Online Learning Works
Is It Different?
many ways taking an online course is similar to taking a face-to-face
course. Your course will have a specific starting and ending date
and a professor who will provide you with a syllabus, assignments,
and other information about the course. Whether you take a face-to-face
or an online course at NJCU, the content and the quality of the
instruction remain the same. Since online courses require no face-to-face
meetings, this gives you an opportunity to participate in an outstanding
learning experience that is flexible and convenient.
What most students
find different about online learning is the way in which they will
be communicating with their professor and other online learners
and how course content is delivered. Most courses at NJCU utilize
Blackboard Learn, a learning management system with built in tools for communication,
collaboration, content delivery, and assessment. You don’t
need any special software installed on your computer to use Blackboard Learn
and you can access your course anywhere you have access to the Internet
and a supported web browser (e.g., Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
Inside Your Course?
When you log
into your course in Blackboard Learn, your professor will provide materials
(e.g., syllabus, lessons, assignments, etc.) to guide you through
whatever is required to begin and keep pace with the course. You
should plan on logging into your course on a regular basis and expect
to devote at least the same amount of time to it as you would to
a face-to-face course. You will most likely be communicating with
your professor and classmates through messages and discussion, both
of which are built into Blackboard Learn. So, you will not need a separate
e-mail address to participate. There may also be synchronous online chats that
the professor may schedule which will allow you to communicate in real-time with your professor and
classmates. Your instructor may also ask you to post your assignments
or take a quiz both of which can be completed within Blackboard Learn.
a free online tutorial to assist you in getting started with your
first online course. This tutorial is designed to provide you with
the information and skills necessary to become a successful online
learner. In addition, continued support is available throughout
the semester through the Department of Online Learning. You may also
contact the DL Support Team via e-mail at any time. A member of
the Team will get back to you within twenty-four hours - even on