While more flexible than traditional classes, it is still important to keep in mind the structure and schedule of online courses.
Courses are accessed through Moodle, our online learning platform where you will find the course content, assignments, class communicate tools. A detailed description of how to access Moodle is found in the general online orientation.
As is the case for all college courses, the course syllabus is your starting point for understanding the course that you are taking, finding out what is expected of you, seeing the timelines and deadlines that you will need to meet, and, of course knowing how your grade will be computed. Make this the first thing you do once you access the course in Moodle. Print the syllabus as a desk reference, pay close attention to deadlines in the course, and open and view ALL resources provided in the course. Read the syllabus closely!
The courses you choose will either be 8-week or 16-week courses. You can find the length of the course in Banner - our registration system (which will be discussed in the general online orientation). Be mindful of the pace of the 8-week courses. 8-week courses cover the same material and carry the same expectations as 16-week courses, so time management is key. Allow plenty of time. They obviously have an accelerated pace and you must get going with them right away!
Deadline Driven, Not Self-Paced
As you review the Moodle page of your course and its syllabus, you will notice that ALL online courses require you to meet very specific deadlines in terms of assignments, readings, homework, participation, and tests. Please note that these are NOT self-paced courses.
Your course grade will be determined by a variety of components. Of course one of the most important components are tests. Your online classes will typically require you to take your tests online through an online proctoring service called ProctorU. Once you find out that your instructor will be using this test proctoring service, please see your syllabus for information on how to register for ProctorU. You MUST do this ahead of your scheduled tests. Please refer to your syllabus for the dates and times of the tests.