About Online Courses
This program is 100% online. No travel to campus is required.
Types of learning activities include PowerPoint, instructor lecture notes, written assignments, quizzes, essay testing, multiple choice testing, case studies, group work and papers.
Course Management Software
You access your courses through our online course management software, Sakai.
Sakai offers you access to documents, your grade book, discussion, live chat, assignment uploads and online testing.
Online Interaction with Faculty and Other Students
Online chat provides an opportunity for faculty and students to communicate with one another in synchronous (at-the-same-time) discussions. Faculty may schedule formal chats with their students to cover specific topics and/or to solicit the participation of invited guests which may include renowned experts in their fields. Students may also use online chat to form study groups or to gather informally. Chat will be available for students, but may or may not be use based upon the nature of the course and its planned activities.
The message tool in Sakai will allow you to contact other students in your class.
Online Class Activity
Online courses are much like classroom courses in that students will be expected to complete reading from textbooks and or electronic materials, write papers, conduct research, take exams and quizzes, make presentations, and complete individual and group projects.
Some instructors will also provide lecture material in written or PowerPoint format, and may even offer online video materials. Students will participate in class discussion through the discussion board and complete all group work online.
For a three credit hour course, you will spend a minimum of six to nine hours a week working on course work.
Some of the time will be spent online and other time will be spent reading, writing and problem solving offline.
Actual study time will depend on the student's prior background, training, experience, talents, type of text or exercise, etc. It is important for students to visit class often. Students may want to check daily to see if the instructor has put up a new announcement or if there is anything new in the discussion area. Generally, students are not expected to be on the course site constantly for long, extended periods of time, but occasionally examinations or other course activities may require student presence for extended periods of time.
Contacting & Interacting With Your Instructor
Students will be able to contact the instructor via email and phone. Each instructor has posted office hours and checks e-mail and voice mail messages at reasonable intervals during the normal Monday through Friday work week.
Typical email messages will be responded to within one business working day. Returns of assignment and tests may take longer. Saturdays and Sundays are not considered business working days.
If you need assistance, contact your instructor or the WSC Help Desk at 375-7107, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Software & Uploading Your Work
Sakai works best with Mozilla Firefox. Sakai will work with Internet Explorer. Safari is not recommended, but if you must use it, be sure to use the latest version.
The standard software is Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Multimedia software such as Media Player, QuickTime or RealPlayer and a pdf file reader software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader may also be necessary. Faculty may require the use of special software that is bundled with the textbook or the purchase of additional software.
When submitting your assignments in Sakai, the file format will be determined by the instructor and the software used. Sakai will allow the instructor to set acceptable formats. File formats associated with Microsoft Office are the primary formats accepted. Using Star Office and Open Office file formats are prohibited.
If you are creating a presentation using images taken with a digital camera, they can be quite large. Usually this should not cause problems, as the Sakai upload limit is 200mb. However, if you are creating a lengthy presentation with multiple images, it is recommended that the images be compressed. This can be done easily with Microsoft Office Picture Manager (open your image file in Picture Manager, pull down the Picture menu, select Compress, select Compress for: Web pages, and click OK) or other image editing software.
Books can be ordered by calling (402) 375-4010 or online at www.bkstr.com. On the website, by selecting the appropriate term, books for a particular class can be viewed. The bookstore accepts checks and all major credit cards. Please allow one week for receipt of textbooks after placing the order.
The Sakai course management software provides the student with a grade book and assignment tools that will aid them in evaluating their performance in the course. All assignments turned in through the assignment tool can include feedback from the instructor on the student’s performance. Once the students grade is made available the student can access the graded assignment via the assignment tool, reopen the assignment and read any feedback provide by the instructor. Whenever possible, instructors are encouraged to use a grading rubric and provide comments.
Students writing research papers should follow the style guidance of the American Psychological Association (APA).