Prepare for Online Learning
VDCI goes to great lengths to ensure our students have all the necessary support and resources to succeed in their career education. From our instructors to our learning platform, we have built an optimal online learning environment that is just as intuitive and interactive as in-person classes — whether or not you have experience with remote learning. Below are a few extra steps you can take to set yourself up for a successful learning experience.
Getting Your Computer Ready
- Before starting, please review the hardware requirements listed in your Individual Course, Course Bundle, or Certificate Program.
- Make sure you have the most recent version of the Google Chrome internet browser installed to load the Learning Hub and course materials.
- We recommend using two monitors for our software courses. One monitor can be used to view course videos and the other to display the software program you’ll be learning.
- If you do not have dual monitors, you can use a laptop or tablet to view the course videos and another computer to work on the software.
- To avoid any issues during your online learning experience, it is essential to have access to good-quality Internet bandwidth with a download speed of 10 Mbps.
Getting Organized for Class
Local Course Folder
- We recommend that you keep all of your course materials in one folder.
- We suggest creating a folder on your “Local C Drive” and populating it with the required VDCI files.
Welcome & Resources
- Each VDCI course will have a Welcome & Resources section that holds your syllabus, course video outline, and relevant PDFs.
- We suggest reviewing the syllabus and course video outline before starting your class and creating a study schedule. This will help you allocate your time and have a plan to help you stay on track before the course begins.
Getting Familiar With Course Videos
Watching Course Videos
- Because VDCI courses are accelerated, course videos are dense with information. We recommend watching videos at least twice through, once to take notes and digest the information, and again to follow along in the software.
- After your class ends, you will not have access to the course videos, so taking thorough notes is highly encouraged.
- For software classes, we recommend setting aside 10-15 hours a week to complete the course material successfully.