Welcome to Online Learning!
In an online course you work on assignments at home (or wherever you
have access to a computer with an Internet connection). Instead of
listening to lectures or participating in class discussions
face-to-face, you will view most of the course content online.
Discussions with the teacher and class members will occur on the
discussion forum and through e-mail.
Blackboard - an online course management system - is used to
organize course components, such as
announcements, discussions, assignments, quizzes, e-mail,
and grades. You will be responsible for reading the
textbook and other assigned readings, as well as completing all
class learning activities. You must be an independent learner to
succeed in this class. However, help is always available by phone,
the Blackboard discussion forum, e-mail, or in person with the
Each week you will have a number of assignments to complete. Please
refer to the schedule in Blackboard regularly. Click on the 'Assignments' button
in your Blackboard classroom for instructions, resources, and due
You mean I don't have to come to class?
That's right! You can set your own "class" hours.
What do I need in order to succeed in this online course?
- Access to a computer with an Internet
- The textbook.
- You must be an independent learner, able to work without
face-to-face contact with the instructor and your fellow students.
- Ability to use Microsoft Word.
- Some experience with the Internet, as well as
your operating system. Can you troubleshoot problems? Could you e-mail me a
URL or a file?
- Good reading and writing skills
- Time! You will need to
schedule 5-6 hours a week (for 8 weeks) to work on this
Course Management and Communication
in the subject heading, as I get a lot of spam and will be less
likely to delete your message accidentally. You may also make an
appointment to meet with me in person. See the instructor
website for contact information.
- Throughout the course, you will be using Blackboard to get your work
done. Plan to check Blackboard several times a week.
- Occasionally I will try to contact you by email or phone. You will
need to e-mail me your contact information as part of the online
orientation. Please let me know if your email address or phone
number changes. You will also want to make sure your email
address is current in Webadvisor.
- Click on the 'Assignments' button in Blackboard to locate
assignments and due dates.
- You will submit all of your assignments through the upload feature
in your Blackboard account. To submit an assignment, click on the
'Assignments' button. Then click on the correct week, and you will
find links to all of your assignments. After your complete an
assignment, you will see a set of instructions for how to upload
your work. For a preview of this process, please watch
How to Upload an Assignment. You can expect a grade on Blackboard within a week of
the due date (this is confidential). Note: you must work through
your learning activities, assignments, and quizzes in the order they
- Quizzes will be offered in Blackboard, and you will have a week to
complete them. Once you have logged in to Blackboard, click on the
'Assignments' button. Then click on the correct week. You will
find quizzes listed with your other assignments. Most of the time
you will get immediate feedback after taking a quiz. Your score
should be posted as soon as you submit it.
- Quizzes may be repeated once if you aren't satisfied with your
results. The final exam cannot be repeated.
- You will be responsible for a weekly assignment on the discussion
forum. To view this assignment, click on the 'Assignments' button.
Then click on the correct week.
- Post most questions and comments on the Blackboard
discussion forum. If you ask me a question, you should get an
response by the next business day. You can always e-mail me or a
fellow student if your question is urgent or personal. If you do
e-mail me, please put
Tips for Online Students
- Keep up with the class. The biggest problem online students face is
they gradually fall behind.
- Schedule at least 5-6 hours a week to
focus on the class.
- Schedule an appointment to meet with the
instructor in person if necessary.
- Log in to the class several times
- Have a back-up plan in case your technology fails.