Your instructor expects that you will:
- Read all directions and the syllabus.
- Refer to all instructions provided before seeking assistance.
- Log in to your courses and check for announcements, emails, discussion board posts and calendar entries several times a week.
- Post comments and responses to the discussion board whenever necessary.
- Keep track of all your assignments, quizzes, emails and discussion board posts. Make sure quizzes and assignments are done on or before the due dates.
- Actively participate in class discussions, meaning you are actively posting on the discussion board by replying, asking questions and making comments to other classmates and your instructor.
- Practice “Netiquette”: be polite and respectful in your postings (no “Flaming” or posting / sending negative, hurtful comments to others); use good grammar and correct spelling; don’t write in all capital letters (it looks to others like you’re shouting).
You can expect that your instructor will:
- Provide clear and complete directions.
- Respond to your emails or discussion postings in a timely manner. Check your syllabus or “Start Here” page for your instructor’s policy. Most will respond within 48 hours, Monday-Friday.
- Grade your work in a timely manner. Again, consult your course documents for when grading will be done.
In order to succeed in an online class you will need:
- An Internet Connection: If you wish to work from home, you will need to have an Internet connection. This will require you to make arrangements with an internet service provider (ISP) for a connection (i.e AT&T, Earthlink, Verizon). This may involve discussions about computer brand and capability, modem and data rates, connection software, and pricing alternatives.
- Know-how: Learn how to operate the computer and initiate the software packages, learn how to operate each of the software packages (how to connect to the service provider, how to operate the web browser, the emailer and other components that you may need or offered to you), and learn the capabilities, limitations, and etiquette of email, web browsing, and conferencing.
- Hardware: Arrange for access to the necessary hardware: computer, modem, telephone, and cables. Setting up the hardware may involve arranging furniture, getting the correct cords and cables and correctly connecting the boxes.
- Software: Arrange for access to the necessary software: connection software, web browser and email program. Selecting the software will involve finding a source of supply and selecting among alternatives considering the specific computer configuration.