In the event that routine academic functions are disrupted due to prolonged campus or building closures, it may be necessary to attend classes online. We provide a variety of services to connect you with faculty and fellow students remotely so that learning can continue uninterrupted.
In preparation, we recommend you have the following equipment:
- Laptop or desktop computer.
- Headset with a microphone or built-in speakers and microphone.
- Webcam – a camera may already be built into your laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing. If you’re looking to purchase a camera, Zoom has the following recommendations.
- Internet – either commercially provided (e.g., Comcast, CenturyLink, Charter), wireless hotspot or hotspot through your mobile phone.
- Be prepared! It’s best to know these options will work for you before you actually need them. Test access to your equipment and resources at home before the need arises and contact the OIT Help Desk if you have any questions or issues.
Delta College has a link with updates about COVID-19. https://www.delta.edu/coronavirus/
First Time eLearning User
Online Resources for Students
- eLearning tutorials for students on how to use D2L
- Tips for Students working online (PDF)
- Download Office 365 FREE with your Delta College account (PDF)
- Add Webmail (email) to your Smart Phone (PDF)
- OneNote (Video) – Note taking for Students
College Resources & Services for Students
Professionals in the academic advising office are here to help you figure out which classes to take, and when. They really care about your success, and work hard to make sure you’re on the right track to reach your goal.
Whether you’re planning to take one class to build skills, complete an associate’s degree or take courses to transfer, we can help.
For more information visit the Academic Advising site. opens in new window
Ask a Librarian
Do you have a question? Ask a Librarian! Answers will be sent to your Delta email.
For more information visit the Delta College Library (opens in new window) or Ask a Librarian (opens in new window).
Chat with TLC Staff for general questions about T/LC or WRIT Center Services
Delta College has professional counselors on staff, so you have someone to go to when you need it. It’s part of how we support our students and their success.
For more information visit the Counseling Services site.
Office of Disability Resources
The Office of Disability Resources is responsible for responding to accessibility issues and academic accommodation requests on behalf of the College. The Office serves both prospective and current students who have documented disabilities, and who request resources on the basis of a disabling condition or characteristic.”
For more information visit the Disability Resources site
The T/LC provides tutorial support for classes across the curriculum.
To access help from home, from the Delta College centers, from your local library, your favorite wi-fi coffeehouse– anywhere you access the internet! Use the Teaching and Learning Center CyberTutor opens in new window; all you need are your username and password.
From writing that first college paper to preparing your last semester presentation, the WRIT (Writing Reading Information Technology) Center will help you gain skills and confidence so you can do your best.
For more information visit the Writing Center opens in new window.
Tips for Online Learning
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, Allow Yourself to Fail then Learn from it
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, grow and permission to fail. You may need a few attempts to connect your video-conference, you may 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. Of course, having a dedicated office is ideal, however, certainly not required. 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 if needed or for participating in group project calls.
With all of the multi-tasking we do and always connected mind-set, it’s all too easy to get distracted from your studies. Turning off your phone or using airplane mode can big a big help in eliminating these types of outside distractions. If you need be online to conduct research, set aside dedicated blocks of time just for that purpose and turn-off other social notifications. 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 should still have access to your Instructor and student support services. Find out their office hours and schedule time to meet virtually if and when needed. Your teachers are there to help you succeed, especially in uncertain times like these. Although many faculty members are well versed in teaching online classes, some may not be. They too, may be facing obstacles as they adapt to a new way of teaching. Either way, your teachers and advisors are there to help you along the way. Don’t be shy about reaching out for support when you need it.
Utilize Online Resources
A list of resources have been provided above for quick access for you.
Keep Calm and Stay Positive
It’s important to keep in mind that your interim situation won’t last forever. 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.