Dalton State College
Division of Social Sciences
Main Differences Between Online and Regular Courses
Online courses taught by Dr. El-Najjar are different from his regular courses in the following:
1. Attendance is not required except for taking the basic in-class exams, on campus.
2. The basic in-class Exams are to be taken in the specific dates mentioned in the course schedule. Other assignments and tests are to be taken or completed online through the Georgia View learning system.
3. All materials which are usually given to students in a regular face-to-face class will be available online for students of online and hybrid courses. This includes lecture notes, handouts, audio-visual materials, study guides, and chapter tests.
Self-Assessment Questions & Strategies for Successfully Completing Online and Hybrid Classes
Who should take online or hybrid courses?
Online courses are for students who are very self-disciplined, who do not need the classroom presence to keep them on schedule, and who can study independently. Such students should also be comfortable with Internet and computer technology and have access to a computer at home.
Are online courses less time-consuming?
No. It takes as much time and effort to do well in an online course, and, in fact, it may take more time.
Who should not take online courses?
Online courses are not for students who need face-to-face interaction with the instructor and with other students. Students who need the structure of the classroom should not take online or hybrid courses. Also, online courses are not for those who are new to computers or to Internet technology.
How often do hybrid classes meet face to face?
Students who are enrolled in hybrid classes need to understand that hybrid classes meet face-to-face at least once each week.
How do students know when class starts and what the assignments are?
Online classes usually start on the same date as do regular classes. Instructors will attempt to contact students on the first day of class. However, it is the student's obligation to go to the course web page and contact the instructor no later than the first day of classes. Assignments and other instructions will be posted on the course web page. It is the student's responsibility to read all materials on the web page, to complete all assigned readings in the textbook, and to contact the instructor with any questions. Students enrolled in online and hybrid classes should monitor the course web page four or five times a week to be well informed about assignments and other important information.
Strategies for Taking Online and Hybrid Classes
1. Become familiar with the course's online delivery system.
2. Log on to your course every day (or a minimum of 5 to 6 days a week).
3. Read your course syllabus carefully.
4. Complete all assigned reading online and in your textbook. Reading is essential.
Most materials should be reread at least three times.
5. Participate fully.
6. Manage your time and review frequently.
7. Submit all assignments on time.
8. Speak up if you are having problems.
9. Be patient and polite. As much as your instructor will try to be prompt in answering questions,
do not expect instantaneous responses to your emails.
10. Document your emails and postings. For complete and accurate documentation, anytime you
send an email or posting, send a copy to yourself. Doing so provides proof that the email was
delivered through the school's system and shows when the email was sent.