Advantages of Taking Online Classes
Most students feel the main benefit of taking an online class is being able to have a flexible schedule. Students do not have to come on campus, look for a parking space, or be at class at a specific time. Students who have work and family obligations can still obtain their education. These are among the main advantages students give for taking online classes.
Disadvantages of Taking Online Classes
Students who need to interact in a classroom miss the interaction with other students and the instructor. Students who have difficulty with procrastination and meeting deadlines find it harder to succeed in online classes. Students who lack good organizational skills and self-discipline find online classes more difficult. These are among the main disadvantages students associate with online classes.
How are Dr. Moore’s Online Classes Different from Regular Classes?
ü Students must do more work in online classes. Aside from Logging in to the course web site (https://sbccd.blackboard.com/webapps/login/ ) several times each week, students must read and do course work on their own (with some guided review). While the instructor is happy to assist you if you have questions, students must ask these questions as soon as possible.
ü Pay Attention to All Deadlines! Work is considered late based in when it is processed in Blackboard, not when you submit it. If an assignment, quiz, exam, or discussion board post is due at 4pm and you submit it at 3:59pm, it may not be processed in Blackboard until 4:02pm, which makes it late. This means that if you do not factor in how long it takes for your browser or internet connection to get your assignment, exam, or quiz to Blackboard, it may be marked as late in Blackboard. When you click on submit for the quiz or exam, it does not instantly get to Blackboard. It may take several seconds to be processed. It is your responsibility to submit all course requirements in a timely manner and that includes making sure your submission is not counted late in Blackboard. How can I make sure my quiz, exam, assignment is not counted as late? Submit your quiz, exam, assignment at least 2 minutes before the time expires. The deadline for all work includes the amount of time it takes for submitted work to be processed in Blackboard. Submitting work 1-60 seconds before the deadline may make it late in Blackboard.
ü Students must ask questions about course work very early on, and ask the instructor questions in a timely manner. The best way to ask questions is to send the instructor a question through the Messages area of Blackboard or the General Information area of the Discussion Board. If you want more personal contact come to office hours that don’t require an appointment or call during office hours that don’t require an appointment. If you are looking for the same interaction that you might get in a regular class, then this might not be the class for you.
ü Students must have good reading and comprehension skills to read the textbook and any other course resources to understand the course topics. If you feel you need to work on your reading and comprehension skills, then you might want to wait to take the class after obtaining these skills. This applies to online and regular classes. Contact the Student Success Center (PS-134, 909-384-8566) for additional help with Psychology subject matter. A free psychology tutor is available in the Tutorial Center. The Reading Lab (LA-206, 909-384-8258) can help with improving your reading skills.
ü Students must start all assignments (Discussion Board Posts, Exams, Papers, and Quizzes) as soon as possible before the due date. Students are expected to read all review materials for exams and quizzes before beginning the exams and quizzes. Students who procrastinate will not be successful in online classes. Online classes require students to have good organizational skills. All due dates are posted when the class becomes available, it is up to the student to keep up with these dates. The Writing Center (in LA-201, 909-384-4464) has also been effective in helping student prepare writing assignments.
ü Students must submit assignments (Discussion Board Posts, Exams, Papers, and Quizzes) on time to avoid any technical issues with Blackboard submissions. Unlike regular classes, where there are few technical issues, students may have a variety of technical issues that occur in online classes. These issues do not change the due dates for any assignments simply because it is an online class.
ü Make sure you get help in a timely manner. The following are SBVC Support Services that are free to all students
Contact the Student Success Center (PS-134, 909-384-8566) for additional help with Psychology subject matter. A free psychology tutor is available in the Tutorial Center.
The Reading Lab (LA-206, 909-384-8258) can help with improving your reading skills.
The library has reference librarians and brochures that can help you with Library research.
The Writing Center (in LA-201, 909-384-4464) has also been effective in helping student prepare assignments.
ü Ask for technical help (Contact the 24/7 Help Desk, 877-241-1756) immediately, when needed. The time to ask for technical help is when you have problems logging on to Blackboard, submitting your work in Blackboard, problems with your computer and problems with your internet connection or internet browser.
What type of interaction with other students is there in online classes?
Interaction with other students will occur through the Discussion Board of Blackboard. There are some Discussion Board Posts that are graded and require all students to respond to at least 2 other students. Other Discussion Board areas are for general questions for the instructor or general questions and interactions with other students. These other areas are not graded. If you want to interact with students and the instructor in a classroom, then this is not the class for you.
How will I get feedback on assignments in an online class?
Feedback will occur online, either through the assignment itself or through a Message from the instructor in the Messages area of Blackboard. If this is too impersonal for you, then this might not be the class for you.
How will the instructor contact me in an online class?
There will be several ways you might be contacted. Students will be sent regular email reminders of upcoming work for the week (no response is required of the student). Announcements will be available each week with reminders of upcoming work (no response is required of the student). A message will be sent to students through the Messages area of Blackboard when exams and papers are graded. Messages and emails may also be sent to students periodically to update them on their grades or other components of the course. If you send the instructor a message through the Messages area of Blackboard, most responses will be within 24 hours. If you phone or email the instructor (and it is not during office hours with no appointments, expect it to take 3-6 days for a response. If this is not the kind of contact you want, then consider taking a different class.