1. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Online Courses<br />
3. Question: <br />Is an online class the same as a self-paced class?<br />Answer: NO<br /><ul><li>Most online classes are NOT self-paced.
4. Usually homework, other activities, and online class participation must be completed by deadlines.
5. Many instructors set the deadline for midnight on Saturday to assist those who work Monday – Friday.
6. Use a calendar for deadlines.
7. Set aside time each week to login.</li></li></ul><li>Question: <br />How much time do I have to spend online?<br />Answer: That is up to you<br /><ul><li>You should plan to spend at least the same amount of time you would spend on a face-to-face class.
8. For a one unit class -- you'll spend a minimum of one hour a week looking at some of the class resources, checking on assignments, contributing to discussions, and posting homework.
9. You’ll probably spend another 3 hours on reading, practice activities and homework. </li></li></ul><li>Question: Do I have to log on at a particular time?<br />Answer: Usually NOT.<br />You will have deadlines by which to submit your homework, but WHEN you complete that work is usually up to you. <br />Your instructor MAY require chat sessions or other real time activities.<br />It’s important NOT to leave it to the last minute to do your work or to submit it. <br />If you have trouble connecting to your ISP or the course website, then your assignments will be late.<br />
10. Question: Where do we meet for class?<br />Answer: Online, not in a classroom.<br />Other than the orientation meeting, most online courses don't really "meet" in a physical face to face sense. <br />We'll interact regularly through the Internet. <br />We'll be using some software called Desire2Learn and using the Los Rios eLearning web server. <br />Course materials are available on the course web pages, the bulletin boards, announcements and email.<br />
11. Question: How will we communicate?<br />Answer: In many ways.<br />We'll communicate with each other using web-based bulletin boards, chat rooms and email. <br />The instructor is available to you through email, voicemail and virtual office hours. <br />On-campus office hours are also available by appointment.<br />These same tools will be used for student-to-student communication also.<br />
12. Question: Is taking a class online easier than a "regular" class?<br />Answer: No.<br />Some students think an online class is even more demanding than a face-to-face class.<br />You have to stay motivated and stay on top of your work for the class. <br />The workload in an online class is usually identical to an on-site class on the same topic.<br />
13. Research shows that most Successful Online Studentsare:<br />Self-motivated and self-starters, <br />Have good organizational skills,<br />Have good time-management skills,<br />Are familiar with computers and the Internet, <br />Are resourceful and actively seek answers and solutions to questions and problems.<br />
14. Question: Do I have to have a computer at home?<br />Answer: NO<br />Access to a computer at home makes it easier, but you do NOT have to own a computer for an online class. <br />Students can access computers on the campus in several locations (the Learning Resource Center, and the Business Computer lab, for example) or at other district colleges. <br />Some students complete online classes from work (with permission from their employer, of course). <br />
15. Question: What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class? Answer:<br />Know how to use a web browser. <br />Know how to use an email program. <br />Know how to make and organize bookmarks in your browser software. <br />Some familiarity with web-based interactions--bulletin boards, chat and mailing lists will also be useful. <br />Some familiarity with word processing. <br />Experience in successful Internet searches using a variety of search engines.<br />
16. Question:What Is Expected from StudentsAnswer:<br />As in a regular face-to-face class, your instructor expects that you will adhere to standards of:<br />courtesy, <br />professionalism, and <br />academic honesty.<br />Participate with appropriate consideration for each other and for the instructor. <br />Your e-mails and web postings should:<br />be on the topic at hand, <br />be appropriate and <br />should reflect a professional demeanor.<br />
17. Do You Know Online Etiquette? <br />Identify yourself by name in each email or posting.<br />Be supportive and constructive in your comments to each other.<br />Help and support each other.<br />Everyone will benefit from a positive online learning environment.<br />Read information on Online Etiquette. (Use the Back button to come back and finish the presentation.)<br />
18. Academic Honesty:<br />It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle work. <br />You must not: <br />take others’ thoughts or words without appropriate acknowledgment; <br />submit work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person; <br />submit work that you have submitted for another class. <br />
19. Be sure to get the following Course Information from your instructor:<br />Course Objectives<br />Course Expectations <br />Assignments<br />How to submit assignments<br />How to label files<br />How to address your emails to the instructor<br />Grading Policies<br />Other course issues<br />
20. Video Clips and Animations<br />Another section of the Orientation will demonstrate some of the online tools that we’ll use for the course<br />You can read the written instructions or watch the video demonstrations.<br />Link to an Orientation on: <br />Using Los Rios eLearning Desire2Learn<br /> Other tools for <br />Getting Started.<br />
21. Contact your instructor <br />if you have <br />any other questions. <br />
22. Login to Los Rios eLearningby clicking on the link below.<br />Happy Computing! <br />