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  • 1. Introduction To Online Learning Prince George’s Community College
  • 2. Welcome….
    • Purpose of this session
    • Distance Learning Center Contacts
    • Distance Learning Web Site http://www.pgcconline.com
  • 3. Introduction To Online Learning
    • Go to www.pgcconline.org
    • Click on Introduction to Online Learning
  • 4. Www.pgcconline.org
  • 5. Www.pgcconline.org
  • 6. What is Online Learning?
    • Your computer becomes your classroom
    • Interact with fellow students and your instructor through email and Blackboard
    • Flexible, convenient…NOT EASIER!!!!!
    • Requires a minimum of 6-9 hours/week
    • Includes discussions, assignments, exams … and FIRM deadlines
  • 7. It’s About Time….
    • Requires a minimum of 6-9 hours/week
    • True: You don’t come to campus so you save time
    • Also True: You must spend just as much time studying
  • 8. So…
    • You must have time OR
    • Find the time to study each week
  • 9. Who Should Take An Online Course?
    • Successful online students have both:
      • Technology Skills
      • “ Student” Skills
  • 10. Technology
      • Hardware: Pentium class computer
        • at least 32 MB RAM
        • a 28.8 modem
      • An Internet Service Provider
      • Your own email account
  • 11. Technology Skills
    • Able to navigate using the Internet
    • Basic Skills
      • Type
      • Use a mouse
      • Able to Cut, Copy and Paste text
      • Able to use email
      • Able to attach a file
  • 12. “Student Skills” - Questions To Ask
    • “ Is Distance Learning Right For Me?”
    • What grades do you typically earn?
    • Do you understand and remember what you read?
    • Do you meet deadlines?
  • 13. Read the Course Syllabus! RTCS
    • The syllabus explains the course organization, the grading policy, the types of assignments & other important information. RTCS
    • You are expected to read the syllabus & know its contents. I suggest you print & save it. RTCS
    • Many questions you will be tempted to ask the instructor in an email have already been answered in the syllabus. RTCS
  • 14. So, you have a question!
    • How do you ask the instructor a question in an online course? Some possibilites are emails, chats conferences & phone calls.
    • However, rather than answer the same question a “gazillion” times via email, many instructors answer student questions in a conference designated for that purpose & reserve email for highly personal questions only.
    • Learn your OL instructor’s communication policy and follow it.
  • 15. When is it due?
    • Contrary to popular belief, most online courses are not self-paced ; their assignments have firm due dates. The instructor sets the pace.
    • Find the course calendar ! Learn the due dates for the assignments in your online course.
    • Are there any penalties for lateness ? For what circumstances, if any, can you submit work late?
  • 16. What about office hours?
    • Scheduled online chats are used by some online faculty as office hours.
    • An office hour chat is a great opportunity to ask questions & get immediate answers.
    • Find out if your instructor holds online office hours & “attend” them.
  • 17. I wrote it; now how do I turn it in?
    • “ Can’t I just send it as an email attachment?” Maybe, maybe not!
    • Each instructor has a policy about how to submit homework.
    • Learn your instructor’s policy and follow it.
      • Hint: Check the course syllabus. RTCS
  • 18. Mysterious Emails & Filenames!?
    • Want credit for your homework? Name files in a recognizable way:
      • E.g., tjones_ae02 for Tom Jones’Analytical Essay #2
    • Always include your name & the assignment name at the head of the document.
    • Want to have an email answered? Then, identify yourself by full name & include course name & reference number.
  • 19. Tour Of Blackboard
    • Login (Handout)
    • Welcome Page
    • Navigation
    • Getting Help
    • Statistics
    • Major Features
        • Announcements
        • Course Information
        • Communication Tools Bulletin Board Send email
        • Digital Drop Box Handout
  • 20. Tips for Success
    • Budget your time
    • Don’t procrastinate; don’t get behind
    • Meet deadlines
    • Login to Blackboard often (3-5 times per week minimum )
    • Always save a copy of your files
    • Participate actively
    • Do your work “off line” and save your files to disk before you send them
    • Confused? Need Help? Questions? Ask your instructor and classmates!
  • 21. Resources
    • More Information About Online Learning at http://www.marylandonline.org/prospective_students/ including articles about online learning, self-assessments, “Successful Students Checklist”

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