THE NATURE OF ONLINE LEARNING:
The teaching offered in this course is not designed to just instruct, but to enable learners to fully participate in learning conversations. Interaction between and among students provide the power for this platform, thus students must take responsibility for creating a stimulating and engaging online learning environment. This will involve checking email on a regular basis, logging into the class website regularly to keep up with assignments and participate fully in online discussions, and scheduling regular blocks of study time each week.
Online learning generally provides considerable freedom, allowing students
to often choose when and where they’ll participate in class activities.
But at the same time, students have the same kinds of deadlines and structured
responsibilities of a face-to-face class. In other words, flexibility must
be balanced by responsibility. Like a face-to-face course, online courses
require that assignments be completed by due dates, attendance (via your
logins to your course), involvement in online discussions, and sometimes
group collaboration. Most students enjoy the active learning that online
PREREQUISITE COMPUTER SKILLS:
It is critical that you have the minimum technical skills necessary to succeed in an online course. You should have the ability to use the computer and basic software (word processing, spreadsheets, and browsers). You should be able to download (save) and upload files and documents. If you are a novice WebCT user, you should take the WebCT student tutorial before proceeding with an online course. The WebCT student tutorial at
http://webct.westga.edu/public/ABCMERGER1111/index.html (username= guest and password = guest) and the WebCT Student Orientation at
are highly recommended.
- a 486/66Mhz (minimum) PC with 16 MB of RAM OR a Macintosh PowerPC with 16 MB RAM or better OR any other Macintosh with a 68040 processor and 16MB or RAM or better
- 28.8 modem or better
- an internet service provider
- Netscape 4.0 or better OR MS Internet Explorer 3.0 or later (but not Netscape 6.0 and Internet Explorer 5.5 service pack 1)
Please see further details on technical requirements at http://distance.westga.edu/vitalinfo.html.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Distance Learning Library Services http://www.westga.edu/~library/depts/offcampus/
(678) 839-6507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Excel Center for Academic Success http://www.westga.edu/~EXCELcenter/
(678) 839-6280 or email email@example.com
Student Services http://www.westga.edu/~stusrvc/
FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
The Office of Financial Aid at West Georgia http://www.westga.edu/~finaid/
(678) 839-6421 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COSTS AND PAYMENT POLICIES
How to pay fees can be found at: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/online/fees.html
Distance Course Fee Policy: Off-campus course students (section#s 40-99) are not charged on-campus fees, except for the Technology Fee. See links below for specific and up-to-date fee structures.
Undergraduate Fee information is available BUT make sure you scroll down to the Off-Campus Fee section: http://www.westga.edu/~admiss/index.php?id=feestuition
Graduate Fee information is available BUT make sure you scroll down to the Off-Campus Fee section: http://www.westga.edu/~gradsch/forms/printable/FeeSummary.pdf
UWG ONLINE CONNECTION
An Orientation Site for students attending UWG solely through on-line courses
The Distance Student Guide is the most informative and complete resource for distance learners at West Georgia. Please see http://www.westga.edu/~distance/handbook.html.