Before You Register

Before You Register
This portion of the Student Orientation for Online Course website deals with what you need to know to before you register for an online or hybrid course.

Recognizing an online or hybrid course in the course schedule.
Online courses are listed in the schedule as “*Online or *Hybrid” and will list INTERNET under room location. In addition, online courses are usually designated as a section 90. Hybrid courses have no special section number.

NOTE: Some online courses are delivered from other institutions. You register for your course through the Garrett College Office of Records & Registration, but log onto the other institution’s LMS to participate in the course. The course schedule indicates the host institution and the start date.

These courses usually do not start on the same date as Garrett College courses! Students are responsible for knowing the start date for their course and making sure they have received their contact and login information from the host school.

If you have registered for one of these special courses, a letter containing the instructor and book information will be emailed to your Garrett College student email address approximately two to three weeks prior to the start of the course. You will need to order your textbook from the host institution. If you have registered for a course hosted by another institution and have not received information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 301-387-3155.

Is an online course right for me?
Online courses can be a wonderful alternative to students who do not have the time or ability to get to a campus classroom. Online learning in particular is also a great opportunity for those people who enjoy working independently. Many students have reported learning more in online classes than in face-to-face classes.

But online and hybrid courses are not for everyone. They differ greatly from traditional classroom courses in terms of how the material is presented and the nature of the interaction among class members and between the student and instructor. You may find that online and hybrid courses are not compatible with your learning style or discipline level. Before enrolling in an online course, take the following quiz which will help you assess whether online learning is right for you.

Complete the "Is Distance Learning for Me?" questionnaire to get a better idea of whether distance learning fits your learning style and lifestyle.

In addition, online and hybrid courses require you to have a functional computer, reliable internet service and a proficient level of computer skills. Complete the following activities to see check your computer and computer skills.

Run through this computer test to ensure that your computer will work with the LMS.
Complete the Computer Check

This survey helps you recognize what skills you will need to have or work on to be a successful online student.
Complete the Computer Literacy survey.