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Frequently Asked Questions - General Information about Online Learning
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Online Learning in general. Click the question to display the answer.
You are not required to have your own computer to take an online class. However, you must be able to use a computer with internet access two or three times a week for a few hours each time. Having a computer with internet access in your home can make taking an online class less stressful as you will be able to take a test or work on an assignment when your schedule allows - even at 2:00 am in the morning.
Computers are available for student use on all of the Central Arizona College campuses. The hours of operation for the Library and Learning Resource Centers are posted on those webpages.
If you have logged into Blackboard and do not see your online class, do not worry. Classes do not appear in the "My Courses" module in Blackboard until the instructor has made them available. Instructors have until the official start date of a class to make it available to students. Check back in a few days to see if your class is available.
All Central Arizona College online classes begin on the start date listed in the Class Schedule. In some subject areas there are classes beginning every 5 weeks.
Login to your Blackboard account and enter your online class as soon as possible after the posted start date. (If you can, enter your online class before the start date.) Some online classes have assignments due within the first couple of days.
The assignment schedule and due dates in an online class will vary from class to class just as they do in a face-to-face class. The scheduling depends on the class topic and the instructor. It is very important for you to read the syllabus posted in your online class as soon as possible. The syllabus will give you detailed information regarding the instructor's assignment schedule and "late" assignment policies.
There are a few online classes which allow you to work at your own pace as long as all assignments and tests are completed by a certain day. However, this is the exception and not the rule. Other online classes have posted dates by which an assignment or a test is due but allow you to work ahead as long as you maintain a certain grade level in the class.
Most online classes have a posted schedule which details when assignments are due and when tests are scheduled. For example; you might have an assignment due every Friday evening and a quiz every Saturday. In a class with such a schedule you cannot work ahead and it is very important that you do not fall behind.
Online classes do not "meet" at a set time every day. The students access the class at different times throughout the day according to their individual schedules. (This is called asynchronous learning.) An online class will have students from all over the United States and around the world who would find it extremely difficult to get together online at the same time.
As a general rule you should plan to access your online class three times a week for a few hours each time. This will give you enough time to get the assignment information so that you can complete the work outside of Blackboard if necessary; turn in the assignment; and take the quiz or exam. In a fully online class there will generally be a one week time frame in which you must turn in an assignment or a twenty-four hour period in which you must take a test. If you are taking a hybrid class which is partially online you might be asked to join an online chat room at a particular time.
Your "lecture notes", handouts and assignments will be available inside of Blackboard. You will need to purchase textbooks and any additional materials required for the class.
Yes. An online class covers the same content as a face to face class. The instructional method and the assignments might be different but the learning outcomes are the same.