About Online Courses at Texarkana College

How does an online course work?

Distance Education courses are every bit as challenging as traditional courses. In order to succeed in a Distance Education course, you must be self motivated and be able to work well independently with minimum supervision. You do not see your instructor regularly, so you must be able to manage your time effectively and stay on track with your coursework. You also need strong reading and study skills.

Are you prepared for an online course?

You can also take a student readiness assessment. Click the link below to access the online SmarterMeasure Assessment Site. This assessment is a tool which helps you determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. You will be asked questions on topics in the areas of how well you can use a computer; how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are; how you prefer to learn new information; and you will even be able to measure your on-screen reading speed and comprehension. SmarterMeasure is just being provided by your school to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses better as you prepare to learn online. SmarterMeasure is a tool to help you succeed!

After completing the assessment you will view a webpage which will show you your scores in easy to interpret graphs and text. In addition to that, you may receive an email from your institution letting you know about sources for support in the areas in which you could use some assistance. SmarterMeasure is being provided by your school to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses better as you prepare to learn online. SmarterMeasure is a tool to help you succeed!

After completing the assessment, you will view a webpage which will show you your scores in easy to interpret graphs and text. In addition to that, you may receive an email from your institution letting you know about sources for support in the areas in which you could use some assistance.

Click on the link below to access the SmarterMeasure site, use the username and password below to login.

SmarterMeasure previously READI Assessment site

USERNAME: texarkana

PASSWORD: student

How does on online course work?

Students in online courses communicate with their instructor and classmates electronically via a course website. The instructor posts such things as lectures, assignments, announcements, and other information on the site. The class may respond with questions, comments, etc. Online students must have at a minimum:

  • Regular access to the internet and a computer (Texarkana College cannot be responsible for problems with your personal computer, so you should make sure the computer you are using is in working order. Your professors will not take “my computer, or the internet” caused a problem with me completing an assignment as an excuse.)
  • A recent version of a web browser. If your professor is using Moodle, and most are, you should use the Firefox web browser. Internet Explorer has some issues with Moodle.
  • High speed internet is almost a necessity. May classes require the student to watch videos, and dial-up will not handle the load.
  • The use of your my.texarkanacollege email address for class correspondence.
  • Current word processing software as required by the instructor. Some courses may have additional requirements. Computer literacy and experience with computer communication is recommended.

Will I be required to attend class meetings on campus?

You might be required to attend an orientation meeting at the beginning of the semester. Check the Course Orientation link to see what your professor requires. Many professors also require students to take some or all of their tests in the Texarkana College Testing Center. If you live more than 50 miles from Texarkana College, you may request your tests be taken at a proctored location.  Be sure to read the information about proctored tests on this website.  Make sure you read your course syllabus to see what your professor requires.

How do I enroll?

Register for our courses just as you would for a regular course. Visit the Admissions Office link for more information: https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/pages/178.asp