Distance-Education

Distance Education learning allows you to take accredited Angeles College courses from home or any location, at your convenience. This is ideal for those with demanding work schedules, family responsibilities, and those who cannot travel to campus due to transportation, scheduling conflicts, or physical challenges. Distance Education learning courses give students greater flexibility in course scheduling and students find that they have greater control over the learning process and are able to customize their course time and work in a way that best suits their specific schedule.

Current Distance Education programs offered at Angeles College:

BSN Completion (RN-BSN) Program

Are you Ready for Distance Education?

There are many advantages and disadvantages which students should be aware of before selecting a distance course.

Advantages:

Distance learning courses allow students to work on their own time rather than report to class at a particular time. Travel time and expense is greatly reduced. Distance learning courses allow students to work from home or office. Students who prefer written communication may do well in distance learning courses. Students may get to know faculty and other students on a deeper level in an online course since many are more inhibited in a classroom setting.

Disadvantages:

Distance education learning students may miss the face-to-face interaction with students and instructor. Students who are not disciplined and self-motivated may find it a challenge to keep up in a distance course. Students who are poor typists or who are lacking in technical skills may be at a disadvantage in a distance course.
Distance learning courses may actually take more time than a traditional course. Students may experience occasional difficulty to immediately reach other classmates and/or instructor through technology.

Are You ready for DE Learning?

EXAMPLE #1: Distance Education prospective students must complete the 15minute Test of Online Learning Success (ToOLS) self-assessment to measure your potential for online success in Angeles College Dstance Education programs.

* The ToOLS (Test of Online Learning Success) self-assessment test was created by
Dr. Marcel S. Kerr and Dr. Marcus C. Kerr of Texas Wesleyan University, and Dr. Kimberly Rynearson of Tarleton State University.

EXAMPLE #2: Find out by completing the SmarterMeasure assessment! It will take you about 45 minutes from start to finish but you may log out and complete it later if necessary. After you login, you will receive an email from SmarterMeasure with a PIN number that will allow you to log back in later or view your results again. Your SmarterMeasure score will not prevent you from registering for online classes. It is a tool that will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses related to distance learning.

Students complete an online assessment and receive a report immediately following the completion of all areas of the SmarterMeasure assessment. It also provides some remedial tools to help you strengthen your weaknesses.
To access SmarterMeasure click on this link, https://ac.readi.info (Username – angelescollege) (Password – angelesonline) Save the results of your competency assessment for admission qualification into the Distance Education program.

 

Delivery Methods (Main)

Angeles College offers several options in its Distance Learning program. Course formats include Internet, hybrid, and teleclass. These courses are equal to other courses in credit hours, academic rigor, and student requirements.

Internet courses give students access to their courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Instructor provides all materials, course activities, assignments, and discussions in an online environment. At Angeles College, all online courses are predominantly asynchronous, meaning that you do your coursework at whatever time of the day you choose. The majority of tests are taken online, although some instructors require that tests be taken on campus. Expect to devote the same amount of time each week as you would for a face-to-face course.

Hybrid courses blend traditional classroom instruction with online distance education. Students meet on campus for lectures or presentations one class period a week and complete the rest of their course work independently using the Internet. Hybrid courses move a significant part of course learning online and, as a result, reduce the amount of classroom seat time. The goal of hybrid courses is to join the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning to promote active independent learning.

Desire 2 Learn (D2L) is a provider of eLearning solutions through its online Learning Management Systems (LMS) platform which is implemented by Angeles College. eLearning includes numerous types of media that deliver text, audio, images, animation, and streaming video, and includes technology applications and processes such as audio or video tape, CD-ROM, and computer-based learning, as well as local intranet/extranet and web-based learning.

Access D2L at https://AngelesCollege.Brightspace.com

 

Getting Started

Getting Started in Angeles College’s Distance Education Programs

Download a copy of the Distance Education Student Handbook.

Accessing Desire2Learn and Your Online Courses:

Step 1. Have your D2L login credentials

Step 2. Login to D2L https://AngelesCollege.Brightspace.com or connect via D2L log-in button on top of each page.

Step 3. Locate your courses in D2L home page after login under your My Course pull down side bar menu. Courses are made available on the day your course is scheduled to start. If you are unable to locate your courses after log-in, contact the AC admissions.

Step 4. After accessing your courses in D2L, read your instructor’s welcome message and follow their instructions. Explore the D2L interface to make yourself familiar with the D2L layout. At this stage, questions about your course should be directed to your instructor, or if you have technical difficulties access the Distance education tech support page for assistance about D2L.

 

Technical Requirements

Students must have regular access to a personal computer with a Web camera, microphone, and speaker system. Students should be proficient in operating a personal computer. Competency in standard computer operating systems and electronic filing systems, basic keyboarding skills, organizing and sorting electronic documents; Demonstrated knowledge of standard computer applications to include Microsoft Word, and Excel, and PowerPoint (or comparable systems); Familiarity with using internet browsers and standard email systems.

COMPUTER/TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS for the DESIRE2LEARN “BRIGHTSPACE” ONLINE PLATFORM CAN BE SYSTEM CHECKED BY DIRECTING YOUR WEB BROWSER TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: https://community.desire2learn.com/d2l/systemCheck

Technical Requirements
Component Windows Mac
Internet Browser Microsoft Internet, Chrome
Explorer 7 or higher, FireFox 4.0 or higher Chrome
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or 7 Mac OS9 or OSX
System Memory 1GB (Vista)
512 MB or higher (XP, Me, NT, 2000) 512MB or higher (OS X)
Internet Connection Broadband DSL or Cable-Modem strongly recommended
(Min. 56kbs dial-up modem) Same
Audio Sound Card and Speakers: Also Recommended: Computer headphones with microphone Same
Video SVGA or XVGA monitor: capable of displaying 800×600 resolution in thousands of colors Same
Software Microsoft WORD or OpenOffice.org Writer Same
The successful online student should be familiar with the following computer operating procedures (Technical Competencies):

• Start, shut down, and reboot a computer appropriately.

• Use a keyboard and mouse with accuracy and efficiency.

• Use his or her Internet Service Provider or otherwise have the ability to gain access to the Internet.

• Access URLs (web addresses) on the Internet (World Wide Web).

• Use online search tools/engines to locate materials on the web.

• Navigate forward and backward on web sites with links, frames, image maps, and other elements of website design.

• Troubleshoot a URL or link that is not working.

• Recognize when a “plug-in” is needed to view a particular web page element or file format.

• Print pages in the programs he or she uses, especially web browsers.

• Send, receive, reply to, and forward email.

• Send and receive email attachments (upload and download).

• Use a word processor and utilize its features efficiently.

• Copy and paste text across documents and software applications.

• Save a document or other file to a particular location and/or in a particular format (doc/docx/pdf).

• Find a file or document previously saved using computer file management systems (ie. Windows explorer).