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How Do Online Courses Work?

Timing of Online Classes

Online classes are not self-paced. There will be deadlines for assignments, threaded discussions, quizzes, tests and projects. You will have flexibility of working on your coursework as it fits in your daily schedule.

What You Should Do First

The first thing you should do when starting an online class is log into the course on the first day and read the syllabus and course schedule. This will tell you what the instructor expects from you, the grading scale and deadlines for coursework.

Assignment Submission

Pay close attention to how your assignments are to be submitted. Most instructors want you to submit your assignment within the Canvas Assignment itself. However, there are occasions where they would like you to use email to submit your assignments. Please refer to the syllabus and the instructions for each assignment. The most important thing to assignment submission is to TURN IT IN ON TIME! Many instructors will not take late assignments – some points are better than zero points!

Threaded Discussions

Threaded discussions take the place of in class discussion. Pay special attention to this section in your syllabus. Many instructors require that you post your initial response to the discussion one day and then respond to your classmates on a different day. Many instructors require that you respond to two classmates in order to receive all of the points.

Quizzes and Tests 

Most quizzes and tests will be taken online, are timed and can only be taken once. Before starting each quiz or test note the time limit that you have and plan to dedicate that amount of time to taking the quiz or test.

Proctored Tests

If your class requires a proctor, it is your responsibility to find and schedule a proctor for each proctored quiz or test. Each of the partnered colleges has a testing center with proctors. The proctor and testing center must be approved by the instructor. You can enter in this information through the “My Proctor” link within the course or as directed in your syllabus.

Contacting Your Instructor

The instructor is a great resource for you. If you have questions or are struggling with the content of the course, contact your instructor. They are here to help you. Your instructors contact information is on the syllabus, usually at the top of the first page. You can also contact them through the Canvas Inbox. Please pay attention to the response time listed in your syllabus, instructors are not required to respond immediately.

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