The syllabus is a great place for faculty members to begin helping students appreciate the nature of a given course. Syllabi serve several important purposes, the most basic of which is to communicate the instructor’s course design (e.g., goals, organization, policies, expectations, requirements) to students. Other functions commonly served by a syllabus include:
- To convey our expectations for the course
- To explain the instructor’s role in the course including contact information, response time, and guidelines for interaction.
- To show how this course fits into a broader context (“the big picture”)
- To establish a contract with students by publicly stating policies, requirements, procedures, and support for the course
- To set the tone for the course, and convey how we perceive our role as the teacher and their role as students
- To help students manage their learning in the course by identifying outside resources and/or by providing discipline- or course-specific advice
- To convey a sense of support for students’ learning and well-being by providing information on academic, counseling, and other resources, offering statements of support, and (as desired) directly inviting students to reach out for help.
- To help students assess their readiness for the course by identifying prerequisite areas of knowledge
- To communicate our course goals and content to colleagues
- To include clear explanations of optional and/or required software, including any additional costs
Banner and Moodle
We have already taught you about Banner and Moodle. It is important to know how these two systems work and how you can use them to the best of your ability. Banner is where go to schedule, view your course listings and grades, and see your financial aid status. Moodle is where you go to take your classes. Below is a video on how you can access course information through Banner.
You need to have the following required technology for your Online Courses:
- Reliable high speed access to the Internet (with a current browser).
- Know to send and receive emails through your Nicholls account.
- MS Office software (if required)
- Access to additional software such as Adobe Reader, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player, etc.
- Certain classes may require a separate software for your class. Please check the individual syllabi for this information.
Since 100% of your courses will take place online, it is important that you have reliable Internet access and basic computer skills. You should answer yes to all of the following questions:
- Can you create, save and manage files on your computer?
- Can you regularly access Internet email and the World Wide Web (WWW)?
- If you do not have your own computer, can you gain access to a computer multiple times a week?
- Do you know how to attach a file to an email message?
- Do you know how to “copy” and “paste” text from a word processor into an email message?
- Do you know how to receive a file attachment from an incoming email message?
- Are you comfortable searching the Internet?
- Can you download software and install it to your computer?
Becoming a Distance Learner will require students to be focused and use good time management skills. Classes are eight weeks in length instead of the traditional sixteen, so time management will be beneficial to your success.
This ongoing challenge is one that requires a realistic set of expectations. You will need to plan days effectively by prioritizing tasks, and making a consistent effort to keep to your schedule so that you can reach the goals that you set for yourself. Goals for consideration when planning include:
- Long term, such as monthly
- Intermediate or weekly
- Short term or daily goals
What is the proper etiquette when participating in an online environment
-Always be polite and respectful in your discussions. Do not attack. Listen gently to others views.
-Treat people as you would face-to-face.
-Your writing must be thorough, complete, professional and of the highest quality and written on a college level.
-Online chat style writing and slang are unacceptable.
-Never use foul language.
-Be sure to spell check your postings.
-Grammar, spelling and punctuation will be included in grading.
-Discussions are meant to be read by the whole class. Send personal communication via email or other private means.
-Use titles that accurately describe the contents of your posting or e-mail.
-Be careful with humor and sarcasm. These do not always translate well to asynchronous virtual communication.