Get the most out of your online learning experience:

  • Be disciplined & keep focused
  • Stay organized
  • Avoid distractions
  • Establish momentum & "keep the pace"
  • Communicate with instructor & classmates to develop a sense of "bonding" & community
  • Meet your deadlines (Do not wait until the last minute to complete assignments)
  • Ask questions immediately

  • Open Office:
  • Open Office is open source software, which means it is free.

  • Pursuing a college education is costly in terms of finances. The standard software for word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets is Microsoft Office, and there is no doubt that not everyone can afford to purchase it. Problematically, you need this type of software to succeed in college. However, the Internet is an exciting and growing community in terms of open source software, and is one of the most useful and FREE software programs available.

    If you do not have MS Word 2003 or 2007, it is a course requirement that you download this program immediately.

    After you have downloaded Open Office, follow either version of the following instructions, and the formatting will be set properly for all the essays in this course, which will lead to higher grades:

  • "PP 2: Setting the Defaults in Open Office (Power Point Presentation)" (a 2MB file, but it loads quickly with a high-speed connection)
  • "PP 2: Setting the Defaults in Open Office (Text document)" (without high-speed Internet, it is best to use this text-only file)