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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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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
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
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
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
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 students are
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
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
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 students answer
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
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
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
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
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.