Is an online class the same as a self-paced class?
• Most online classes are NOT self-paced.
• Usually homework, other activities, and online class
participation must be completed by deadlines.
• 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.
How much time do I have to spend online?
• 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
• You’ll probably spend another 3
hours on reading, practice activities
Answer: That is up to you
Do I have to log on at a particular time?
• 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.
Answer: Usually NOT.
Where do we meet for class?
• Other than the orientation meeting, most online
courses don't really "meet" in a physical face to face
• We'll interact regularly through the Internet.
• We'll be using some software called Desire2Learn and
using the Los Rios eLearning web server.
• Course materials are available on the course web
pages, the bulletin boards,
announcements and email.
Answer: Online, not in a classroom.
How will we communicate?
• 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
• On-campus office hours are also
available by appointment.
• These same tools will be used for
Answer: In many ways.
Is taking a class online easier than a "regular" class?
• 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.
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
• Are resourceful and actively seek
answers and solutions to questions and
Do I have to have a computer at home?
• Access to a computer at home makes it easier,
but you do NOT have to own a computer for an
• 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
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.
What Is Expected from Students
• As in a regular face-to-face class, your instructor expects that you
will adhere to standards of:
– professionalism, and
– academic honesty.
• Participate with appropriate consideration for each other and for
• Your e-mails and web postings should:
– be on the topic at hand,
– be appropriate and
– should reflect a professional demeanor.
Do You Know Online Etiquette?
• Identify yourself by name in each email or
• Be supportive and constructive in your
comments to each other.
• Help and support each other.
• Everyone will benefit from a positive online
• Read information on Online Etiquette. (Use
the Back button to come back and finish the
It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle
You must not:
• take others’ thoughts or words without appropriate
• submit work that has been written or revised in part
or in whole by another person;
• submit work that you have submitted for another
Be sure to get the following Course Information
from your instructor:
• Course Objectives
• Course Expectations
– How to submit assignments
– How to label files
• How to address your emails to the
• Grading Policies
• Other course issues
Video Clips and Animations
• Another section of the Orientation will demonstrate
some of the online tools that we’ll use for the course
• You can read the written instructions or watch the video
• Link to an Orientation on:
Using Los Rios eLearning Desire2Learn
• Other tools for
Login to Los Rios eLearning
by clicking on the link below.