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Check our COVID-19 Guide for updates on Library services and resources.

Disability Resources

Committed to providing an accessible learning environment to all our students.

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You are also invited to participate in a short survey about your online learning and how we can best support you in the fall 2020 semester.

Click here to complete the online survey.

Strategies for Online Learning

During the COVID-19 disruption to classes, there will be many adjustments and unanticipated changes. This guide is intended to provide some strategies and resources to support your learning. Disability Resources remains open and committed to supporting students and our team is here to help. If you would like to connect with a Disability Resources Coordinator to discuss how your accommodations fit with the design of your online course or study strategies and resources, please book an appointment here or call 403.357.3629.

Academic Support

Academic Support is available to all Red Deer College Students to support their learning. To find out more about this and how to book virtual appointments with the Learning Skills Strategist, Tutors, Writing Skills Centre, Math Centre or ESL Tutor, please click here:

RDC Online Instructor Message

An encouraging message from our instructors from across the College.

Strategies & Tips

  • Use your online course as an opportunity to develop organizational and time management skills.
  • Treat your online course just as you would an on-campus course by scheduling time, preparing in advance and accessing necessary resources.
  • Good time management is necessary and creating a study plan and schedule that works for you will be important to stay on track with assignments and completing the course.
  • Plan for additional time to check in with your course and ensure you are aware of approaching deadlines or changes to those deadlines.
  • Instructors will also regularly post course updates, changes to schedules and further information throughout the course.
  • Try to minimize distractions whilst you are completing your work by avoiding them (e.g. put your phone on silent) and studying in a comfortable and dedicated space.
  • Log into your course on Blackboard and review the course outline. Course outlines can also be found on the RDC website.
  • This will give you information about the course, the delivery format, assessment and also link to any relevant policies that you may require.
  • The course outline should also contain contact information for the instructor, including their office hours and how you can reach them.
  • If you have any questions about your accommodations and how this will fit with the course delivery and assessments, please contact your instructor to review this.
  • You can view your eligible accommodations through your Access+ account.
  • Spend some time exploring the layout and organization of the course on Blackboard.
  • Review the resources, explore the menu and submission guidelines for assignments etc.
  • You may be asked to write tests and exams online through Blackboard so it may be useful to understand how this may work before your first exam.
  • Also spend the time to find out how announcements and information about your course assignments will be provided.
  • Find out more about Blackboard @ RDC including how to navigate Blackboard.
  • Engaging with your class and instructors is a key aspect of online learning.
  • Think of the course discussion boards as virtual class discussions.
  • They are a great opportunity to share ideas with peers and your instructors.
  • Making connections with your peers in an online course can be challenging, but it is worth the extra effort to engage and participate in the collective learning experience.
  • Use online tools and apps to connect, ask questions, share ideas and engage.
  • Find more information about available technology and digital tools here
  • Use your learning style when taking notes.
  • Be accountable and take responsibility and ownership for your learning.
  • Develop good habits to manage your time and avoid procrastination.
  • Give yourself the best opportunity for success in your online class by committing to completing the required activities and readings.
  • These are included in the course by the instructors to support your learning and choosing to not complete them will often make the course more challenging.
  • If you are unsure of some of the content provided, connect with your instructor for further information.
  • You can also access online resources through the RDC Library subject guides.
  • Be prepared for glitches and issues with technology.
  • Regularly back up your work and let your instructors know as soon as possible if you are experiencing difficulties with your computer so that they can work with you to support your learning.
  • If your computer fails, you may be able to borrow a computer from the RDC Library. Find out how on the RDC Library during the COVID19 Pandemic page.
  • You can find out more about RDC's On-Line Services for Students on the RDC IT Services webpage here. You will need to use Loop log in credentials to access the webiste.
  • As an RDC Student you have access to a Microsoft Office 365 account which includes the full Office applications. Find out more about your student Office 365 account here.