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  1. 1. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Online Courses
  2. 2. <ul><li>Michael S. Hill, M.P.A. </li></ul><ul><li>MGMT 320 Online </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Most online classes are NOT self-paced. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually homework, other activities, and online class participation must be completed by deadlines. </li></ul><ul><li>Many instructors set the deadline for midnight on Saturday to assist those who work Monday – Friday. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a calendar for deadlines. </li></ul><ul><li>Set aside time each week to login. </li></ul>Question: Is an online class the same as a self-paced class? Answer: NO
  4. 4. Question: How much time do I have to spend online? <ul><li>You should plan to spend at least the same amount of time you would spend on a face-to-face class. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll probably spend another 3 hours on reading, practice activities and homework.  </li></ul>Answer: That is up to you
  5. 5. Question: Do I have to log on at a particular time? <ul><li>You will have deadlines by which to submit your homework, but WHEN you complete that work is usually up to you.  </li></ul><ul><li>Your instructor MAY require chat sessions or other real time activities. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important NOT to leave it to the last minute to do your work or to submit it. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have trouble connecting to your ISP or the course website, then your assignments will be late. </li></ul>Answer: Usually NOT.
  6. 6. Question: Where do we meet for class? <ul><li>Other than the orientation meeting, most online courses don't really &quot;meet&quot; in a physical face to face sense. </li></ul><ul><li>We'll interact regularly through the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>We'll be using some software called Desire2Learn and using the Los Rios eLearning web server.   </li></ul><ul><li>Course materials are available on the course web pages, the bulletin boards, announcements and email. </li></ul>Answer: Online, not in a classroom.
  7. 7. Question: How will we communicate? <ul><li>We'll communicate with each other using web-based bulletin boards, chat rooms and email.   </li></ul><ul><li>The instructor is available to you through email, voicemail and virtual office hours. </li></ul><ul><li>On-campus office hours are also available by appointment. </li></ul><ul><li>These same tools will be used for student-to-student communication also. </li></ul>Answer: In many ways.
  8. 8. Question: Is taking a class online easier than a &quot;regular&quot; class? <ul><li>Some students think an online class is even more demanding than a face-to-face class. </li></ul><ul><li>You have to stay motivated and stay on top of your work for the class. </li></ul><ul><li>The workload in an online class is usually identical to an on-site class on the same topic. </li></ul>Answer: No.
  9. 9. Research shows that most Successful Online Students are : <ul><li>Self-motivated and self-starters, </li></ul><ul><li>Have good organizational skills, </li></ul><ul><li>Have good time-management skills, </li></ul><ul><li>Are familiar with computers and the Internet, </li></ul><ul><li>Are resourceful and actively seek answers and solutions to questions and problems. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Question: Do I have to have a computer at home? <ul><li>Access to a computer at home makes it easier, but you do NOT have to own a computer for an online class. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Some students complete online classes from work (with permission from their employer, of course).   </li></ul>Answer: NO
  11. 11. Question: What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class? Answer: <ul><li>Know how to use a web browser. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to use an email program. </li></ul><ul><li>Know how to make and organize bookmarks in your browser software. </li></ul><ul><li>Some familiarity with web-based interactions--bulletin boards, chat and mailing lists will also be useful. </li></ul><ul><li>Some familiarity with word processing. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience in successful Internet searches using a variety of search engines. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Question: What Is Expected from Students Answer: <ul><li>As in a regular face-to-face class, your instructor expects that you will adhere to standards of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>courtesy, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>professionalism, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>academic honesty. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Participate with appropriate consideration for each other and for the instructor.  </li></ul><ul><li>Your e-mails and web postings should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>be on the topic at hand, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be appropriate and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>should reflect a professional demeanor. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Do You Know Online Etiquette?  <ul><li>Identify yourself by name in each email or posting. </li></ul><ul><li>Be supportive and constructive in your comments to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Help and support each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone will benefit from a positive online learning environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Read information on Online Etiquette . (Use the Back button to come back and finish the presentation.) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Academic Honesty: <ul><li>It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle work. </li></ul><ul><li>You must not: </li></ul><ul><li>take others’ thoughts or words without appropriate acknowledgment; </li></ul><ul><li>submit work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person; </li></ul><ul><li>submit work that you have submitted for another class . </li></ul>
  15. 15. Be sure to get the following Course Information from your instructor: <ul><li>Course Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Course Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How to submit assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to label files </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to address your emails to the instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Grading Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Other course issues </li></ul>
  16. 16. Video Clips and Animations <ul><li>Another section of the Orientation will demonstrate some of the online tools that we’ll use for the course </li></ul><ul><li>You can read the written instructions or watch the video demonstrations. </li></ul><ul><li>Link to an Orientation on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using Los Rios eLearning Desire2Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other tools for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting Started . </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Contact your instructor if you have any other questions.
  18. 18. Login to Los Rios eLearning by clicking on the link below. Happy Computing!