Depending on the type of course you’re taking, you may not see or interact with an instructor at a regularly scheduled class meeting time. This means you’ll have to be proactive.
You should always ask for help when you need it. AC has a lot of resources- not just your instructor. Tutoring services are available in person AND online.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to succeed. You’re responsible for understanding the course content and turning assignments in on time. Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen- taking the initiative can make all the difference.
Even if you’re not in a classroom, participation is important.
You’ll be expected to log in to Blackboard to complete not only assignments, quizzes, and exams but also discussion boards or group work. Online doesn’t mean independent study- your syllabus will have due dates for these items and not completing on time can result in a grade penalty.
Many classes have an orientation or welcome module that must be completed in the first week of class. According to college policy, instructors may even drop you from your course if you haven’t logged in within the first week.
Instructors also post announcements and change due dates in Blackboard so it’s a good idea to be in the habit of logging in at least twice a week (more, if the instructor recommends it) to keep up.
Online courses have the same rigor as face-to-face (F2F) courses so you will likely spend 6-10 hours a week doing work for each 3 credit hour course.
Online courses include video and images but you’ll probably do more reading than in a face-to-face (F2F) class.
Discussions that would happen verbally in a F2F class will likely be written discussions in Blackboard that you’ll need to read and respond to.
Some instructors also send out written notes that they would share in a lecture in a F2F class, including assignment instructions, information about due dates, or clarification about concepts from course videos/textbooks.
If you need accommodation for disabilities, they are available for online courses and can be requested through Student Services.
You don’t have a to be a tech whiz to take an online class but you will need to know how to use the internet and navigate the platform that gives you access to your courses (Blackboard).