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eLearning

More and more assignments, exams, and courses at SUNY Cortland are hosted online in the Cortland eLearning System. eLearning could pose you with unique opportunities and challenges, depending on your learning style, disabilities, and strengths. Here are some helpful hints for eLearning.

  • Talk with your professor early. If possible, meet face-to-face before the semester starts. You should discuss how your accommodations will translate into an online learning environment. Here are how some accommodations might impact you, depending on your disability:
  1. Are there timed exams? Make sure your professor knows that you require extended time. Professors can easily grant individual students extended time on exams in eLearning.
  2. Do you receive note-taking as an accommodation? In most cases, professors provide notes or slides to all students in any lecture given online. Talk about this with your professor to ensure you will receive these.
  3. Do you receive E-text (electronic textbooks that your computer reads aloud) as an accommodation? If so, find out if your professor will be assigning readings that are available only in eLearning. Some such readings, especially if they are image-based PDFs, may not be accessible.
  4. Do you have a sight disability? Before the semester starts, log in to the course and experiment. Are you able to use your assistive technology to access everything? Is there video content that is inaccessible? Be sure to discuss your disability with the instructor so you can ensure you will be able to access any content added throughout the semester.
  5. Do you have a hearing disability? Ask your professor if there is any audio content in the course and discuss how it can be made accessible to you.
  6. In all cases, let your instructor know that Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman can serve as a resource to assist in making the course fully accessible.
  • Without a regularly scheduled class to attend, it is easy for some students to forget about the course amidst everything else in a busy life. Be sure to schedule regular times daily, or at least several times a week, that you will log in and attend to work in the course. Add those times to your daily planner, phone, or computer to remind you about them. Also at the beginning of the semester, add to your planner due dates for the entire semester.
  • Online courses often require writing in a discussion forum or another format in the eLearning platform. If the network, your Internet connection, or your computer has a problem while you are writing, you could lose your work. Be sure to complete and save your writing in a word processing application like Microsoft Word first. Then, simply copy and paste it into eLearning.
  • Many students learn best by interacting face-to-face with their professor and peers. In an eLearning course, you may not have the opportunity to do this unless you take the initiative. Be sure to stop by your professor's office hours occasionally throughout the semester to check in and ask questions. Contact others in the course and set up times to meet throughout the semester. You could work on assignments, study for exams, or just informally chat about the class and life.