Succeed as A UCC Online Student

As you contemplate online studies, make sure you are ready to commit the time and effort to succeed. Online courses require just as much, if not more, time and energy as traditional classroom courses. You also need to have a quick and good grasp of specific computer skills and learning strategies to succeed.

To see if you're ready for online studies at UCC, please take our short survey (Readiness for Online Studies):
If you are ready for online studies, here are 10 tips to succeed. (UCC Online Readiness TIPS)Succeed as a UCC Online Student

Here are 10 tips to help you succeed as a UCC Online student:

1. Devote time to school work

You must devote time every week to concentrate on your online classes. In fact, you must be willing to devote at least 3 hours per week on each 3-credit course. In the online classroom, all of your lectures, class work and participation in discussion boards/sessions happen on your time.

2. Always post on the discussion board

You will be required to ‘post’ a discussion or your views on a discussion board at least five times during your studies. Each post will count as class participation and is a significant part of your grade. You not only need to post your discussion on the topic the lecturer has posted but you must also respond to the posts of others within the prescribed timeframe. If you fail to post your discussion in the required time, you may lose points.

3. Read the course materials that you are given

Lecturers will send you course material via PowerPoint presentations, lecture notes, video, audio or e-links. Make sure to read, listen to or watch these for they usually form the basis for your online quizzes. In addition to the course materials sent by lecturers, students are responsible for sourcing and reading the required reading texts.

4. Read recommended material

Your lecturers will usually send you additional suggested reading material to help you to better understand the course you are doing. Make sure to read these other materials to assist you in your learning.

5. Submit assignments early

Make sure you plan way ahead, get started early on your assignments, do your research and submit your assignments early. An unreliable computer or network is no excuse for late submission of assignments. Do your own assignments unless you are asked to submit them as group work.

6. Participate in Chat Sessions

Where Chat Sessions are scheduled, make sure to participate. Such schedules are held in real-time, so you must ensure that you check the days/times posted on your course page on MOODLE for your Chat Sessions and participate in these.

7. Keep in touch with your lecturers

Your lecturers will provide you with their email addresses and/or telephone contacts. Do not be afraid to ask them questions related to your course during their “office hours”.

8. Keep in touch with your coordinator

UCC assigns a coordinator in Jamaica to assist you with your online learning experience. Your online coordinator may be reached at 876-665-4007 or 665-4009 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For technical related issues, you may email our external Web Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

9. Read your UCC emails and log in to MOODLE daily

You must read all communiqué from your UCC coordinator who may send you any changes in schedules or other advisories from time to time. You must also make sure you check MOODLE daily for changes in schedules, new assignments, reminders from your lecturers or from UCC.

10. Make sure you have a reliable computer and internet connection

As an online student, you must have access to a reliable computer and high speed internet access (with a minimum bandwidth of 2Mbps). We suggest you upgrade your internet browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome or Safari) to the most recent version. Remember, from time to time, you may be downloading and uploading large audio, video and text files. Mobile devices may be used as a matter of convenience but are not reliable devices and NOT recommended for online classroom use.

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