Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answer: Taking an online class requires self-directed study, motivation, and the ability to complete assignments on schedule. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet. Course work can be completed either from home (if the student has access to the Internet via a private Internet Service Provider) or at one of the Cosumnes River College computer labs (BS-145A or LRC-204) during regular lab hours.
Your answers to the following questions may help you decide if online learning is right for you:
- Access to Equipment
Once you have identified the appropriate equipment, do you have ready access to it? Is it in a quiet place where you can study?
- Computer Knowledge
Are you comfortable on the computer? Do you know how to use simple word-processing software and how to save files? Have you spent time on the Internet? Can you key 30 or more words a minute? If you answer no to any of these questions, you will have to struggle to survive in an online class.
- Support From Family and Friends
Do family and friends realize that you are taking a serious college class and you will need time to do class work even though you are not going to the college campus?
Answer: Business 100 is offered both on campus (Tuesdays and Thursdays—12-1:20 p.m.—in Room BS-148 at Cosumnes River College) and online. The online environment is organized into different sections for lectures, assignments, quizzes, online discussions, e-mail, and other important class components.
The on-campus and the online classes complement each other. If an online student feels the need for face-to-face interaction, he or she may remain in the online class and attend the on-campus class (no permission needed).
Answer: The time needed to complete an online class varies by course, professor, and the number of course units. The Business 100 on-campus class requires 9 additional hours plus the three hours spent in class; the online class requires approximately 12 hours a week--reading, doing homework assignments (reviewing online lectures), and completing other online activities. Commuting time is the only time saved.
Answer: You may use any personal computer (PC) or Macintosh computer with reliable access to the Internet [Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher)—not visible on Firefox, Netscape, or AOL Web browser]. The computer Status Bar should be visible.
Answer: Yes, you will use the same textbook (The Gregg Reference Manual 11th Edition/ Comprehensive Worksheets 11th Edition) used in the on-campus class. Visit the campus or telephone the Cosumnes River College Bookstore at (916) 691-7319 for more information. Depending upon your location, you may also check to see if the needed textbook is available at one of the other Los Rios Community College District campus bookstores: American River College at (916) 484-8111; Folsom Lake Center at (916) 608-6565; or Sacramento City College at (916) 558-2421. You may also check other sources (e.g., http://www.half.com, Amazon, etc.) for competitive book prices.
Answer: You will set your own schedule for your online studies. Professor Miller will give you the deadlines and a suggested pace to enable success; however, YOU will decide when and how often you will go online. Successful students check in every day or two to see if there are new messages or discussion items.
Answer: Once you have accessed the Online Los Rios eLearning site at http://www.d2l.losrios.edu, you will find useful information (toll-free technical Help Desk support at 866-353-9451 and the Los Rios Help Desk available by e-mail for assistance with Desire2Learn, iMail, or eServices issues). For problems with personal computers, students must provide their own technical support.
Answer: Telephone Professor Miller at (916) 691-7221. Understand, however, that a personal computer problem is not an acceptable reason for incomplete or late assignments.