Study Online

Am I Ready to Study Online?


An online program can be a convenient option for continuing your education, especially for people who thrive on the independence and freedom offered by online education. But you may be wondering if an online program is right for you.

Five Habits of Highly Successful Distance Learners

Compare yourself to the following list of five habits of highly successful distance learners to determine whether online classes are right for you:

  • Motivation to work independently and stay on task
  • Ability to work at a pace necessary to complete assignments
  • Good reading comprehension skills and aptitude to consume information without direct guidance
  • Ability to filter distractions that might get in the way of learning
  • Capacity to use online communications – email or discussion boards – to explore new concepts with peers


Technology and Systems Requirements

To ensure you have the best online course experience, you should have the following minimum technology and systems requirements:

Minimum Computer Requirements

  • 2 GHz processor
  • Broadband Internet connection (>=768kbps downstream)
  • Windows XP or higher/Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Webcam

Software Requirements

  • Web browser compatible with Moodle
  • Microsoft Word 2007 or newer
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or newer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer
  • Antivirus software
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Apple QuickTime 7 or newer
  • Windows Media Player 11 or newer
  • Java 1.6.0+

Style Guide: References for writing, citations and avoiding plagiarism


Modern Language Association (MLA)

The Owl at Purdue

How to Avoid Plagiarism


Southwestern Christian University takes a strong stand against plagiarism by our students. We offer a Christian-based learning environment that promotes Christian principles. These principles cover all aspects of student life at SCU, including academic and personal conduct.


Find out what plagiarism is, the various forms of plagiarism, and how to avoid it at


What is Plagiarism?

Educational tips on plagiarism prevention

A Plagiarism Guide for Students

Plagiarism FAQs

How do I cite sources?

What is citation?



SCU online students are reminded that conversing online and posting to discussion forums requires technology etiquette or "Netiquette."


Southwestern Christian University reserves the right to refuse to post, edit, or remove, in whole or in part, any information that is, in the University's sole discretion, of unacceptable or undesirable content.


THE CORE RULES OF NETIQUETTE The Core Rules of Netiquette are excerpted from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea.



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