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Online Courses for Students FAQs

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Transcript of Online Courses for Students FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Courses: Student Edition!
1) what is an online course and how will it be implemented at my school?
An online course is when students attend an online course through a learning platform. Instead of students meeting with their teacher at the same time everyday face to face, students will be completing lessons and submitting assignments through Blackboard.

Students will also be able to see their assignments posted on blackboard as well as print off notes and any other resources needed.

Finally, students will be able to communicate with their teachers and other students on forums and through email.
What's the difference between our "blended" Classes and online classes?
In a "blended" course, it is largely up to the teacher in how they wanted to use the learning platform. Some teachers upload notes before their lectures and others use it as a way to submit assignments. Sometimes teachers will use "blended" learning to arrange for students to work on group assignments or take quizzes. Sometimes classes can be split into half "face to face" and half "online."

In an online course, it is completely online and all the assignments, lessons and discussion questions will be uploaded by the teacher week by week. Students won't meet traditionally with their teacher at all. Students will be responsible for reading the lessons, submitting assignments via Blackboard and participate in forum questions every week. Students will be responsible for due dates and exams as well.
Asynchronous versus synchronous instructional activities
Synchronous instructional activities will require both students and teachers to be online at the same time. Group assignments (students arranging to meet at 5pm on a Tuesday to work on their project) is an example of a synchronous activity.

Asynchronous instructional activities don't require time frames. A teacher posting a lesson and notes for lesson on the online course that can be accessed at any time over the course is an example of an asynchronous activity.
What's in it for me?
Students will have the ability to set their own schedule surrounding predetermined due dates!

Students will be able to decide when they will read the lessons and complete their assignments, including when to post their forum responses. If students have a game on Wednesday afternoon, no problem! If the forum response is due by Thursday at 12pm, they could choose to respond Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning, or even Wednesday night, as long as it's before the due date.

Students will be able to review lessons over and over, without relying on powerpoints or student written notes.

Since the student will be working online, classmate distraction will be at a minimum.
What's in it for the teacher?
Teachers won't be limited to teaching students during class hours! Teachers will be able to communicate with students at convenient times for both parties.

Teachers will also take a step back and have students interact with each other on forum posts every week. Often students will learn more from others than they would from the teacher.

With the Blackboard grade book, teachers will be able to compute and upload grades quicker than students physically handing in assignments.
Online resources for extra information on online courses
http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2013/01/14/5-tips-to-succeed-in-an-online-course
http://psychcentral.com/lib/6-tips-to-improve-your-time-management-skills
http://college.usatoday.com/2011/05/03/should-you-take-an-online-course/
Should you take an online course?
How to succeed in an online course
Time management skills
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