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A modified version of the FAQ for Online students, for ED-214

A modified version of the FAQ for Online students, for ED-214



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  • FAQ* for Online Students
    *Frequently Asked Questions
    adapted by P. Blanco, Grossmont College
  • ASTR110-ED214: Introduction to Astronomy
    Instructor: Dr. Philip Blanco, Grossmont College, California, USA.
    Email:Philip.Blanco @ gcccd.edu (by far the best method)
    Office: 34-158. Phone: +1 (619) 644-7312.
    Web page:http://www.grossmont.edu/philipblanco
    Online office hours (using Blackboard Chat):
    Mon/Wed 1-2:30pm,
    Tue/Thu 7-8pm (all times Pacific USA)
    Textbook: The Essential Cosmic Perspective, 5th ed. by Bennett et al.
    ISBN-10: 0321566947:
  • 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 calledMasteringAstronomy, available with the textbook.  
    • 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
    • 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
    Contact your instructor if you have
    any other questions.