Expectations for Online Study

These suggested practices are the ideal for effective online learning:

  • Students are expected to log on and respond to notes.  This attendance requirement is critical for group participation and community learning.
  • Students should spend the same amount of time on an online course as they do for an on-campus course.
  • Students are expected to complete all assignments on the due dates provided by the professor by 12:00 midnight (MST).
  • The online learning ecology supports collaborative and community learning.  Competition is discouraged since we are all working toward the same goals in a learning community.
  • Students are expected to submit strong academic work that reflects graduate level education.  Discussion Group messages should be well formed with accurate grammar and spelling.
  • Since the online class is only 5 or 6 weeks long they are considered intensive courses.  It is critical that a student not fall behind in the learning process.  If extraordinary circumstances arise, exceptions can be made for the student to make up work but this is to be arranged with their current professor. 
  • Students can expect approximately 12-15 hours of course work per week.