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Getting Started as an Online Student

We're glad you decided to become an online student!

Feeling stuck? Reach out to the Admissions Office for help becoming a student.

Online students apply for admission and go through the same steps as on-campus students. Choose the goal that describes what you wish to achieve by taking classes, and then follow a few steps to get enrolled. If you are only taking a few online courses and are not pursuing a degree, select “Steps to Enroll as Non-Degree Student”.

Learn how to Apply & Enroll

Meet with your academic advisor and then register by logging in to ExpressLane. Click on the myEnrollment tab. Here you can add or drop classes, change grading options, view your class schedule, and much more. Have other registration questions?

Before enrolling in writing or math classes, you will need to determine which course level is appropriate for you and you may need to take a placement test. The Testing Office can assist you with placement and help ensure you are successful in choosing the correct courses.

Be aware of important dates! Check the Registration Calendar and the Schedule Change Calendar for drop/refund dates.

Go to ExpressLane

These are some of the things you need to do to prepare for the term:

  • Find out what textbooks and materials are required for each course. 
  • Make sure you have the technology you need. Do you need to borrow a computer? Do you have reliable internet access?
  • Find distraction-free spaces where you can do school work.
  • Plan a weekly schedule with dedicated time to study.
  • Arrange for the support you need to help you take on this new challenge!

Moodle is Lane’s course management system where you will find your online courses. Courses become available to access in Moodle on the first day of the term. You may not see your course if you log in before then. Log in and get started as soon as the term starts. Instructors may drop students who don't log in or complete assignments due the first week.

Visit this link for more info about Moodle and a great video that shows you how to login.

Login to Moodle

There are an abundance of resources available to help you succeed as an online student.

Learn more about resources for online students

Not sure if Online learning is right for you?

Online classes are not easier than their face-to-face equivalents. To see if computer-based learning is for you, take our Online Readiness Survey to help you identify your strengths and opportunities for growth related to learning in a virtual environment.

Online isn’t quite right for you? There are several types of distance education courses available. See the differences to help you select which ones may be options for you on the Course Modalities page.