College is different from high school
A high school student having the opportunity to take a college class is a positive experience that helps many young people grow as learners and realize their ambition of completing a college degree. But high school students taking Dallas College dual credit courses must understand the
differences between high school and college.
Online study is different
- Online students are expected to learn mainly by engaging with online materials, supplementary resources and the completion of assessed work.
- Most college instructors teaching online classes don't hold real-time online courses.
Learn more about
how online study is different.
What can students do to make sure they succeed in online classes
Taking an online college class requires students to take on a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. Being successful depends on:
- Planning study time
- Making sure you have access to the right technology
- Making time to read the materials and take notes; an 8-week class requires about 12-18 hours studying each week
Knowing where to go for help
Find out more about
starting right with online classes.
What you can expect of instructors
Every online class has an instructor who is available to:
- Answer your questions about the course content
- Grade your assignments
- Help you succeed in the course
Find out more about
when to contact your instructor and how to reach out to them.
How can you help as a parent?
- Understand school during this period is not easy for instructors, students or parents.
- Help keep students on track – if your son or daughter is studying an 8-week class, and they need to be spending 12-18 hours on that class, ask them how have they planned that time and how can you help them stick to that plan.
Support success by asking your child questions like: What assignments are you looking forward to completing this week? Or: Tell me something new you learned today.
Online tools and resources
- Whether you are taking classes online or in person, it is important you know how to
log in to the eCampus portal and access your class.
- Make sure you can access your Dallas College email and read all communication from your instructor.
- Prepare for future instruction through eCampus by visiting the
- Your instructor will provide you with a syllabus and clear deadlines for completing your coursework each week. To succeed in your classes, prepare to meet these deadlines and log in to your course site at least once every 48 hours.
You should aim to spend between eight to 10 hours each week for each course you are enrolled in.
- Need more help? Dallas College offers a
variety of resources for our students. In addition, students can find community resources through
My Community Services and discounts from various businesses and organizations on our
student discount page (login required).
Contact your Dual Credit Office if you need more assistance.