||Because the layout of courses can vary greatly, be sure to take a tour of the
course early to familiarize
yourself with its various sections. Here is a breakdown of the different common
online course components:
|Also referred to as: Classroom,
Course Schedule, Calendar, Course Outline.
This is the heart of the course--the lecture hall so to
speak. Here you will usually find all the material for the course,
including grading policies, weekly deadlines, lecture materials, and
|ETUDES has an "Assignments" tool where you can submit your homework.
In many custom-designed courses, instructors provide
links to course assignments. Under each assignment, they specify whether
you must email your work as attachments or post it in the forum.
|ETUDES has a "Tests & Quizzes" tool where you can take quizzes, exams,
surveys, and practice
In some custom-designed courses, instructors provide
links to tests, quizzes, and tutorials in the course schedule, along with
There may be instructors that require proctored exams
(mid-term or finals) to be taken on campus or another facility near you
(to be arranged).
|At the heart of most courses is the Discussions
& Private messages area. It is also referred to as the forums area. This is where classroom interaction takes
place: formal and informal discussions, exchanging of ideas, and
asking/responding to course questions.
Make sure you understand the two types of online
communication--one is not as flexible!
|Most courses require some form of regular
asynchronous communication, meaning users may log on at different
times, whenever it is convenient. There are regular deadlines that
you must meet;
however, you get to plan class time to log on and complete
|Very few courses require synchronous communication (chat/
ICQ), meaning users must log on at the same
time for scheduled discussions or teacher/student
Again, online courses vary in their design. Be sure to take a
tour of your course. Most courses can be accessed during the first two
weeks of the term by using guest/guest as the username and password. If
you cannot log on to your course, email the instructor for access
information. Some instructors will not give you permission to preview their
course unless you are a registered student.
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