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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Online Courses Question: Is an online class the same as a self-paced class? Answer: NO Most online classes are NOT self-paced. Usually homework, other activities, and online class participation must be completed by deadlines.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Online Courses


Is an online class the same as a self-paced class?

Answer: NO

  • Most online classes are NOT self-paced.

  • Usually homework, other activities, and online class participation must be completed by deadlines.

  • Many instructors set the deadline for midnight on Saturday to assist those who work Monday – Friday.

  • Use a calendar for deadlines.

  • Set aside time each week to login.


How much time do I have to spend online?

Answer: That is up to you

  • You should plan to spend at least the same amount of time you would spend on a face-to-face class.

  • For a one unit class -- you'll spend a minimum of one hour a week looking at some of the class resources, checking on assignments, contributing to discussions, and posting homework.

  • You’ll probably spend another 3 hours on reading, practice activities and homework. 

Question: Do I have to log on at a particular time?

Answer: Usually NOT.

  • You will have deadlines by which to submit your homework, but WHEN you complete that work is usually up to you. 

  • Your instructor MAY require chat sessions or other real time activities.

  • It’s important NOT to leave it to the last minute to do your work or to submit it.

  • If you have trouble connecting to your ISP or the course website, then your assignments will be late.

Question: Where do we meet for class?

Answer: Online, not in a classroom.

  • Other than the orientation meeting, most online courses don't really "meet" face-to-face.

  • We'll interact regularly through the Internet.

  • We'll be using some software called Desire2Learn and using the Los Rios eLearning web server.  

  • Course materials and tools arecourse web pages, discussion boards, news items, email, and more.

Question: How will we communicate?

Answer: In many ways.

  • We'll communicate with each other using web-based discussion boards, chat rooms, email, and more.  

  • The instructor is available to you through email, voicemail and virtual office hours.

  • On-campus office hours are also available by appointment.

  • These same tools will be used for student-to-student communication also.

Question: Is taking a class online easier than a "regular" class?

Answer: No.

  • Some students think an online class is even more demanding than a face-to-face class.

  • You have to stay motivated and stay on top of your work for the class.

  • The workload in an online class is usually identical to an on-site class on the same topic.

Research shows that most Successful Online Studentsare:

  • Self-motivated and self-starters,

  • Have good organizational skills,

  • Have good time-management skills,

  • Are familiar with computers and the Internet,

  • Are resourceful and actively seek answers and solutions to questions and problems.

Question: Do I have to have a computer at home?

Answer: NO

  • Access to a computer at home makes it easier, but you do NOT have to own a computer for an online class.

  • Students can access computers on the campus in several locations (the Learning Resource Center, and the Business Computer lab, for example) or at other district colleges.

  • Some students complete online classes from work (with permission from their employer, of course).  

Question: What Internet skills would be helpful in an online class? Answer:

  • Know how to use a web browser.

  • Know how to use an email program.

  • Know how to make and organize bookmarks in your browser software.

  • Some familiarity with web-based interactions--discussion boards, chat and mailing lists will also be useful.

  • Some familiarity with word processing.

  • Experience in successful Internet searches using a variety of search engines.

Question:What Is Expected from StudentsAnswer:

  • As in a regular face-to-face class, your instructor expects that you will adhere to standards of:

    • courtesy,

    • professionalism, and

    • academic honesty.

  • Participate with appropriate consideration for each other and for the instructor. 

  • Your e-mails and web postings should:

    • be on the topic at hand,

    • be appropriate and

    • should reflect a professional demeanor.

Do You Know Online Etiquette? 

  • Identify yourself by name in each email or posting.

  • Be supportive and constructive in your comments to each other.

  • Help and support each other.

  • Everyone will benefit from a positive online learning environment.

  • Read information on Online Etiquette. (Use the Back button to come back and finish the presentation.)

Academic Honesty:

It is a violation of college policy to plagiarize or to recycle work.

You must not:

  • take others’ thoughts or words without appropriate acknowledgment;

  • submit work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person;

  • submit work that you have submitted for another class.

Be sure to get the following Course Information from your instructor:

  • Course Objectives

  • Course Expectations

  • Assignments

    • How to submit assignments

    • How to label files

  • How to address your emails to the instructor

  • Grading Policies

  • Other course issues

Video Clips and Animations

  • Another section of the Orientation will demonstrate some of the online tools that we’ll use for the course

  • You can read the written instructions or watch the video demonstrations.

  • Link to an Orientation on:

    Using Los Rios eLearning Desire2Learn

  • Other tools for

    Getting Started.

Contact your instructor

if you have

any other questions.

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