an Online Class in Blackboard
Information For All ONLINE Blackboard Students - Please Read
is important that your expectations and time demands should
match the course itself. This class is for
self-motivated students with adequate computer skills.
To avoid confusion or misunderstandings, please read the
information below. If you have questions,
please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I will be happy to answer your questions.
Online classes require the same
participation and time commitment as a typical class.
However, the benefit of online learning is that it saves driving and
parking time AND you can access the class at times that are
convenient for your schedule. The class covers
the same material as a traditional face-to-face class in a
different format online. It is NOT easier than the
face-to-face (traditional) class.
Course Schedule and Time Demands
Check to see the term (or length) of the class. Some
short-term (8 or 9 weeks) courses during the regular or
summer semesters. Refer
the course schedule for
exact start and end dates. Typical classes in a regular semester
are typically 16 weeks in length. Therefore, if the
course is short-term the pace of
the course is a lot faster than a
regular face-to-face class. It is important that you
take this into consideration before enrolling in the class.
plan to spend between 12 and 15 hours each week on this
class (studying, reading, activities, reading/posting
messages, etc.). Thus, you
will need to set aside sufficient time each week to complete
the work. Self-motivation is important because
distractions can lead to inadequate time allocations
that result in poor grades.
I will be in
the class often and I hold regular office hours in my
Virtual Office Chat Room, refer to the syllabus for hours.
You will need
access to a computer and the Internet from home. Do
not enroll in the class if you plan to use the computer and
Internet in the computer labs on campus or your place of
employment. Some free Internet service-providers
have advertisements flashing on the screens, etc.
These conflict with Blackboard 9.1 and cannot be used.
You will also need to disable pop-up blockers because the
exams, discussion, and chat rooms screens are considered
pop-ups by most Internet browsers. The most
current version of Firefox is the best browser to use.
Typically, there isn't a required on-campus orientation for
most of my online
classes. However, there may be optional orientations
available. Check the email I send the class for this
information. I will email the class login instructions and
the syllabus prior to the class beginning. All
enrolled students must have their current email address
listed in WebStar/My Gateway. That is the email address I use to
send the information to your home in case of a server
outage, etc. If you don't have an
external email address, I will not be able to reach you. Please note that students that fail to log into the class
the first two days may be dropped from the class.
Distance Learning at FC
tutorials and other information are available on the
Distance Learning website. Please visit the
site and review the information there. I think you
will find it quite useful.