DISTANCE LEARNING ORIENTATIONCALDWELL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
INTRODUCTION TO LEARNING ONLINELearning online provides a convenient and flexible way to meet yourprogram needs. This online class is facilitated through BlackboardLearning Management System. The format allows you to access coursematerials prepared by your instructor. You have 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to your course assignments, lectures, readings, tests andquizzes, discussion forums and virtual chats from any location withInternet capability.Before you begin your coursework,be aware of the expectationsas well as the dedication requiredto be successful in this course.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL ONLINE LEARNERSPeople learn in different ways. Understandingyour own learning style will help you be successfulin this online course. Successful online students have the following personality traits • Responsibility: Following through with duties • Initiative: Starting thoughts and actions • Perseverance: Being persistent in pursuit of tasks • Industrious: Getting your work done; not procrastinating • Self-Reliance: Having trust in yourself and feeling confident • Works with Others: Working as a team toward common goals
SKILLS OF SUCCESSFUL ONLINE LEARNERSSuccessful online students have the following skills • Organization • Time Management • Concentration • Adaptability • Strong Reading • Good Writing • Test Preparation
COMPUTER BASICS Although you don’t need to be an expert with technology, you do need to be familiar with your computer system and be able to solve problems when they occur. Lack of the following skills will hinder your success in this online course• Recommended Technology Skills • Search the Internet and World Wide Web using a Web browser efficiently and effectively • Know how to start and use computer applications such as a word processor and email with attachments • Understand netiquette • Basic file management • Evaluate sources found on the Internet for validity and reliability • Access library books and periodicals over the Internet
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: HARDWARE AND SOFTWAREHardware Requirements• PC MacIntosh Pentium III/300MHz processor G3/300+ MHz processor 128+ MB memory 128+ MB memory 56K or faster Internet connection 56K or faster Internet connection CD-ROM drive MAC OS 10.2 or higher CD-ROM driveSoftware Requirements• Current anti-virus software, updated weekly-at least• Current browser recommendations: Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome• Word Processing Skills: You should know how to name, save, and retrieve a document as well as how to enter and edit text properly through a word processing program. You should also know how to change text format and style, set margins, line spacing, and tabs. Check spelling, grammar, word usage. Insert page numbers, page breaks, or section breaks.
ONLINE COURSE EXPECTATIONSThe design and management of your course will depend on the course demands andyour instructor. Most courses, though, will consist of the following components. If youhave trouble navigating your course, contact your instructor.•Assignments: You will have assignments designated for each week by date or topic.Your assignments may require reading, viewing, listening, writing, or completingactivities. A course calendar may be included with assignment due dates.•Homework: Depending on your course, you may be asked to turn in homework throughBlackboard’s assignment link, via email, or post a discussion to one of the many forums.•Lectures: Online lectures may be in the form of video, audio, slideshows, and/or text.•Discussions: Your course may make use of journals, blogs, wikis, and/or discussionboards in which you post comments and replies for other students in the course.•Tests &Quizzes: Assessments my be timed or set to display at certain times in thecourse. While most tests are conducted online, your instructor may require that you visitthe testing center on campus to complete your tests. If you need accommodations while learning online, please contact Disabilities Services and notify your instructor.
GRADING AND FEEDBACK• Most instructors respond to your emails and messages within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Although some instructors respond over weekends and holidays, you cannot be guaranteed a response during these times.• Some assignments, like large projects and essays, require extensive time to grade. You can expect delays in receiving grades on these assignments.• Instructors will designate a preferred method of communication. Follow your instructor’s guidelines for communication to ensure your questions and concerns are addressed.• If you fall behind in a course, immediately contact your instructor.• In most online courses, your grades and feedback will be posted in Learning Management Systems Grade Center. Check the Grade Center to keep up with your progress in the course.
ONLINE ATTENDANCE• Students are expected to log into the class frequently, if not daily, to keep up with assignments. Attendance for online instruction will be taken by completion of assignments.• Assignments for the week must be completed in order to be counted present in the course.• Logging in alone does not determine attendance in your online course.
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR INSTRUCTOR• Communication is vital to success in your online course. Keep in touch with your instructor and other members of your class. • Email: Use your student email @students.cccti.edu to communicate with your instructor. • Messaging: Messaging works a lot like e-mail; however, all messages that are created and sent stay inside Blackboard• With either of these systems, you dont have to worry about spam filtering or other roadblocks that can prevent e-mail delivery.
TIPS FOR ONLINE SUCCESS• Have ready access to a computer that meets the minimum requirements• Have a reliable Internet connection• Log on to your course regularly, every single day, several times a week• Make sure you have a private space where you can study• Do not procrastinate• Ask for help early and often• Understand real people are in your class. Be sensitive when responding in discussion forums• Stay connected with your instructor and other students
DISTANCE LEARNING HELPE-mail Help Desk Having login issues or Technical issues?Contact the CCC&TI Distance Learning Help Desk athttp://www.cccti.edu/DL/BBHelpRequestform.aspThis service is monitored from 8:00am-8:00pm Monday thru Thursdayand 8:00am-2:00pm on Friday. 24-7 Blackboard Log in Support If you need Blackboard assistanceafter operating hours or on a Holiday you can access our OnlineSupport Center Websiteor call 1.866.851.5713.Kristin Harrison, Director, Distance Learningkharrison@cccti.edu828-726-2707Office: B117
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY OF ONLINE LEARNERS• Academic Integrity It is the responsibility of every student, staff member, and instructor at CCC&TI to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. For this reason, the college will not tolerate any instance of plagiarism or cheating, or any act which violates standards necessary to maintain academic honesty.• Violations Violations of the colleges Academic Integrity Policy include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and participating in any other act of academic dishonesty.• Cheating Cheating includes taking, possessing, or using any academic material (test information, research papers, notes, etc.) without permission; receiving or giving help during tests; copying or attempting to copy another persons paper, exam, or other graded work; or allowing another to copy such paper, exam or graded work.• Plagiarism Plagiarism is defined as representing as ones own anothers work or ideas, or any part thereof, published or unpublished. It includes copying a phrase, sentence, or longer passage from anothers work and not identifying or citing that source; failing to cite a source fully; inadequate paraphrasing or summarizing; or attempting to pass off as ones own a paper written by another.