What to Expect

Are you ready for Online Classes?

are you ready for online classes?
  • Expect to feel lost ... initially!
  • Expect to work as hard, or even harder, than in traditional face-to-face classes.
  • You will be expected to log into your class frequently.
  • You will be expected to meet assignment deadlines likely on a weekly basis. An online class is not an independent study environment.
  • You will be expected to submit your work on time despite whatever technical difficulties you may have.
  • You can expect your instructor to provide you with an online syllabus clearly stating course policies and grading scale.
  • You can expect your instructor to return assignments in a timely fashion.
  • You can expect your instructor to respond to questions in a timely manner – usually within 48 hours.
  • You can expect your instructor to provide you with the same quality information as in any class.
  • You can expect your instructor to clearly state expectations for assignments, including what the assignment requires you to do and how it will be graded.
  • You can expect your online instructor to hold virtual office hours.
  • You CANNOT expect your online instructor to make special exceptions for you about assignment due dates or other class requirements.
  • You CANNOT expect your instructor to read your work any time you want. He or she will not be able to give you comments on work other than when he or she asked for it to be submitted, or during arranged office hours.
  • Today, anyone who graduates from college needs to know how to use a computer and navigate the Internet.
  • If you do not currently possess any of these skills, don’t panic. Help is available.
  • In an online class, all your communication with your teacher and your classmates happens in writing.
  • You will need some basic word processing skills as well.
  • You will also need to know how to use email effectively and navigate websites.

 

Contact us

Office of Academic, Faculty, and Student Affairs
Teaching & Learning Center
920 Madison Ave. Ste. 424
Memphis, TN 38163
Karen Shader
(901) 448-2947
kshader@uthsc.edu