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New to Online Learning?

Get up to speed and ready for your first online course with these helpful resources. 

Before Your Course Begins, Ensure You Are TechReady

No matter your level of comfort with technology or experience with online learning, we’re here to help you be TechReady. Our TechReady site is your one-stop-shop for ensuring you’re ready to learn online. From here, you can explore hardware and software requirements, what skills you’ll need to succeed as an online learner, and tips and tools to help you along the way. Helpful tech resources and tutorials and are also available on the site.

Utilize the Virtual Mentor in Your Course

Many courses have a Virtual Mentor (VM) who can help you navigate the online course space. VMs assist with logistical/technical issues, provide tips and resources for success, and offer clarification and guidance in non-content related areas. Virtual Mentors are not instructors or teaching assistants.

Most VMs are Global Campus alumni, and have a lot of experience with online learning at WSU. If your course has a VM, look for the VM forum and take advantage of their expertise. 

Take Advantage of Available Resources

Here’s a quick list of resources that online students find helpful.

  • eTutoring: WSU students have access to free unlimited online tutoring through eTutoring. Sign up and find out what eTutoring has to offer so you’ll get help quickly when you need it.
  • WSU Libraries: The WSU Libraries staff and librarians are ready to help you find what you need for your assignment, and provide online access to databases, research tips, reference assistance, free book delivery, and more.
  • Cougar Success website: Get tips on time management, productivity, goal making, and more. Bookmark this website and stay on track to be the best you can be.
  • Wellbeing Online: This website is dedicated to helping students develop skills that foster a happy, balanced life by taking a holistic approach to healthy living.