Generally, student responsibilities in an online or blended course parallel those encountered in the traditional classroom with some variations given the nature of the course environment. These responsibilities include
- Attending the Course Orientation: Whether on-site or online, students must attend a course orientation to become accustomed to the learning environment in which the course will operate.
- Reading Course Documents: It is important that students read all course documents (e.g., syllabus, assignments) to become familiar with course expectations and provide them with the opportunity to clarify any areas that are unclear. This will allow them to properly plan for course activities.
- Attending” Class: Students must “attend” the online components of a course just as they would a traditional course. Class participation is essential to course success (see Student Attendance section).
- Organizing and Managing Time: Courses that have a significant online component do not provide students as many reminders of what needs to be done and when as the traditional face-to-face course. Therefore, the student needs to be well organized and must pay careful attention to the course’s schedule and deadlines.
- Academic Honesty: As with traditional classes, academic honesty is a cornerstone of student online coursework. All coursework must be their own.
- Acquiring Needed Materials: Students must obtain all necessary course materials, including required textbooks, lab materials, and course CD’s. In addition, the student may need to access various library resources. In this instance a current FSU identification card is required. Acquiring these materials is often essential for completing the online activities.
- Evaluating Computer Setup: Students are responsible for ensuring that they have the required hardware, software, and an Internet connection to provide easy access to the online elements of the course. If they plan to use public Internet access (e.g., a public library), they must contact the provider to determine whether the service is a viable option. Since all online and hybrid courses utilize FSU email accounts as a primary means of communication, students must be comfortable using their FSU email account.
- Staying in Contact: Student interaction with peers and the instructor is just as important in an online or blended course as it is in the traditional classroom. Students must take advantage of all the communication options that are available in the course (e.g., email, discussion boards, chat areas) to facilitate learning and complete projects.