Whether your classes are fully online, face-to-face or hybrid, eLearning allows your instructors to organize their online course content so you can find the materials you need quickly and easily.
To get the most out of eLearning, you’ll need a few pieces of basic equipment to be able to take advantage of your online course content:
- Laptop or desktop computer
- Headset with a microphone or built-in speakers and microphone
- Built-in webcam or an external USB camera for video conferencing
- Internet, either commercially provided, a wireless hotspot or hotspot through your mobile phone (not recommended for courses using Respondus LockDown Browser for quizzes)
Be prepared! It’s best to know what options will work for you before you actually need them. Test access to your equipment and resources at home before the need arises. If you have questions or issues, contact the OIT Help Desk at 989-686-9575, firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a ticket.
Tips for online learning
Online learning has many benefits. Students are often drawn to online learning due to the flexible nature of the courses, or the ability to balance school with other work and family commitments. If you develop skills for effective online learning, you’ll find the courses can be a great alternative to a traditional classroom setting. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your next class.
Set personal goals
Start with the right motivation. Determine that you are going to succeed in your classes, no matter the location, and develop a plan for doing so. Set a goal for what success looks like to you. Then, develop a plan to work toward that goal.
Don’t give up
If you’re new to online learning and wondering how to be successful in online classes, it’s important that you give yourself time to learn, room to grow and permission to fail. You may need a few attempts to connect your video-conference. You may also have trouble with new learning formats, or adhering to a schedule while being at home. This is all normal as you adapt to new ways of doing things. Give yourself the freedom to experience a few bumps along the way, but stay positive and adjust to get back on track.
Create a space for learning online
Wherever you choose to study, setting up a dedicated space and routine will help set you up for success. Look for a spot in your home that’s away from noise and distractions. Get creative if needed. A small table in a bedroom or basement can function as a desk. Have headphones handy to use to block out noise or for participating in group project calls.
With all of the multi-tasking we do and our always-connected mindset, it’s all too easy to get distracted from your studies. Turning off your phone or using airplane mode can big a big help. If you need be online to conduct research, set aside dedicated blocks of time just for that purpose. This will help eliminate disruptions. Although it’s tempting to do a “quick check” of your social feed, it can end up costing you valuable study time.
Reach out to your instructor
Remember that although you are learning remotely, you still have access to your instructor and Delta's support services. Find their office hours and schedule time to meet virtually. Your instructors are there to help you succeed.
Keep calm and stay positive
As you find yourself in a new online learning environment, keep calm, ask for help when needed, celebrate small victories, contribute to your online community and stay focused on your end goal. You’ve got this.
Frequently asked questions
- Extensions on assignments, quizzes, discussions and exams
- Requests for additional quiz attempts
- Specific details or questions about course material
- Grade inquiries
If the wrong course is showing up in eLearning, this means that you are enrolled in the wrong course. Contact the Registrar’s Office for further assistance.
There are several reasons why a course you are registered for is not visible in eLearning:
- If you have only registered for the course within the last 24 hours, the registration may not be processed yet. Please wait 24–48 hours after registering for a course to appear in eLearning.
- The course may not be active. Your instructor is responsible for activating the course, so contact them to see when the course will be activated.
- The course hasn’t started. If the course has not yet started, it will not be visible in eLearning. Unless the instructor has opened the course early, it will not be available until the first day the class starts according to your Registration statement.
After you log in to eLearning, you can access a course by doing one of the following:
- From the navbar, click 'Select a course.' Then, choose a course from the list or search for it.
- From the home page, click a course from the 'MyCourses' widget.
To drop or unenroll from a course, contact the Registrar’s Office. There may be a waiting period after dropping the course for the course to be removed from the Online Learning site.
If you are enrolled in the wrong course, contact the Registrar’s Office.
If you have only enrolled in the course today, wait 12–24 hours for the course to become available.
If a current course used to appear in your list of courses within the Online Learning site but doesn’t anymore, contact the Registrar’s Office to verify your status and check your Delta College email. Possible reasons:
- Course was cancelled
- Payment not made
- Instructor initiated drop for non-attendance