Online Learning

Online Learning

A student in an online classroom will have a very different experience than the traditional student in an on-campus classroom. As an online student, you will be at a different location from your instructor and other students. More learning activities will take place by attending class online through a course homepage.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers several programs and courses online. Anoka-Ramsey also offers the most online course credits of all two-year colleges in the State of Minnesota system. Online credit courses follow the traditional semester schedule and offer the same coursework as an on-campus course, but provide flexibility for completing the work via the internet.

D2L Brightspace is an online learning environment that is used for students enrolled in seated, hybrid, hyflex, and online courses. D2L quickly guides online teaching and learning and provides many tools for course instruction in the classroom and online. If you are a current student, you can access your courses through our online learning management system D2L BrightspaceClick the Sign on with StarID button. Your username is your StarID. Your password is your StarID password.

  • Hybrid or blended courses are a combination of both on-campus classroom meetings and online coursework. They will have fewer meeting times than a traditional classroom course, but will require students to review course materials, participate in discussions and complete assignments via the internet.

    Hyflex or blendflex courses are where students toggle between face-to-face, synchronous online and asynchronous online experiences running simultaneously. Students choose to attend as many or as few face-to-face sessions and they complete the course with no penalty.

    Mostly online courses have nearly all instruction delivered online. No more than two required activities or meetings of the class as a cohort may occur face to face in the same physical location. The course may have required proctored exams in addition to the one or two face to face meetings. The course may have required synchronous components.

    Completely online-asynchronous courses are delivered entirely online. There are no face-to-face meetings, no proctored exam requirements and no required synchronous meetings.

    Completely online-synchronous courses where all instruction is delivered online. There are no face-to-face meetings, no proctored exam requirements, but there are required synchronous meetings (class meets online at a specified time and day).

    • Take the SmarterMeasure assessment to determine if you will be successful online.
    • Check the course schedule for start/end dates and days/times your courses meet. Look at the Meeting Details and Notes sections by clicking on the course title.
    • Access your courses the first day or before classes begin even if you are taking a hybrid or hyflex course that meets in-person later that first week.
    • Navigate your courses the first week.  See how they are organized. Know where to access common tools like Content, Announcements, Classlist, Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes and Grades. Tour the course and ask questions when you cannot find a particular item.
    • Locate your syllabus and read it thoroughly.
    • Know your instructor’s contact information. Find out the best way to contact your instructor.
    • Contact your instructor with questions about the course.
    • Find a quiet place to learn.
    • Be respectful of others in online discussions and email.
    • Check your D2L courses often for announcements.
    • Set aside time each day to complete your course work.
    • Participate in class and don’t fall behind.
    • Provide feedback to your instructor when experiencing difficulties.
    • Check your college email often for important school and course information.
    • Know where to get D2L and other technical help. If your course has publisher course material from Cengage, McGraw-Hill or Pearson, locate the publisher’s technical support web page.
    • Use the various college student services that are available to you.
  • For Anoka-Ramsey students only

    SmarterMeasure helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses which might impact their success in hybrid, hyflex or online courses.  SmarterMeasure is a diagnostic tool used to gauge the likelihood of success for students participating in online education -- plus offer resources to help!.  This readiness indicator assesses and interprets seven areas that include Life Factors, Individual Attributes, Learning Styles, Reading Rate & Recall, Technical Competency, Technical Knowledge, and Typing Speed & Accuracy.

    Spend approximately 30 minutes completing the assessment. Upon completion, print a customized report that addresses your strengths and areas for improvements. Use the report for advising and planning sessions.

    Will you be successful online?  Answer five questions and find out!

    1. Are you ready for online learning? Take the SmarterMeasure assessment!

      Email D2LHelpdesk@anokaramsey.edu or contact your instructor for the Username and Password.

      Log in as “First Time User” to SmarterMeasure at http://arcc.smartermeasure.com.

    2. Can you log in to D2L Brightspace and access your online or hybrid course?
      Your online and hybrid courses will open at the course start date AND when your instructor makes the courses active. Go online the first day even if you are taking a hybrid
      class that meets in-person later that first week.

      If you haven’t yet, activate your StarID at https://starid.minnstate.edu/selfservice/activate.

      Go to the D2L Brightspace login at https://anokaramsey.learn.minnstate.edu/. Look at all resources available to you! Log in to D2L Brightspace:  StarID:  <Your StarID>   |   Password:  <Your StarID password>

    3. Have you initialized your official college email account through Microsoft Office 365?
      Go to https://www2.anokaramsey.edu/it/studentmail/.

    4. Have you ordered your books?
      Go to http://www.anokaramsey.edu/resources/bookstore/.

    5. What days, if any, does your class meet in-person?  Find your course in the course schedule.
      Go to http://www.anokaramsey.edu/academics/course-schedule-and-descriptions/.  Look at the Meeting Details and Notes sections by clicking on the course title.
    • Keyboarding skills are important.
    • Navigate the internet using a web browser.
    • Perform a web browser search.
    • Bookmark login pages of educational tools you will be using.
    • Learn common D2L tools and know where they are located within the course.
    • Access and send college email including attachments.
    • Use Microsoft Office or something similar to create documents.
    • Learn copy and paste functions and their shortcut keys.
    • Know how to save, retrieve, upload, and download files.
    • Use Powerpoint or something similar to create presentations.
    • View PDF files with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • Use Kaltura MediaSpace or something similar to create a video.
    • Play a recorded lecture presentation.
    • Be open to new online processes such as communicating via a discussion board or uploading assignments.
    • Join an online Zoom class meeting or office hour.
    • Know how to install software. Some courses may require that you install plug-ins.
    • Is online learning right for you? Take an online education quiz.
  • Access Course Material

    • Course material can consist of links to PDFs, Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, YouTube or Kaltura MediaSpace audio/video and publisher links. Content tool is found under the Materials menu. 

    Communication Options

    • Announcements: Faculty will post announcements on the course home page to notify students of updates and important course information.
    • Email: Students can send email to the instructor or classmates using the Classlist tool. Classlist is found under the Communications menu. 
    • Notifications: Course activity can be sent to a student’s email by editing their notifications settings.  Students can control how to receive notifications about course activity.  Students can receive a periodic summary of activity or receive instant notifications as things happen. In D2L, click on your name in the upper right corner. Click Notifications.
    • Text Messaging: Students can register their mobile device to receive notifications via text messaging.
    • Pulse App: Pulse helps students stay connected and on track with their courses. Learn about the Pulse mobile appGet Pulse on Google Play or download Pulse on the App Store.
    • Discussions: Some instructors use the Discussions tool for course questions, discussions between students and their classmates or 1-to-1 discussions between students and the instructor. Discussions is located under the Communications menu. 

    Assessment Options

    • Assignments (aka Dropbox): Instructors setup assignment folders for students to submit their assignments. Assignments is located under the Assessments menu. 
    • Quizzes: Instructors create quizzes to assess student learning. Quizzes can have a start and end date and come with time limits and/or special access. Quizzes is located under the Assessments menu. 
    • Grades: Instructors post student scores and feedback in the gradebook. Students can view their current grade at all times. Grades is located under the Assessments menu. 
  • Getting Started Using Kaltura MediaSpace

    Kaltura MediaSpace is a streaming media platform that lets students create audio recordings, webcam videos and screen captures and either link to or embed them in a D2L course.  Instructors record lectures in MediaSpace and link to them in D2L’s Content area. Students should upload media to their MediaSpace account instead of D2L. Users must download and install MediaSpace’s Kaltura Capture application. View videos related to Kaltura Capture.

    Getting Started Using Zoom

    Zoom is a web conferencing platform.  Instructors setup online class meetings or office hours using Zoom. Links to online meetings are posted in D2L courses. Students can setup their own Zoom meetings to collaborate in groups. Before using Zoom, learn about Zoombombing and how to prevent it.

    Get Office 365 for Free

    Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Technical College registered students have access to Microsoft Office 365 for free. Students get access to Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher, Skype, OneDrive and more.

    Build Skills Using Azure Development Software

    Azure for Education is a subscription-based offering for accredited schools and departments providing access to tools commonly used in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. It provides professional developer and designer tools, software and services from Microsoft to faculty and students.

  • In addition to Anoka-Ramsey’s Tutoring Services, registered students can access Tutor.com online tutoring service (up to 15 hours per school year). This service provides personalized support to students through 24x7 online tutoring. Students can connect with over 3,000 qualified tutors, view replays and transcripts of previous sessions, drop off an essay for review and feedback and save your favorite tutors and see their schedule of availability.

    All D2L courses are created with a template that includes a Tutoring widget. Students should access Tutor.com through D2L courses only.

  • The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) helps learners gain access to information needed for their education. If you encounter any challenges in accessing online material, contact OSD at 763-433-1350 or email DisabilityServices@anokaramsey.edu or visit the OSD website.

    Anoka-Ramsey uses D2L Brightspace learning environment for the delivery of seated, hybrid, hyflex and online courses. D2L is committed to accessibility in education and meets accessibility standards.

    ReadSpeaker is an online text-to-speech technology that is integrated in D2L and in Anoka-Ramsey’s college website. This powerful tool can read aloud office and pdf files, quizzes, and discussions in D2L, set the reading speed, translate text into multiple languages, download text as an audio file and more. After logging in to D2L, click the ReadSpeaker Text-to-Speech Options link at the top of the page to get started. On the college’s website, go to a page and click on the Listen button to get started.

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