Who is a Successful Distance Learning Student?

Because the distance learning  experience is sometimes less structured, success depends on the effort you are willing to expend. Knowing what to expect ahead of time will help. Working through the orientation materials is the first step. To be successful, you should

  • Be willing to spend 10-12 hours per week on your course--more in the summer.  You will need to log into your class 3-5 days per week.
  • Feel comfortable learning from written materials, like your textbook and Web pages, and be willing to contribute to online discussions.
  • Evaluate why you took a distance learning course. Are you committed to an educational goal, and recognize that a distance learning course will help you to achieve that goal? Or did you register late, and a distance learning course was the only option left?
  • Read the section of this guide devoted to student success.

What are your responsibilities?

Much of your success will depend on your own actions. Here is a list of your basic responsibilities. Your course outline will explain course specific expectations.

  • Register and pay for classes by the prescribed dates.
  • Pick up your textbooks from the IVCC Bookstore.
  • Obtain or validate your official IVCC Student Identification card.
  • If you are in GEL 1006, pick up your telecourse materials at the IVCC Jacobs Library.
  • Orient yourselves to course materials and technologies.
  • Review the course syllabus, schedule, and instructor Web page and ask questions early on.
  • Online students will need to log into class on the first day, as listed on your schedule.
  • Complete required assignments.
  • Read textbook assignments.
  • Participate in discussions.
  • Arrange to take tests.
  • Stay on schedule!
  • Check your student email account regularly.

Label communications with
Your name
The course name and number
Instructor name

Mail assignments to:
[Your Instructor]
Illinois Valley Community College
815 N. Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, Illinois 61348


Much of your communication will be conducted by email, web discussions, or mail.

Remember to report change of address, phone, or name to the Admissions and Records Department as soon as possible.