6/13/10 1 Orientation for Internet-based Courses


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6/13/10 1 Orientation for Internet-based Courses

  1. 1. Orientation for Internet-based Courses Barbara Kerns, ALC/ Distance Learning Coordinator [email_address] 252-862-1232
  2. 2. The Student Will Learn: <ul><li>Minimum technology requirements and skills </li></ul><ul><li>How to get started in your course </li></ul><ul><li>How to move throughout the course </li></ul><ul><li>How to take tests </li></ul><ul><li>How to get help when needed </li></ul><ul><li>How to use Campus Cruiser </li></ul><ul><li>How to use the discussion board </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for success </li></ul>
  3. 3. What You’ll Need <ul><li>Easy access to a computer, IBM compatible 486 or better, including all Pentiums with Windows 95 or better OR a Macintosh 68040, including all Power PC machines with OS 7.1 or higher </li></ul><ul><li>Internet access either via 56K modem and phone line or a direct network connection </li></ul><ul><li>Access to required software </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect (RTF) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What You’ll Need <ul><li>Web Browser (Netscape 4.0, Internet Explorer 3.0 –AOL requires most recent version </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail service, preferably Campus Cruiser </li></ul><ul><li>A minimum of 6 hours a week to work on your course work </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Skills and an alternate plan (LRC/CAI Lab) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Getting Started <ul><li>The first day of class is January 7. The sooner you start, the better; however, your first contact must be made before January 19 at 11:59 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your instructor via e-mail, phone or visit. Provide full name, Social Security #, phone #, and e-mail address. </li></ul><ul><li>*Contact information is on the DL Web site, posted signs, and the semester schedule. </li></ul><ul><li>Wait a day or so for your personal login. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Getting Started <ul><li>Once you receive login information from the instructor, access the College’s Web site at www.roanokechowan.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Distance Learning . The secret word is penny. The Distance Learning Web page contains important student information and links to Blackboard and other relevant information. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Finding the Course <ul><li>Click on “Blackboard.” Blackboard is the software that hosts courses. If the link for our Web page is not available, try the following link: http://disted.roanokechowan.edu. </li></ul><ul><li>Screen will change to a Blackboard login screen similar to the one following. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The welcome screen looks like the one below . Click on the Login button.
  9. 9. Welcome screen changes to a login screen as shown below. Enter your personal login information and click on the login button. Screen changes to the first page in your course as shown next.
  10. 10. <ul><li>Courses you are taking are listed on the right side of the screen as indicated. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Click on the course; screen opens to the student desktop, similar to this one. Important! Notice the logout button near the top of the course page; failure to logout at session’s end may prevent you from re-entering .
  12. 12. Navigating the Course <ul><li>Announcements are always in the middle of the screen. It may appear that announcements have disappeared, but you can always find them by way of the tab indicator near the top of screen. </li></ul><ul><li>Buttons to the left are links where information is kept. Please click on each link to view its contents. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Taking Tests <ul><li>Tests are usually found someplace on the desktop; instructors place them in different places. </li></ul><ul><li>Unless stated otherwise, all tests are to be taken without books or notes . </li></ul><ul><li>Do Not Open a Test Until You are Ready to Take It ! The only way to get back into a test is by way of the instructor. Tests should be completed when you are least likely to be interrupted by phone calls. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Taking Tests (cont’d) <ul><li>Pay attention - tests may be timed. </li></ul><ul><li>Your grade can be found under ”Check Grade” under the Tools button, or your grade may be e-mailed to you. </li></ul><ul><li>For some courses, the exam must be taken on campus or at another testing center . If this is the case, it will be specified early in the semester. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Getting Help <ul><li>Contact the instructor for specific questions about course content. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek help from fellow students as well. </li></ul><ul><li>For other problems, contact Barbara Kerns, Distance Learning Coordinator, as necessary. She is located in the Learning Resources Center, and may be phoned at 252-862-1232 or e-mailed at kernsb@roanokechowan.edu. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Getting Other Resources <ul><li>For research needs, contact the Learning Resources Center at 252-862-1209 or go to the website and click on the Learning Resources Center link. </li></ul><ul><li>For administrative needs (financial aid, counseling, grades, registration, tutoring, etc.), contact Student Services at 252-862-1305. The secretary will connect you with the appropriate person. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Campus Cruiser an email system provided by the college <ul><li>Log on to Campus Cruiser </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At the address bar in your browser window (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.), type http://prod.campuscruiser.com/rccc/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link also at the RCCC home page (near bottom of page) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you need help, see the link for Campus Cruiser Log-In Instructions. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If additional help is needed, call Mary Lou Byrum at 862-1240. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Tips for Success <ul><li>Acquire technical skills as soon as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Be an explorer and read to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete assignments on time. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with your instructor and other students as needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Take credit only for your own work. </li></ul><ul><li>Start on time, keep up, and pay attention to due dates. </li></ul><ul><li>Check announcements and email everyday for new information. </li></ul>
  19. 19. More tips <ul><li>Take responsibility for your own learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek help early </li></ul><ul><li>Be persistent and READ, READ, READ! </li></ul><ul><li>Students needing further assistance should seek help from the LRC staff. You may also wish to complete the Blackboard orientation in the CAI Lab. </li></ul>