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Student Responsibilities for Online Learning

In order to succeed in an online class, students need to have the required level of computer skills, motivation and a commitment to learn and work on their own. Online classes are good for self-starters: those students who can take the initiative to complete coursework without the direct supervision of a professor.

Online learning is not for everyone. Individuals who prefer face-to-face communication or traditional group work should weigh these factors in determining if an online class is appropriate. Academic standards for online courses are the same as those for all other courses offered at Hostos.

  • For hybrid online courses, students will have in-class sessions approximately once a week. Students are expected to accomplish at least 50% of the class work online.
  • For asynchronous online courses, all classes are online, but there is the possibility that some exams will be taken in a classroom. Students will receive written directions from their instructor. The interaction between the instructor and the students (and among students) is based on writing and reading of postings and continuous participation in an online discussion. Students are expected to write and read a lot in addition to the textbook, lectures and other required readings. It is expected that all students will be able to express and communicate effectively in writing.
  • Students considering an online course should e-mail the instructor before registering and explain their decision to register for the course.

If you would like to assess your motivation and preparedness for online learning, please answer the following 10 questions. You will receive feed back after you SUBMIT your responses. Your honest answers will help you determine if an online course is appropriate for you.

1. Are you comfortable communicating through writing?
2. Are you a person who can work independently and without the in-class presence of a instructor?

3. Are you comfortable using the Hostos student e-mail system?

4. Are you willing to log in at least twice a week into the Blackboard class site, keep up with readings, and complete your online assignments and course work on time?

5. Have you taken any web-enhanced, hybrid or asynchronous courses?

6. Are you comfortable working with computers?

7. Do you have regular access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection?

8. Are you familiar with the electronic resources for research provided through the college library?

9. Are you willing to learn new computer skills-even if it means additional online or on campus training?

10. Are you willing to learn new information literacy skills-even if it means additional online or on campus training?

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