This course will be half internet based and half in class for eight weeks, meeting one day a week for two and a half hours. This course is intended for adult students who may or may not have had prior college experience. It is also intended for students of all technological backgrounds. The students do not need prior internet experience in order to succeed in this course. In fact, it is intended as an introduction to internet instruction.
It is intended to cover subjects most important to adult students who are returning to school, especially in courses using internet instruction. The students will learn skills needed to succeed in any class. Categories included are: word processing and internet basics, preparing to learn, classroom participation, time management, studying, learning with others, reading and writing skills, and preparing for and taking tests. The first class will meet in a computer lab to learn computer and internet basics with the other seven classes meeting in a regular classroom.
Students will have assignments that must be done between class sessions either individually or as an assigned group each week.
Required Textbook and materialsPeak Performance Success in College and Beyond, 8th Edition, Sharon K. Ferrett, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill
The goal of this course is alleviate fears that students who are returning to school may have prior to and at the beginning of this experience. The skills that they learn in this course would empower them to balance work, home, and school into their lives successfully.
The course will be structured in a way to allow for adjustments as needs change or arise within the group. This course will help to provide a supportive environment with others in the same situation. By working together in this class the students will have a new support system to help them along their new journey and will enhance and improve their skills needed to succeed. It will allow students to become comfortable with online instruction, but at the same time still have traditional classroom time and interaction.
General Guidelines for this class
Face-to-Face class attendance
Students will be required to attend the face-to-face class time each week. Exceptions will only be made for emergency situations. Students should make every effort to contact the instructor prior to a missed class or as soon as possible after the missed class. Missed class time could result in a lowered grade, depending on the circumstances.
Online Attendance and Participation
It is expected that students will sign-on and participate in online forums and discussions several times a week. Forum comments should be more than “I agree”, or “I don’t agree”. This is your opportunity to say what you think, but it must be done with respect for other student’s opinions. Questions should be asked in the general forum discussion area so that everyone can benefit from getting answers to questions they may also have. A portion of the online participation grade will be determined by the amount of time spent online and the number of responses given online.
Assignment Due Dates
Assignments are either due by 6:00 p.m. the day of class or 11:55 p.m. of the stated due date. It is important that you pay close attention to the day AND time it is due. This will be determined by the Oncourse time stamp of when it was sent. Late submissions will be accepted when arrangements have been made with the instructor prior to the due date or an unexpected delay occurs, but a lower grade will be assessed. If an unexpected delay occurs I expect for you or someone else on your behalf to contact me by email or phone to explain the delay and when the work will be completed.
Learning is a collaborative enterprise. However, plagiarism and copyright infringement will NOT be tolerated and any infractions will result in a failing grade and an immediate removal from the course.
Please contact Tracy Springer at (765) 455-9356 if you feel you qualify for special services in the classroom based on the American Disability Act (ADA).