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Distance Learning FAQ
Distance Learning Page

What are the characteristics of a successful distance learning student?

* Has a computer at home and a reliable Internet connection
* Knows how to work independently and keeps up with assignments
* Has the necessary skills such as a college reading level
* Has completed any necessary prerequisites for the course
* Participates in orientation when applicable
* Begins course activities within the first week of the course
* Sets aside an adequate amount of time on a routine basis for study
* Contacts the instructor promptly with questions about any aspect of the course
* Has the required computer hardware and necessary software
* Knows basic word processing
* Familiar with sending and receiving e-mail

Does my online course require additional software or hardware?

Some courses will require additional hardware/software, so please view and read the information listed with the course in the course listing and also check with your instructor. It is your responsibility to have access to the hardware/software for your course(s) and to the Internet.

Most courses use the following software and plug-ins:

*Microsoft Office (2007 or higher) – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint are the most popular applications from this software suite. You can purchase a student version of the software from the bookstore, local electronics companies, or find student deals online. Pricing is better for students so ask for student pricing wherever you go.

*Adobe Acrobat Reader – instructors post files in PDF and these files require a special software or browser plug-in to view them. You can download it from http://get.adobe.com/reader/ or through your browser plug-in/add-on tool.

*Flash Player – instructors may publish online videos that are in the Flash format and this requires a flash player for viewing. You can download the flash player from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ or through your browser plug-in/add-on tool.

What are the basic requirements for my computer?

In addition to access, you should make sure your computer meets some basic requirements. We recommend the following minimum standards:

In addition, you may need equipment such as a microphone, printer, flash drive, or web cam for specific courses. Please check with your instructor prior to the beginning of the course to make sure you have the required equipment.

What should I do before the semester starts?

You should e-mail your instructor and tell them you have registered for their course.
You can access the instructor address by clicking Faculty.

How do I log into my Moodle course?

The Wilson Community College's  Moodle site is located at http://moodle.wilsoncc.edu/

What is my Moodle username?

Your Login ID is your first initial, last initial and last four digits of your student id number.

Example:
Student name is John Smith 
Student Id number is 2384567
So his login ID is js4567
Your initial password is your birthdate in MMDDYY format
Example: Birthdate: February 5, 1984 -- Password: 020584

Your initial password is your birthdate in MMDDYY format

Example: Birthdate: February 5, 1984 -- Password: 020584

 I do not see my question listed here.

Visit the Knowledge Base and Help system located at our 24/7 Learning Support Center.

Are there any security issues I should be concerned with?

It is always important to protect your privacy. We recommend the following to assist you:

What web browser(s) may I use and how should they be configured?

Wilson Community College has determined that the most consistent browser to use with Moodle at this time is Mozilla Firefox. It is available as a free download at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/