Set aside time each week to login.</li></ul>7<br />
Question: How much time do I have to spend online?<br />Answer: That it is up to you.<br /><ul><li>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. </li></ul>8<br />
Question: Do you have to log on at any particular time? <br />Answer: Usually not<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>9<br />
Question: Where do we meet for class?<br />Answer: Online, not in a classroom.<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>10<br />
Question: How will we communicate?<br />Answer: In many ways.<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>11<br />
Question: Is taking an online class easier than a “regular” class? <br />Answer: No<br /><ul><li>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.</li></ul>12<br />
Question: Do I have to have a computer at home? <br />Answer: No<br /><ul><li>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). </li></ul>13<br />
Question: What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class? <br />Answer:<br /><ul><li>Know how to use a web browser.