Week 1: What’s Expected of an Online Student STANBRIDGE COLLEGE ORIENTATION TO ONLINE LEARNING
Prerequisites In order to begin any online course, students must meet certain prerequisites: Dedicated, distraction-free study space Computer with sufficient resources Software (Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash) Internet Access
Computer and Internet Requirements Student must have access to a computer with the required hardware and software requirements Windows XP, 7 or Vista Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)+ The online student must have access to the Internet Internet Explorer Version 8.0+ Safari 5.0+ Google Chrome 13.0+ Firefox 5.0+ Viewing compatibility requirements Latest version of Adobe Reader, Flash Player must be installed.
Software Microsoft Word is required. Students will be asked to do assignments using Word. Microsoft PowerPoint is required. Students may be asked to do PowerPoint slides.
Personal Study Space The student must have a relatively quiet, dedicated study space. Space should be distraction-free. Online access should also be available in this dedicated study space.
Responsibilities of Student The student should have the textbook prior to the start of course. Student should print out syllabus at start of course. Know the due dates of assignments, exams, and forum postings. Know the course outcomes Know how many forum postings per week Know the key topics of the course
Time Requirements of Course Students are responsible for committing to the time requirements of each course. A 4 unit course will require 10 -12 hours per week. A 5 unit course will require 12-13 hours per week.
Check Email and Website Online students should check the course website and email at least once every 48 hours. Once per day is preferred (if possible). Check course announcements, Discussion Forum postings
Discussion Forums and Attendance Student attendance is based on Discussion Forum postings each week. A minimum of 2-6 postings per week is required (based on course) Postings must consist of answers to questions and response to posting of another student. Postings must demonstrate critical thinking and substance. Postings cannot be mere social chatter or acknowledgements.
Attendance Week An attendance week is defined from Sunday, 12:01 AM to Monday, 11:59 PM. Students who do not make the minimum number of postings are considered absent and will be contacted by either the instructor or Director of Online Learning. No postings over 14 consecutive days may result in reprimand from the Dean of Instruction and possible dismissal from the program.
Weekly Reading Students are required to read materials every week. Read assigned pages from text or articles. Read Instructor Guidance notes on the website. Watch the Powerpoints and Videos (if any) on the website.
Weekly Assignments Students are required to complete a weekly assignment. Assignments may be problem-solving (such as mathematics), essay, short-answer, or research-oriented papers (as found in graduate courses).
Quizzes Students are required to complete a weekly quiz. The quizzes (if required by the instructor) are usually multiple-choice, true-false, or fill in the blank.
Term Paper A term paper may be required by some instructors. The student is responsible for writing his or her own term paper, usually in the manuscript format established by the APA (American Psychological Association).
Student Should Know Who to Contact for Help Students must know who to contact for help. Technical Problems with Edverum: edverum- firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Instructor for questions or problems on material Contact Director of Online Learning if tutoring required Dr. Jon Inouye: email@example.com X5258 Contact Librarian for help on writing, APA, references Scott Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org X5123 Director of Education for attendance problems: John Walker: email@example.com X5124 Student Services for attendance problems: Cynthia Griffin: firstname.lastname@example.org X5158
Summary of Student Responsibilities What is expected from an online student: Access to the Internet in distraction-free space Meets hardware/software requirements Can spend 10-12 hours per week on the course Check email, course site every 48 hours. Fulfill weekly reading requirements Make weekly Discussion Forum postings Complete weekly assignments Complete weekly quizzes Complete term paper (if required) Know who to contact if there are study problems.
What Can a Student Expect from an Instructor? An instructor must respond to student queries (from email or discussion forums) within 48 hours. An instructor must grade and provide adequate feedback on an assignment within 5 days of the submission date. An instructor must be available for two hours per week for office hours. In general: Instructor should be accessible to students and respond to assignments in a timely manner.
What Can a Student Expect from an Instructor? (cont’d) An instructor is not required to serve as private tutor when student requires extra help. Students falling behind should contact the Director of Online Learning for a private tutor. An instructor may serve as an individual tutor on a voluntarily basis only.