Atlanta Technical College. Online Student Orientation. Contents. Is Online Learning For Me How To Get Started How To Use Blackboard Technical Requirements Technical Guidelines. Technology Competency Requirements Browser Recommendations Drop Deadlines Format For Assignments
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Online Student Orientation
The following statements assess the basic skills and
capabilities that you need in order to be successful in an
online course. You should be able to answer yes to each
of the statements before starting your course.
1. I have my own computer.
2. The hard drive on my computer has at least 6 gigabytes
of storage space.
3. I have access to a printer.
4. My computer has a CD-ROM drive.
5. I know how to print pages.
8. I have my own Internet Service Provider or I have easy access to the Internet on a regular basis.
9. I check (or am able to check) my email at least once each day.
10. Are you comfortable using computers?
11. Do you use the Internet regularly at home or at work?
12. I can commit 6 – 9 hours each week, both online and
offline, devoted to completing this course, and I am
able to budget my time.
learning without face to face interaction from an
instructor or fellow students.
14. I have access to a computer with Internet access and a
high speed connection.
15. I can start, shut down, and reboot a computer.
16. I can use a keyboard and mouse gracefully.
17. I have an email address and know how to send,
receive, reply to, add attachments, and forward email.
18. My computer has the latest security features and an
20. I can copy and paste text across all applications.
21. I can install software from a computer disk onto my
22. I know how to access URLs (web addresses) on the
23. I know how to use online search tools such as Google
24. I can navigate both forward and backward on web sites.
25. I can troubleshoot a URL or link that is not working.
and LOG IN using the Username and Password your instructor provides.
Course navigation is explained in this orientation in "How to Use Blackboard".
The navigational buttons are on the left in Blackboard. This is a general summary of buttons, although all buttons may not be needed in each class.
You will need access to a computer with the following minimum hardware requirements:
Internet Service Provider Password on the Blackboard system. Your instructor will assign these to you. The Web Site address for your online course is
An ISP is a company that can provide you with the software necessary for getting onto the Internet. Contact your local ISP to set up your personal account. Without an ISP, it is impossible to take GVTC Online Courses. Students have reported numerous problems when using AOL to access online courses. If you use AOL, you must be able to access Netscape or Internet Explorer to use as a browser after connecting to the Internet. Do not use the AOL browser!
Email Account Password on the Blackboard system. Your instructor will assign these to you. The Web Site address for your online course is :Since it is our primary form of communication, you must have an email address. Generally, your ISP will give you an email account. Please contact your ISP if you are unsure of your email address. Email accounts are readily available on the Internet. You may register for email at several alternative sites like Hotmail, Yahoo, Juno, or Excite.
Supplemental Software: Some online classes require or recommend software packages. Some common software packages and their online websites are posted here for your benefit.
Student Technology Skills:The following computer skills are
needed prior to taking online Atlanta Technical College
courses. Students are responsible for assessing their own skill
levels. If you do not possess these skills, check into the
computer literacy courses offered at your local Technical
College. Your instructor will not be teaching these skills as part
of the course.
Email Skills: Password on the Blackboard system. Your instructor will assign these to you. The Web Site address for your online course is 1. Send, open, reply to, and forward a message 2. Enter a message subject 3. Send an attachment 4. Open and/or save an attachment 5. Web Browser Skills
Go to a specific URL:1. Print a page 2. Follow a hypertext link 3. Conduct a basic search using a search engine 4. Download and install plug-ins 5. Word Processor Skills
Open a new file:1. Open an existing file 2. Save a file 3. Rename a file (Save As) 4. Cut, paste, format text 5. Print a document
Java™ Compliant Web Browser:Atlanta Technical College online courses require a Java™ compliant Browser. For the Java™ capable browser we recommend Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 (or higher) or Netscape® Communicator 4.0 (or higher). If your browser is older than IE 4.0 or Netscape 4.0, you may download a current version for free by clicking on the icons below.
Important dates are listed on the Atlanta Technical College academic calendar at http://www.atlantatech.org/catalog.pdf
In your Blackboard course environment, look under Syllabus or in Course Information for the course syllabus. Additional instructions may be located under Assignments. General assignment formatting instructions will be related to you in these areas. If specific assignments need special formatting, this will be related to you as part of the assignment.
Within the Blackboard 6 environment, students are encouraged to communicate with fellow classmates and instructors from the course website. The Communication Center allows users to send email, access course discussion boards, participate in the virtual classroom, send messages, and access student group pages. Look in "Course Information" for the course syllabus. Any chat room and email requirements will be listed in the syllabus.
Instructors respond to emails as quickly as possible since this is the predominant method through which instructors and students communicate. Instructors will respond to emails within 24 hours excluding weekends and holidays.
Contact your instructor first if you need technical support. Questions concerning the course or navigating in the course should be directed to your instructor. If the Blackboard server goes down please be patient. If you send email for technical support to theGVTC Coordinator, please be sure to type your name, class name, and 'Technical Difficulty' in the subject area. For example: John Doe, ACC100, Technical Difficulty.
AOL users experience compatibility issues with Blackboard. Students have reported numerous problems when using AOL to access online courses. If you use AOL, you must be able to access Netscape or Internet Explorer. Do not use the AOL browser.
Current Atlanta Technical College students enroll in online courses by contacting your advisor.