Online courses at Anne Arundel Community College offer students an opportunity to take classes that fit their schedule and learning style. Distance education students work more independently than is typical for regular in-class courses. This means that online students are responsible for their own success by structuring their time, meeting deadlines, and completing assignments.
To better understand how online courses at AACC work and to see if you would be a good candidate to take an online course, follow these steps:
Step 1: Consider your learning style and computer experience.
Do the following statements describe you?
- I understand written instructions.
- I am self-motivated.
- I am capable of independent learning.
- I can create, save and manage files on my computer.
- I have an e-mail address.
- I know how to send e-mail attachments.
- I plan to allocate as much time in my schedule for this online course as I would for a classroom course.
- I know how to download and install software from the Internet.
- I can manage my time wisely.
- I am comfortable asking questions.
If these statements do not describe you, a classroom setting is probably better suited for you.
If most of these statements describe you, you should consider taking an online course. Proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Computer Requirements
To access online courses, your computer must have:
- Internet access
- Anti-virus software
- A full-featured, browser with the appropriate settings. See technical requirements for more detailed information.
Note: Your course may require additional software, details will be provided in the course syllabus.
If you meet the computer requirements, proceed to Step 3.
Step 3: Register for your course
Register for an online course as you would for a classroom course. Register online, by phone, by fax, by mail or in person. For details go to Noncredit Registration Web page.
Step 4: Access your course
Begin your online course on the first day of class. Depending on the course you are registered for you must either complete an orientation (ed2go) or you will be contacted by the provider directly. If your course is in Canvas go to the college's portal page, MyAACC (sign-on directions are on the Web site), click on "My Classroom-Virtual Campus" area, select "Access my courses". This will open the Canvas dashboard. Hover over the courses link located at the top of the dashboard and select the course you want to open. Note: you will not see the "Courses" link on the dashboard until the course start date.
If you have not been contacted by the first day of class,
please call 410-777-2325.