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    • FAQ’s * for Online Students
      *Frequently Asked Questions
    • Dev Gonzales OTI-Sp11
      This is a development class in the Online Teaching Institute. This course will explode your mind to creative things.
    • Research shows that most successful Online students are:
      • Self-motivated and self-starters
      • Have good organizational skills
      • Have good time-management skills
      • Are familiar with computers and the Internet
      • Are resourceful and actively seek answers and solutions to questions and problems.
    • Do You Know Online Etiquette?
      • Identify yourself by name in each email or postings.
      • Be supportive and constructive in your comments to each other.
      • Everyone will benefit from a positive online learning environment.
      • Read information on Online Etiquette (use the back button to come back and finish the presentation).
    • Be sure to get the following course information for your instructor:
      • Course objectives
      • Course expectations
      • Assignments
      • How to submit assignments
      • How to label files
      • How to address your e-mails to the instructor
      • Grading Policies
      • Other course issues
    • Academic Honesty:
      It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle work.
      You must not:
      • Take others’ thoughts or words without appropriate acknowledgment.
      • Submit work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person.
      • Submit work that you have submitted for another class.
    • Question: Is an online class the same as a self-paced class?
      Answer: NO
      • Most online classes are NOT self-paced.
      • Usually homework, other activities, and online class participation must be completed by deadline.
      • Many Instructors set the deadline for midnight on Saturday to assist those who work Monday-Friday.
      • Use a calendar for deadlines.
      • Set aside time each week to login.
    • Question: How much time do I have to spend online?
      Answer: That it is up to you.
      • You should plan to spend at least the same amount of time you would spend on a face-to-face class.
      • 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.
      • You’ll probably spend another 3 hours on reading, practice activities and homework. 
    • Question: Do you have to log on at any particular time?
      Answer: Usually not
      • You will have deadlines by which to submit your homework, but WHEN you complete that work is usually up to you.
      • Your instructor MAY require chat sessions or other real time activities.
      • It’s important NOT to leave it to the last minute to do your work or to submit it.
      • If you have trouble connecting to your ISP or the course website, then your assignments will be late.
    • Question: Where do we meet for class?
      Answer: Online, not in a classroom.
      • Other than the orientation meeting, most online courses don't really "meet" in a physical face to face sense.
      • We'll interact regularly through the Internet.
      • We'll be using some software called Desire2Learn and using the Los Rios eLearning web server.  
      • Course materials are available on the course web pages, the bulletin boards, announcements and email.
    • Question: How will we communicate?
      Answer: In many ways.
      • We'll communicate with each other using web-based bulletin boards, chat rooms and email.
      • The instructor is available to you through email, voicemail and virtual office hours.
      • On-campus office hours are also available by appointment.
      • These same tools will be used for student-to-student communication also.
    • Question: Is taking an online class easier than a “regular” class?
      Answer: No
      • Some students think an online class is even more demanding than a face-to-face class.
      • You have to stay motivated and stay on top of your work for the class.
      • The workload in an online class is usually identical to an on-site class on the same topic.
    • Question: Do I have to have a computer at home?
      Answer: No
      • Access to a computer at home makes it easier, but you do NOT have to own a computer for an online class.
      • 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.
      • Some students complete online classes from work (with permission from their employer, of course). 
    • Question: What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class?
      • Know how to use a web browser.
      • Know how to use an email program.
      • Know how to make and organize bookmarks in your browser software.
      • Some familiarity with web-based interactions bulletin boards, chat and mailing lists will also be useful.
      • Some familiarity with word processing.
      • Experience in successful Internet searches using a variety of search engines.
    • Question: What is expected of students?
      • As in a regular face-to-face class, your instructor expects that you will adhere to standards of:
      • Courtesy
      • Professionalism
      • Academic honesty
      • Participate with appropriate consideration for each other and for the instructor.
      • Your emails and web postings should:
      • On the topic at hand
      • Be appropriate
      • Should reflect a professional demeanor
    • Getting Started Online
      • Another section of the orientation will demonstrate some of the online tools that we’ll use for the course.
      • You can read the written instructions or watch the video demonstrations.
      • Online links
      • Try our FREE sample class
      • http://d2lresources.losrios.edu/free_sample_class.htm
      • Overview of Desire2Learn at Los Rios eLearning
      • http://d2lresources.losrios.edu/index.htm
      • Login to Desire2Learn at Los Rios eLearning
      • https://d2l.losrios.edu/
      Contact your instructor if you have
      any other questions.