Facts & Questions
Common Facts and Questions
A. Blended learning can mean different things to different people. But it also provides a working definition currently being used by Lion's Whelp; blended learning courses are instructor-designed and supervised environments that use face-to-face and technology-mediated channels to enhance interactive, engaging learning experiences and to improve student learning outcomes. “Interactive” and “engaging” is that blended learning and active learning are linked in important ways.
• Spend 3 hours per week working on the class. For example, for a typical 3-hour course, you will spend at least 6-9 hours per week on course reading, assignments, and communication
• Participate in online discussions or other written communication
• Experience an uncomfortable transition period. It can take a few weeks to learn how the course works if you've never had on online class before
• Experience some frustration with written communication. Most people find it easier to ask questions face to face because the response is usually immediate. You can always call your professor or make an appointment to visit in person.
A. The most successful students tend to have the following skills:
• Familiarity with web browsers.
• Familiarity with email program and attaching documents and opening attachments
• Familiarity with web-based interactions - email, listservs, online discussions, etc.
• Familiarity with Microsoft Word
• Experience in successful Internet searches using a variety of search engines
• A level of comfort using technology
• Reliable Internet access
• Latest version of a web browser (Moodle supports the latest two versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome)
• Word processing software
• Course specific software - as required by the instructor
• All online and hybrid courses use Moodle as the Learning Management System.
A. No, but you must have access to a computer with reliable Internet access throughout the semester. You can access computers on campus in several locations (such as the Library). Your child can also complete most of their coursework using the Moodle Learning Management System.
A. You can expect your child's instructor to do all the things he would do for you in a face-to-face class. You can expect:
• A syllabus and course schedule.
• Assignments with clear instructions and timely feedback.
• Prompt responses to questions.
• Clear guidelines about how long it will take to get homework and quiz scores and responses to questions.
• Netiquette and protocol to be enforced.
You should not expect:
• 24/7 support. Honor the professor's virtual office hours. He or she does not sit at the computer all weekend.
• Help with prerequisite skills.
• Schedule time for your child to focus on the class. Write session times in your calendar for your child just as you would for any learning environment and make sure they have a quiet place to work.
• Helping your child keep up with the class and make it a top priority. The biggest problem online students have is gradually falling behind.
• Make sure your child do assignments BEFORE the due date.
• Have a back-up plan in case of technical problems.
• Have your child to work with a small group, either in person, through Moodle, or via phone or email.
• Communicate! Your child's teacher can't see your facial expressions or body language. You must be willing to speak up using email, discussion boards, or phone calls. Ask if you are not clear about instructions, due dates, or your progress.
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