Hello and welcome to online learning. If this is your first online class or your tenth you might find the following helpful as you get ready for this class:
Top Ten Myths about Online Learning
10. You never have to come to class.
9. You can turn in your work whenever you want to.
8. You’re instructor is available 24/7.
7. You have to be a computer expert.
6. You don’t have to do any work.
5. Kick back. Your instructor will remind you when work is due.
4. You can cheat.
3. You can’t see anyone so feel free to say whatever you want.
2. You can’t ask questions.
1. You are NOT responsible for your own learning.
10. Of course you have to come class. Just as in an onsite environment you are expected to check webaccess on a daily basis. I conduct online office hours where you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and get immediate feedback. On webaccess you’ll find my syllabus, course lecture notes, powerpoint slides, and other useful information regarding the class. You are responsible for your own learning.
9. Just as in an onsite class you’ll have assignments, quizzes and exams that are due on a regular basis. In fact, there is something due almost every day of the week. You are responsible for your own learning.
8. Although I check webaccess and e-mail on a regular basis I’m not available all the time. During the week you can count on me to check webaccess and e-mail at least four times each day. If I don’t respond to you within 24 hours assume it’s a problem on your end and contact me again. E-mail often goes into my junk folder. I’m not available from 3 p.m. on Fridays to 8:00 a.m. on Mondays. You are responsible for your own learning.
7. Absolutely not! You don’t need to be a computer expert. However, you do need access to a computer and internet. You can always use the computers on campus to complete any of your work. I recommend working knowledge of MS Word and Excel. This is more for your benefit than mine. Once you are out in the real world or if you’re already out there you should be proficient in these programs. You are responsible for your own learning.
6. Most people say you have to do more work in an online class. Always allow yourself time for formatting. It will always take longer than you think. This is especially true when you are taking an exam or quiz. You are responsible for your own learning.
5. You are responsible for your own learning. It is up to you to check webaccess on a daily basis to see what’s due. I will send an e-mail on Monday of each week letting you know what assignments are due. All assignments are posted on webaccess and the course syllabus. Feel free to work ahead.
4. If you cheat you are only cheating yourself. Most of you are taking this class because you are looking for professional advancement. If you cheat you may not be able to accomplish certain tasks while you are on the job. Are you willing to take the risk of losing your job? I normally can tell when people are cheating. I do require students to sign a
statement of academic honesty that must accompany each exam. If I catch you cheating you’ll get an ‘F’ for the class. You are responsible for your own learning.
3. You are expected to treat everyone in the class with respect and courtesy and act in a professional manner. This is a business class and you should conduct yourself appropriately. You are responsible for your own learning.
2. Questions are encouraged. As stated earlier I check e-mail and webaccess at least four times each day – usually more. The more questions you ask the better it is for the entire class. Most students check the forums on a daily basis in hopes of other students asking questions concerning a specific topic we are covering for the week. Don’t struggle if you don’t understand something. Ask me, that’s why I’m here. You are responsible for your own learning.
1. You are responsible for your own learning. When my kids were in the second grade their teacher told them this constantly. If this advice is good for a second grader it’s good for all of us. We’re in this together. I’m learning just as much as you are. If something isn’t right let me know. My job is to help you learn. I want you to be successful.