Online Student Orientation



Online courses provide a flexible alternative to the traditional face-to-face learning environment.
However, learning online is different than attending class on campus. Because the online classroom differs from the traditional classroom, it is important for you to understand how to succeed in the online environment by completing an orientation session.

 

There are two orientation options for online students: Online Student Orientation which is a Blackboard (Bb) course and can be accessed once you can login to Blackboard (all online students are enrolled in this course after registering for your online or hybrid course), and mandatory Course Orientation sessions which are conducted by individual instructors.

 

Every student who registers for an online or hybrid course each semester is automatically enrolled in the Blackboard 'Online Student Orientation" course. This course is not mandatory or graded but is highly recommended for first-time online students.

 

 

Scroll down to see which orientation is right for you.

 


 

General Orientation

Online Student Orientation

There are two General Orientation Options: On Campus for a drop-in "hands-on" session and Online in Blackboard

 

On Campus "Drop-In"

The On Campus "Drop-In" Orientation is an optional session conducted by the eLearning Services staff. This session is for students who have questions or concerns about how the online course works and would like to sit down with an eLearning staff to go over the Blackboard course. Stop by and get hands-on experience to better understand how the online course works.

 

Largo Campus
Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Building
Room TBD
Thursday, August 22, 2019
6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

 

Online

The Online Student Orientation will lay the foundation for your success as an eLearning student by explaining:

  • The basics of your online class
  • Computer requirements and necessary technical skills
  • How to navigate the online classroom (Blackboard)
  • How to use the online library services
  • Campus resources available to you as an online student

Even if you have taken an online class before, complete the Online Student Orientation to enhance your online student skills and to refresh your memory about the online classroom.

 

You should see the "Online Student Orientation" course in your list of courses when you login to Blackboard. This is an optional course and is not graded. This course does not provide a certificate.

 


 

Course Orientation

 

Students should also verify if they are required to attend a

Course Orientation session as some instructors conduct their own, class-specific orientation sessions. Click Here to see if your instructor is conducting a course orientation session.


Course Orientation sessions are conducted by the instructor of your online course. Note: Not all instructors will conduct an orientation session. See the schedule below to determine if your instructor will conduct an orientation session.

In the Course Orientation, your instructor will cover information specific to the course and will answer any questions you have about the course. Examples of information covered in the Course Orientation include:


  • Syllabus information
  • Course expectations
  • Information about specific assignments covered in class
  • Special software, course materials and other requirements for the course
  • Setup of the online course in Blackboard

 

Where are the Course Orientation sessions?

 

All Course Orientation sessions are held on-campus. Specific locations are listed in the schedule below. If you are unable to attend your Instructor's orientation session, you must contact your instructor immediately. Click on the instructor's name for contact information. Note: Some courses do not require a Course Orientation so be sure to verify whether or not you need to attend.

 

Check back often for updates.

UPDATED: 08/22/19

Instructor-led Orientation Sessions
Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Course Section Course Title Instructor Location & Time





COM 1010

DL06





Foundations of Communication
CAT
Room 227
5:00 - 6:00 pm

DL10
CAT
Room 227
6:00 - 7:00 pm

DL11
CAT
Room 227
7:00 - 8:00 pm
COM 1090

DL01

Interpersonal Communication

CAT
Room 203
6:00 - 8:00 pm
COM 1090

DL02

EGL 1010

DL15

Composition I: Expository Writing
CAT
Room 109
5:00 - 6:00 pm

EGL 1320

DL01

Composition II: Writing for Business
CAT
Room 213
6:00 - 7:00 pm
INT 1010

DL09

Introduction to Information Technology

CAT
Room 203
5:00 - 6:00 pm
INT 1010

DL13

MAT 0071

DL01

Introductory Algebra
CAT
Room 107
6:00 - 7:00 pm

MAT 0104

DL01

Intermediate Algebra
CAT
Room 103
7:00 - 8:00 pm

MAT 0104

DL02

Intermediate Algebra
CAT
Room 105
5:00 - 6:00 pm

MAT 1140

DL01

Introduction to Statistics
CAT
Room 105
6:00 - 7:30 pm

MAT 1250

DL01

Applied College Algebra
CAT
Room 103
5:00 - 6:00 pm

MAT 1350

DL01

College Algebra
CAT
Room 213
5:00 - 6:00 pm

MAT 1350

DL02

College Algebra
CAT
Room 103
6:00 - 7:00 pm
MAT 1360

DL01
Trigonometry/Analytic Geometry

CAT
Room 107
5:00 - 6:00 pm
MAT 2160

DL01

Applied Calculus I

MAT 2210

DL01

Statistics
CAT
Room 105
6:00 - 7:30 pm

MAT 2410

DL01

Calculus I
CAT
Room 103
5:00 - 6:00 pm

MAT 2420

DL01

Calculus II
CAT
Room 105
5:00 - 6:00 pm

NTR 1010

DL05

Introductory Nutrition
CAT
Room 212
6:00 - 7:00 pm

NTR 1100

DL01

Introduction to
Food Science
CAT
Room 212
5:00 - 6:00 pm
PSY 1010
DL03

General Psychology

CAT
Room 215
6:00 - 7:00 pm
DL04
PSY 2070
DL06
Human Growth and Development
DL07