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Faq for online students

  1. 1. <ul><li>Frequently Asked Questions </li></ul>FAQ’s * for Online Students
  2. 2. Course Info Astronomy 300 Laura Legé Office Hours: Monday &Wednesday 12:30-2:00 Room 306 [email_address]
  3. 3. Research shows that most successful Online students are: <ul><li>Self-motivated and self-starters </li></ul><ul><li>Have good organizational skills </li></ul><ul><li>Have good time-management skills </li></ul><ul><li>Are familiar with computers and the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Are resourceful and actively seek answers and solutions to questions and problems. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Do You Know Online Etiquette? <ul><li>Identify yourself by name in each email or postings. </li></ul><ul><li>Be supportive and constructive in your comments to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone will benefit from a positive online learning environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Read information on Online Etiquette (use the back button to come back and finish the presentation). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Be sure to get the following course information for your instructor: <ul><li>Course objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Course expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to submit assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to label files </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to address your e-mails to the instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Grading Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Other course issues </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>You must not: </li></ul><ul><li>Take others’ thoughts or words without appropriate acknowledgment. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit work that you have submitted for another class. </li></ul>Academic Honesty: It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle work.
  7. 7. <ul><li>Most online classes are NOT self-paced. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually homework, other activities, and online class participation must be completed by deadline. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Instructors set the deadline for midnight on Saturday to assist those who work Monday-Friday. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a calendar for deadlines. </li></ul><ul><li>Set aside time each week to login. </li></ul>Answer: NO Question: Is an online class the same as a self-paced class?
  8. 8. Answer: That it is up to you. Question: How much time do I have to spend online? <ul><li>You should plan to spend at least the same amount of time you would spend on a face-to-face class. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll probably spend another 3 hours on reading, practice activities and homework .  </li></ul>
  9. 9. Question: Do you have to log on at any particular time? Answer: Usually not <ul><li>You will have deadlines by which to submit your homework, but WHEN you complete that work is usually up to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Your instructor MAY require chat sessions or other real time activities. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important NOT to leave it to the last minute to do your work or to submit it. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have trouble connecting to your ISP or the course website, then your assignments will be late. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Question: Where do we meet for class? <ul><li>Other than the orientation meeting, most online courses don't really &quot;meet&quot; in a physical face to face sense. </li></ul><ul><li>We'll interact regularly through the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>We'll be using some software called Desire2Learn and using the Los Rios eLearning web server.   </li></ul><ul><li>Course materials are available on the course web pages, the bulletin boards, announcements and email. </li></ul>Answer: Online, not in a classroom.
  11. 11. Answer: In many ways. Question: How will we communicate? <ul><li>We'll communicate with each other using web-based bulletin boards, chat rooms and email. </li></ul><ul><li>The instructor is available to you through email, voicemail and virtual office hours. </li></ul><ul><li>On-campus office hours are also available by appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>These same tools will be used for student-to-student communication also. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Answer: No Question: Is taking an online class easier than a “regular” class? <ul><li>Some students think an online class is even more demanding than a face-to-face class. </li></ul><ul><li>You have to stay motivated and stay on top of your work for the class. </li></ul><ul><li>The workload in an online class is usually identical to an on-site class on the same topic. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Answer: No Question: Do I have to have a computer at home? <ul><li>Access to a computer at home makes it easier, but you do NOT have to own a computer for an online class. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Some students complete online classes from work (with permission from their employer, of course).  </li></ul>
  14. 14. Answer: Question: What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class? <ul><li>Know how to use a web browser. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to use an email program. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to make and organize bookmarks in your browser software. </li></ul><ul><li>Some familiarity with web-based interactions bulletin boards, chat and mailing lists will also be useful. </li></ul><ul><li>Some familiarity with word processing. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience in successful Internet searches using a variety of search engines. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Answer: Question: What is expected of students? <ul><li>As in a regular face-to-face class, your instructor expects that you will adhere to standards of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Courtesy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic honesty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Participate with appropriate consideration for each other and for the instructor. </li></ul><ul><li>Your emails and web postings should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the topic at hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should reflect a professional demeanor </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Getting Started Online <ul><li>Another section of the orientation will demonstrate some of the online tools that we’ll use for the course. </li></ul><ul><li>You can read the written instructions or watch the video demonstrations. </li></ul><ul><li>Online links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try our FREE sample class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://d2lresources.losrios.edu/free_sample_class.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of Desire2Learn at Los Rios eLearning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://d2lresources.losrios.edu/index.htm </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Login to Desire2Learn at Los Rios eLearning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>https://d2l.losrios.edu/ </li></ul></ul></ul>Contact your instructor if you have any other questions.