Lectures: Online lectures are often provided to supplement the textbook chapters assigned. Links to online lectures, whether PowerPoint presentations, RealAudio, text, or other are usually provided in the classroom (course calendar/schedule).
Discussions: You may be asked to participate in forum discussions every week or at specific times throughout the term. Many instructors give points for active participation. Maintain frequent "contact" with your instructor and peers in the forum by asking questions, reflecting on your learning, and sharing ideas. The more involved you are, the more you will learn.
Questions: In an online course, you can't raise your hand to ask a question. However, you can post a question in the student lounge (discussion board). Your instructor will respond to your question in a timely manner. You may also use email, telephone, or fax. Posting questions on assignments, the readings, or class processes in the discussion board is preferred, as everyone can benefit from the response.
Testing: At different times during the term, your instructor may test your understanding of the material. The quizzes may be timed or activated during a specific period only. The instructor reserves the right to schedule a proctored exam.
Grading: You will be assessed and graded on a combination of factors. For grading policies and grading criteria, please refer to the classroom (syllabus) section of your online course.
Assignments: For each week of the term, you may be asked to complete readings assignments, writing assignments, projects, and other activities. You can work on your own time, but you must submit the assignments when they are due. To see what is due and when, please refer to the classroom (course calendar/schedule).
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This orientation was originally developed by Vivie Sinou as part of a grant from the Chancellor's Office, CA, 1999-00, and was adapted for Foothill College. The webpages were designed with ideas from Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction, Illinois Online Network, and input from members of the California Community College Distance Learning Consortium.