What to Expect
How eLearn Courses Work
- eLEARN courses are scheduled during Fall and Spring semesters with the same start and ending dates as regular classes. Some courses are also offered online during the Summer.
- Classes currently use an online learning system called Moodle to access course materials, view lesson instructions, interact with class members, and take online tests. Registered students receive access to the Moodle sites for their courses.
- Some courses include resource CDs with multimedia or interactive content in addition to regular textbooks. The instructor will inform you how these are to be used in the course.
Academic Workload Assumptions
Students sometimes take online courses thinking that they will be a quick and easy alternative to a regular course. This is not the case with CCU’s eLearn courses. Each course has been designed with several assumptions:
- The time involved with the material should be equivalent to that in an on-campus classroom. Traditional classes expect 2-3 hours of in-class time each week and then 2-3 hours of homework outside of class for each hour in class.
- On campus students have an opportunity to discuss the material presented in class with the instructor and with each other.
Based on these assumptions, most CCU eLearn courses are designed with the following workload requirements:
- Students will need to devote 9-12 hours per week to one online course. As with face-to-face classes, some are harder and some are easier, but students should plan on this time investment before enrolling in an online course.
- Since there is no in-class lecture time, students in most eLearn classes will do more work on their own, with less content just delivered to them. This requires a level of personal discipline and responsibility.
- Most classes include an online discussion requirement for the course. We learn best when we can process what we are learning personally and by talking about it with others. The online discussions are an important facet of the learning process because they provide opportunities to wrestle with the material and dialog about it with fellow students. The online discussions can provide a sense of connection with others who are in the class. The time for reading, thinking about, and replying to discussion posts is included in the workload assumptions for eLearn courses. It does take time to read and think about the professor’s post, to craft a required response, to review the responses of fellow students, and then comment on some of their posts also. This is an important, but time-consuming part of the online learning environment. As you read the posts and think about your responses, though, you are actively engaging with the course material and its implications and this is vital part of your learning experience.
Ohio Learning Network - E 4 ME Course (FREE)
The Ohio Learning Network provides an introductory online learning course called E 4 ME. In one month you learn how to become a successful online student, determine your technical and online skill levels, and find help determining the best program for your needs.
You can access E 4 ME at http://www.e4meohio.org.