compared to a face-to-face class.

OASIS provides two types of assessments, one for Study Skills and one for Learning Styles to help you decide if you are ready for online learning. You will take two brief quizzes to help determine whether your study habits and learning styles are well suited for online education.

To get a better understanding of what it takes to be a successful online student, take the Oasis assessments and review the customized report.

Computer Requirements

To succeed in an online course at Highland, you should have regular, easy access to a computer that meets the following specifications:

Operating System: Windows 7, XP or Vista or Mac OS System 10 are recommended

Internet Connection: Broadband Cable/DSL connection recommended(56k Modems would work but expect significant latency)

Web Browser: Microsoft Explorer 10 or 9 or Firefox (preferred)., Chrome and Safari may work, but some problems have been reported

Monitor Resolution: Best at 800 x 600 resolution and up.

Multimedia: Speakers, may be required for your Moodle course, other devices such as webcams, and storage media such a flash memory drives and/or  DVD/CD. R/RW maybe required. Check with your instructor or read the course information page.

Other Software: A basic word processing program such as Microsoft Word, WordPad,  Open Office, for document creation is suggested  Note: Saving files in RTF format is suggested if transferring files between different word processing software programs. Microsoft Power Point, and/or Adobe Contribute, are suggested for any presented assignments. Moodle requires that Java is installed and that cookies are enabled, please adjust your PC security software accordingly.

Some of the Moodle pages may have content that requires a plug-in or other software to be viewed. Below is a list of recommended plug-ins and links to locations where you can download them. These are not necessary to use the Moodle system, but are recommended:

Acrobat Reader

Real Player

QuickTime Plugin

Adobe Flash