1. What do I need on my home computer to take an online course?
To access your SCCC online course you will need a high speed internet connection such as DSL, Cable, etc. You should also have access to Microsoft Powerpoint and Word, Adobe Acrobat, and the latest Shockwave and Flash Browser plugins. You will need to diasable your popup blocker or set it to “always allow popups from the WebStudy/SCCC address”. Your specific course may require other software, and you will need to check with your professor to find out what course related materials you will need.
2. How do I access my WebStudy course?
a. Log on to the WebStudy site at http://sussex.webstudy.com
b. Your Username and Password are the same as the SCCC Portal
c. The courses that you‟re enrolled in will appear on the homepage the day they begin.
d. Send your instructor an e-mail via WebStudy to let him/her know you have accessed the course. You may not be contacted by your instructor until s/he has received this email.
3. May I access my courses in WebStudy before the first day of class?
No. Your course will not be available until the first day of class.
4. What if I try to access WebStudy, but I don’t see the enrolled course on my screen.
If you can log-in to WebStudy, and your course isn’t there, this means you have not been added into the class. Make sure that you e-mail your instructor, to let him/her know you are enrolled in the class.
5. How do I contact my instructor?
Leave a message for your instructor with the faculty secretary at 973-300-2165, or log on to the SCCC home page at www.sussex.edu and click on the link for faculty/staff to find her/his office phone number and e-mail address.
Is Online Learning Right For Me?
1. How do I know if an online or hybrid course is right for me?
Ask a counselor or your advisor what is involved in an online course. Honestly reflect on your own level of self-motivation and self discipline. Determine your own ability to engage in self-directed reading and other assignments.
2. Should I take more than one online or hybrid course per semester?
The answer to this question depends on your initial assessment of your self-motivation, as well as the time you have to devote to each course. On-line classes are not designed to take up less time than an in-class course. They are designed to give you the flexibility to “attend” class when it is most convenient for you.
3. What is the difference between an online and hybrid course?
Typically, online courses do not have an in-class component, although some instructors may require students to be on campus for tests or other assignments. A hybrid course always has an in-class, on-campus component that students are required to attend.
• Students must have a home computer with access to the Internet and an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, FireFox, or Safari. If you have a lower version, you may not be able to see all of the material or use the software appropriately. If you use AOL as your browser, please read the information for AOL Users listed on the WebStudy home page.
• Microsoft Office software – specifically, Microsoft Word. Students must have access to Microsoft Office through home, work, or a university student computer lab. Students should expect to do some of their distance learning course work in Microsoft Word, not Works. Instructors do not have to accept student work that is not written in Word.
• Depending on your course, you may need other programs such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Media Player or a viewer for PowerPoint. These free plug-ins are available by visiting WebStudy home page under Download Plugins.
If you have questions about the content of your course, directions, or requirements, send an e-mail to your instructor right away. Being online means you must be proactive in communicating with your instructor. WebStudy tech support is available 7 days a week, toll-free, by calling 1-888-326-4058, Option 3. Or, use the Help feature of the software, which is accessed by clicking on the ‘help’ tab on the bottom left corner of your WebStudy page. We recommend that you do this for answers you need within 24 hours, because the help desk will e-mail you back within WebStudy.
When you are logged in, you can select your course from the Select “Course Section” of the WebStudy home screen.
Familiarize yourself with the various tabs on WebStudy. Tabs are located on the right side of your screen. Depending on your instructor, your course may have more or fewer tabs.
Your course content and class sessions can be found when the Timeline tab is selected.
Functions of Tabs
About – This tab will provide general information about the course and your instructor.
Timeline – This tab will provide general overview of a course schedule and sequence. This is an interactive course syllabus with links to various course elements; a good starting point.
Live – This tab is for real-time discussion.
News – This tab will give you the announcements from your instructor.
Forum – This tab is used for class discussions.
Team – This tab is for students to work together in groups.
Student – This tab will give you access to your classmates. You can also share presentations and information with each other.
Links – This tab will have all the course-related websites.
Mail and the Personal Tab
At the top of the screen you will notice the Mail Option.
To Compose and Send WebStudy Mail
1. Click the mail icon at the top.
2. Click the Compose Tab
3. Select recipient from class list.
4. Fill in subject and content areas.
5. Optionally add attachments (click attachment button and follow directions)
6. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the screen.
To Reply to Mail
1. Scroll down below the message; optionally edit subject line.
2. Type your reply in larger text area.
3. Click “Submit” at the bottom of the screen.
To Read WebStudy Mail
1. Click the mail icon at the top.
2. Click incoming to read your mail
When first entering your WebStudy class, be sure to read the “About” tab and investigate all features of this robust learning management system. With this basic WebStudy information and the guidance of your instructor, you should be able to enjoy a great online learning experience.