Self Assessment

A very common misconception is that online courses are easier. Actually, they are more difficult in that you must have additional skills like time management in order to succeed.

OASIS is an additional online assessment for students pursuing courses on the Internet. Visitors may take brief quizzes to help determine whether study habits and learning styles are well suited for online education. Brief tutorials on communications technologies are also available.

To get a better understanding of what it takes to be a successful online student, please,
Answer this self-assessment questionnaire...


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