What is Online Learning?
Online learning or eLearning or distance learning is learning utilizing electronic technologies to access educational curriculum outside of a traditional classroom. This form of learning relies on the Internet for teacher/student interaction and the distribution of class materials.
How are on-line courses taught?
Informatics online courses are taught through Microsoft Teams and Skillsoft Percipio learning experience platform. Microsoft Teams is the primary classroom. All links to Percipio are loaded inside the classrooms. Prior to the course start date, all students must complete the learning platforms orientation. The link to the orientation will be sent to enrolled students. Lack of familiarity with the online system will impede learning. Once logged into the learning management system, you have access to the courses assigned to you after enrollment. In addition to text book readings, instructors may also utilize a wide variety of technology tools to supplement learning, such as, video recordings of class lectures, informational video clips, web-links, social networking programs, etc.
In regards to technology, what do I need to succeed in an online course?
Students need access to a computer or any digital device that can connect to the internet, such as a smartphone, The minimum speed when connected should be 2mbps.
Do I need to be connected to the internet all the time?
Students will need Internet connection to:
- check assigned tasks,
- download learning materials such as videos and books, which can be watched and read offline,
- collaborate with classmates,
- consult with teachers,
- upload assignments and projects
- take the assessment.
What happens if the Internet is down or if I have computer problems?
Technology is great when it is running smoothly; however, you should plan and prepare for technology glitches. If your computer or digital device is not working, try logging off and on again. Rebooting the computer often fixes many problems. You can still access the class by using any computer that is online. You may also use the free Facebook Messenger to contact your instructor. Text-based lessons may also be shared using this platform.
Not waiting until the last minute to complete assignments will help you avoid missing critical deadlines.
What if I have other issues with the technology? How do I get assistance?
You may contact your Center’s Academic Department for assistance through email, landline, mobile phone and social media account. Click here for Directory.
What if I need help with the course content?
Students taking online courses will need to request assistance from or request for consultation time with their lecturer or teacher.
When does my class meet?
Online classes begin after student orientation and class adviser consultation for Senior High School and College students. Online courses are generally conducted “asynchronously” which means students and instructors take turns discussing class material in a back and forth manner. Most instructors require frequent participation online. You can log in to the system whenever it is convenient for you – any time, day, or night, to complete assignments, retrieve, and/or send course information.
Will I be able to communicate online sufficiently with the lecturer or other students?
You will not only be in contact with your instructor, but everyone in the class will be involved in many group and individual discussions. The online format facilitates enhances communication in ways that would be impossible in other situations. If need be, you can schedule a face-to-face or phone appointment with your lecturer.
How do I pay for my tuition fees?
Please contact your center for these options:
- Bank Transfer
- Pay at the school (contact the school for cashier schedules)
How do I take my exams for the course?
Some courses are completely online. However, some courses will require exams to be proctored at the Center. Examination schedules will be announced using the Center’s various announcement boards such as Facebook page, chat groups, Informatics website and or via SMS..
What personal skills do I need to succeed in an online course?
- Self-discipline and motivation to succeed help a lot. Students who delay working on assigned online lessons have trouble succeeding in online learning.
- Strong time management and organizational skills are fundamental.
- Writing is the primary mode of communication. A good writing skill is important.
- You are expected to be able to read, interpret material, and complete coursework with minimal supervision and direction.
- You must be comfortable with asking questions or expressing difficulties. If not, instructors will assume you are progressing without difficulty.
- Online instructors DO NOT teach technology skills. Students MUST have moderate computer experience – including and not limited to:
- ability to submit and retrieve assignments and other course materials,
- ability to send and receive e-mail with or without attachments,
- ability to download files,
- ability to work in a Windows environment,
- ability to create PDF (portable document format) documents
- ability to create multimedia materials
- ability to effectively navigate the World Wide Web.
Are online courses easier or more difficult than traditional lecture courses?
Online courses are neither easier nor more difficult than traditional classroom classes. The same amount of work is expected with either format. The presentation of the information is different and therefore, in addition to the course content, your learning style and study skills will play a major role in determining the ease or difficulty of the course. Class participation is mandatory. Although flexible by nature, online courses have assignment deadlines just as traditional lecture courses and late assignments are not accepted. If you fail to make satisfactory progress, the instructor has the right to drop you from the course.