Nicholls Online Basics
Online vs. Face-to-Face
The most obvious difference between an online courses and a traditional on-campus course is that you will not be sitting in a classroom receiving immediate instruction from a professor. Online courses are taught through a website where the professors will interact with you. Nicholls State uses Moodle as our course management system. Be sure to watch the videos on Moodle later in this orientation and log into the sample Moodle course. You also have the ability to message your professors through Moodle. But you may also email or phone the instructors as well. You are required to use your student email account when communicating with instructors and with the other Nicholls State University offices.
Most college course are worth 3 credit hours, which means they should equate to three hours of “class time”. For each three hour class, you should expect to study 10-18 hours per week for each class. This is due to the 8-week course terms vs. the traditional 16 week college semester. If you feel that you cannot handle the compressed schedule or study hours, you may want to reduce your course load. Only nine hours are allowed to be taken by students each term.
Moodle is the course management system where your course will be delivered. Meaning, this is where you will go to find your coursework, your instructor, and your classmates. Some Nicholls Online professors may use a separate site for some of your coursework, but your journey will still begin on Moodle. Below are some videos on how to access Moodle and some basic tips for using Moodle.
Student and Faculty Roles
Faculty members serve as mentors, guides, or facilitators for your learning. They will encourage further thought in particular areas, initiate discussion topics, grade assignments, provide feedback on assignments, and answer any questions you have concerning the course content.
You, the student, must take an active approach to your learning. The instructor has structured the course for you and will give you feedback, but you are responsible for learning the material. Not only will you read the material and complete assignments, but you will also interpret important issues and ask questions when you need clarification. You are also responsible for staying motivated and engaged with the course content. “You get out what you put in.”
Nicholls Online Honor Code
By enrolling in a course, I agree that I will:
- Complete all assignments, exams and other assessment activities with my own work and only my own work (unless otherwise permitted by instructor). I will not submit the work of any other person.
- Maintain only one user account and not allow anyone else to use my username and/or password.
- Not engage in any activity that would dishonestly improve my results, or improve or hurt the results of others.
- Not post answers to problems, assignments or exams that are being used to assess student performance.
- Follow all codes of student conduct as specified in the published Code of Student Conduct.
Tips for Success
A. Understand what is to be expected from an online student
- Know how to work the required technology
- Be committed and motivated
- It is helpful to write down your motivation and put it at your desk or on your fridge. It is common to become unmotivated while taking courses. Having a reminder to look at refocuses your mind and helps you accomplish your goal.
- Be timely with assignments and studying
- Be sure to write down all assignments and due dates
B. Have a dedicated place to study
- Having a dedicated place to study and do homework away from noise and distraction cannot be overestimated.
- Set aside time to do homework and stick to your schedule. It can be easy to procrastinate or skip study time.
D. Ask your Professor
- If you have any questions regarding your classes don’t hesitate to ask your professor.
Are you ready for Online Learning?
Before you progress any further, you should figure out if online learning is right for you. Take this self-assessed readiness survey below. You should answer Yes to all of the questions to be completely ready to be an online student. If you are lacking in any of these areas, look for more information on them in this orientation.
|I have access to a computer and Internet required for an online learning experience.||Yes/No|
|I am not intimidated by using technology applications for learning.||Yes/No|
|I feel comfortable using a computer for basic word-processing, accessing the Internet, and sending/receiving e-mail.||Yes/No|
|I am capable of uploading and downloading files on my computer.||Yes/No|
|I know how to open and listen/view audio and/or video files.||Yes/No|
|I have strong time management skills and am able to meet deadlines and keep track of assignments.||Yes/No|
|I am able to stay on task without direct supervision.||Yes/No|
|I am able to learn without face-to-face interaction with others.||Yes/No|
|I possess good reading and comprehension skills and can follow written instructions.||Yes/No|
|I can easily express my ideas, comments, and questions in writing.||Yes/No|