The decision to take a class online should be carefully considered before enrolling. It is true that online courses allow students flexibility. While you can access your class at a time that works with your schedule, classes are generally not self paced and have specific deadlines. No matter where you go or what time of day you wish to view course material, your class content is available 24/7. This is a wonderful advantage for those with full time jobs, families, transportation problems, or special needs. However advantageous online courses appear to be, please consider the following:

Online courses require time management skills. The student must log in regularly (3 or more times per week) and be prepared to read a great deal of information. Expect to spend 6 or more hours weekly on each online course, depending on the length of the course.

Most online courses at KCKCC are not self paced; they have definite start and stop dates, with assignments due weekly.

Students are expected to spend time reading, visiting websites, and posting comments.

Occasionally, problems with technology may impair these activities. When problems occur, it is important to quickly contact the technical support staff. Generally, problems can be solved quickly and deadlines can be met.

Successful online students are typically highly motivated, disciplined, and patient. Students must have consistent and reliable Internet access. KCKCC provides open labs for students wishing to work on campus.

Each online course carries an access fee of $30.00. Web enhanced (WE) courses have a $15 fee. There may be additional fees. Web-enhanced courses meet on campus in a traditional timeframe, of which certain elements are available within the password protected website.

Basic computer skills for successful participation in the class include:

  1. Keyboard/typing skills
  2. Use mouse efficiently
  3. Cut/copy and paste
  4. Save documents on desktop or in a file
  5. Upload and download files
  6. Use search engines
  7. Download and install plug-ins (if necessary)
  8. Print a web page

Computer Lab Hours

Minimum Computer Requirements for Online Students

Personal computer or administrative access to computer
Computer labs available on KCKCC campuses (See above)
Internet access or Internet Service Provider
Web Browser supported by the Online Course System 
E-mail Address
All students now have a campus email
Pop-up blocker and Security programs must allow access to the following websites

Minimum Recommendations

Internet Service Provider: DSL or Cable preferred
Web Browser
Internet Explorer or Firefox
Keep current with all updates
Office Productivity Suite, with Word Processor
Microsoft Works, Microsoft Office, Open Office, or Corel Word Perfect
Many classes, but not all, require the use of a word processor, such as
MS Word, Wordpad, or OpenOffice Writer. Most instructors require documents written with these programs to be submitted in DOC or RTF formats.
Adobe Reader. Many instructors utilize PDF files to deliver information. Visit for the latest version
CD-ROM or DVD. Some class' supporting material may require the use of CDs or DVDs.

Personal Computer/Browser Recommendations
Online courses are displayed in a web browser. The following briefly describe the minimum technical aspects needed to run the browsers that are supported by Blackboard.

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8)
Supporting Operating Systems:
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2 or higher), Windows Vista, Windows 7
Run Windows updates when they become available.
For more details about system requirements, visit

Firefox 3 or higher
Supporting Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7, MAC OS/X
For more details about system requirements, visit

Safari 5 or higher
Supporting Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7, MAC OS/X
For more details about system requirements, visit

Chrome 12 or higher
Supporting Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7, MAC OS/X
For more details about system requirements, visit

Browser Configurations
Pop-Ups enabled for
Ajax enabled
JavaScript enabled, for the latest Java plugin
Browser plugins installed
Media player; Real Player, Quicktime, and/or Windows Media Player

About Unsupported Browsers
Internet Explorer 6 or lower are not supported.
Safari is not supported.
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