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  1. 1. Introduction To Online Learning Prince George’s Community College
  2. 2. Welcome…. <ul><li>Purpose of this session </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Learning Center Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Learning Web Site http://www.pgcconline.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction To Online Learning <ul><li>Go to www.pgcconline.org </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Introduction to Online Learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. Www.pgcconline.org
  5. 5. Www.pgcconline.org
  6. 6. What is Online Learning? <ul><li>Your computer becomes your classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with fellow students and your instructor through email and Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, convenient…NOT EASIER!!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a minimum of 6-9 hours/week </li></ul><ul><li>Includes discussions, assignments, exams … and FIRM deadlines </li></ul>
  7. 7. It’s About Time…. <ul><li>Requires a minimum of 6-9 hours/week </li></ul><ul><li>True: You don’t come to campus so you save time </li></ul><ul><li>Also True: You must spend just as much time studying </li></ul>
  8. 8. So… <ul><li>You must have time OR </li></ul><ul><li>Find the time to study each week </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who Should Take An Online Course? <ul><li>Successful online students have both: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Student” Skills </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Technology <ul><ul><li>Hardware: Pentium class computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>at least 32 MB RAM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a 28.8 modem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An Internet Service Provider </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your own email account </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Technology Skills <ul><li>Able to navigate using the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a mouse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to Cut, Copy and Paste text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to use email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to attach a file </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. “Student Skills” - Questions To Ask <ul><li>“ Is Distance Learning Right For Me?” </li></ul><ul><li>What grades do you typically earn? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you understand and remember what you read? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you meet deadlines? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Read the Course Syllabus! RTCS <ul><li>The syllabus explains the course organization, the grading policy, the types of assignments & other important information. RTCS </li></ul><ul><li>You are expected to read the syllabus & know its contents. I suggest you print & save it. RTCS </li></ul><ul><li>Many questions you will be tempted to ask the instructor in an email have already been answered in the syllabus. RTCS </li></ul>
  14. 14. So, you have a question! <ul><li>How do you ask the instructor a question in an online course? Some possibilites are emails, chats conferences & phone calls. </li></ul><ul><li>However, rather than answer the same question a “gazillion” times via email, many instructors answer student questions in a conference designated for that purpose & reserve email for highly personal questions only. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn your OL instructor’s communication policy and follow it. </li></ul>
  15. 15. When is it due? <ul><li>Contrary to popular belief, most online courses are not self-paced ; their assignments have firm due dates. The instructor sets the pace. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the course calendar ! Learn the due dates for the assignments in your online course. </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any penalties for lateness ? For what circumstances, if any, can you submit work late? </li></ul>
  16. 16. What about office hours? <ul><li>Scheduled online chats are used by some online faculty as office hours. </li></ul><ul><li>An office hour chat is a great opportunity to ask questions & get immediate answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Find out if your instructor holds online office hours & “attend” them. </li></ul>
  17. 17. I wrote it; now how do I turn it in? <ul><li>“ Can’t I just send it as an email attachment?” Maybe, maybe not! </li></ul><ul><li>Each instructor has a policy about how to submit homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn your instructor’s policy and follow it. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hint: Check the course syllabus. RTCS </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Mysterious Emails & Filenames!? <ul><li>Want credit for your homework? Name files in a recognizable way: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g., tjones_ae02 for Tom Jones’Analytical Essay #2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Always include your name & the assignment name at the head of the document. </li></ul><ul><li>Want to have an email answered? Then, identify yourself by full name & include course name & reference number. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Tour Of Blackboard <ul><li>Login (Handout) </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome Page </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Help </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Major Features </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Course Information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Tools Bulletin Board Send email </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Drop Box Handout </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Tips for Success <ul><li>Budget your time </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t procrastinate; don’t get behind </li></ul><ul><li>Meet deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Login to Blackboard often (3-5 times per week minimum ) </li></ul><ul><li>Always save a copy of your files </li></ul><ul><li>Participate actively </li></ul><ul><li>Do your work “off line” and save your files to disk before you send them </li></ul><ul><li>Confused? Need Help? Questions? Ask your instructor and classmates! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resources <ul><li>More Information About Online Learning at http://www.marylandonline.org/prospective_students/ including articles about online learning, self-assessments, “Successful Students Checklist” </li></ul>