Continuing Online Students
This page will provide you with the resources necessary to continue to be successful in your online coursework at Saddleback College. You may want to bookmark this page so that you can access it directly from your browser menu.
Blackboard is the course-management system (CMS) used for our online courses.
College portal for student's email, view history or current schedule, plan for success etc..
Strategies for Success!
Have the Required Course Materials
- Make sure you have a syllabus for the course you are taking or know where to find it online. Many instructors post it on their website or their faculty profiles. Read it carefully; it should answer most of the questions you have about the course.
- Textbooks, study guides, exam forms and other course materials may be purchased at the Saddleback College bookstore or though other online outlets. The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building. Be sure to purchase all required materials PRIOR to the start date of the class.
Develop a Study Plan
- Instructors may provide a set study plan for you. If not, use the assignment schedule from your syllabus or the broadcast schedule for a video or radio course to develop a schedule for completing the weekly assignment(s): doing the required reading and/or written assignments, participating in discussion board forums, conducting internet research, watching videos, or listening to the radio.
- Keep notes for each unit or topic. By doing this, you will be able to review for examinations in an organized and timely manner.
- Keep to the schedule and don’t get behind in the work. Most distance education courses are not self-paced and require that you submit assignments or participate in class discussions on a weekly basis.
- Let your family or roommates know about your study schedule and ask that you not be disturbed while you are studying.
- Avoid interruptions and distractions while you are completing your course work. Let your answering machine get the telephone or take it off the hook if no one else is available to answer calls.
Recruit a Group of Study Partners
- If possible, identify one or more classmates with whom you can review assignments, discuss lessons, and prepare for examinations.
- Use the questions at the end of each topic or unit in your study guide, if provided, to discuss general concepts of the course.
- Look for ways to relate and apply what you are learning to the world around you. Share this with the study group.
OrientationSome of our online classes have an on-campus orientation prior to the start date, while others have an online orientation that is part of the course materials on Blackboard. Students should look on the online course schedule under the faculty profile () for specific information pertaining to each class and its availability.
There are three main computer labs at Saddleback College: LRC 258 (90 computers), LRC/Library - 3rd floor (48 computers), and IMC Lab (BGS 248).. For information about these labs, please check out: Saddleback College Computer Labs.