Faq onlinestudents fall'10

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  • 1. *Frequently Asked Questions
  • 2.
    • Jocelyn Arnold
    • Online course
    • Fall 2010 Grossmont College
  • 3.
    • 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.
  • 4.
    • 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).
  • 5.
    • 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
  • 6.
    • 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.
    It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle work.
  • 7.
    • 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.
  • 8.
    • 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 . 
  • 9.
    • 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.
  • 10.
    • 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.
    Answer: Online, not in a classroom.
  • 11.
    • 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.
  • 12.
    • 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.
  • 13.
    • 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). 
  • 14.
    • Answer:
    • 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.
  • 15.
    • Answer:
    • 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
  • 16.
    • Online links
      • GCCCD Online Tutorials
        • http://www.gcccd.net/online/tutorials/tutorials.htm
      • GCCCD Online Orientation
        • http://www.gcccd.net/online/orientation.htm
      • Login to Blackboard at GCCCD
        • http://bb.gcccd.edu