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eLearning

Free Microsoft software for SCC Students

There are many eLearning options available to students at SCC.

If you're new to these alternative class formats, then you can read more about it here!

eLearning is not for everyone. If you are interested in determining if online or hybrid learning is right for you, then take this survey, which will provide you with valuable feedback in the following areas.

  • Personal Attributes
  • Learning Styles
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Technical Competency
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Typing Speed & Accuracy

It only takes 10-15 minutes to complete and gives you instant results. The survey is not designed to exclude students from courses. The survey is designed to provide valuable feedback for the student in regards to their strengths and weaknesses related to online learning. From this feedback students can work to strengthen their weaknesses and enhance successful learning.

Access the survey at: http://scottsdalecc.smartermeasure.com

On the left side of this page, select "ScottsdaleCC" from the Username drop-down menu. Enter "Artichoke" for the password.

Netiquette Q&A
What is netiquette?

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines Netiquette as "etiquette governing communication on the Internet".

Why is netiquette important?
In an online environment, communication is primarily handled via the written (or typed) word; there is no "face to face" communication. The lack of facial expressions, voice inflections, and body language are absent in email communications; therefore, there are set standards of etiquette when communicating in cyberspace to help avoid misunderstanding.

Where will I use netiquette?

Netiquette applies to places online that you will be communicating. Key places that netiquette will apply are emails, discussion board postings, voice board postings, etc.

What are the rules of netiquette?
  • Sarcasm and humor can often be misunderstood in an online format. If using sarcasm or humor be sure to include a clue like an emoticon ;-) or a laugh “ha ha”
  • UPPERCASE letters generally are associated with yelling. You should write most emails and posts using upper and lower case letters.
  • If you are writing an email or post about something that you are emotional about you may want to draft it and then read it several hours later prior to sending or posting it. This may prevent you from sending something that you may regret.
  • Instructors receive a massive amount of email daily you can help them to be able to respond to you quickly by providing information in your emails. Be sure to include your name, the course you are taking, and the section number in all email correspondence with your instructor.
  • Be specific when asking questions. For example, if you are having difficulty with an assignment, in addition to providing the personal information as described above, explain what assignment it is, what you understand, and what you are having difficulty with so they can fine tune a response for you.
  • Read your emails and posts prior to sending/posting them to ensure readability and that your intended message is clear.
  • Check your course syllabus and/or instructor’s introduction to determine their guidelines for responding to emails.
Best Practices/Helpful Hints

Online classes are not necessarily easier than traditional classroom courses. Online courses require you to be responsible for accessing course materials, managing your assignments, and remaining in contact with your instructor. Here are some best practices and helpful hints that may be useful.

Time management

Have a good understanding of the amount of time that your online class will take. Online and hybrid classes replace time that you would spend in class with online work. In addition to that work, you will have homework to do too. As a guideline, you should plan to spend 3-9 hours per week working on a 3 credit course. For some students the time may be less while others may need more time and some classes will require more time on task as well.

Develop a regular schedule for working on your class

You should establish a regular schedule for working on your online or hybrid course work. Studies have shown that students who have scheduled their time to work on these types of classes are more successful than those students who do not. In order to be able to focus on your work during this time, let your family/friends know that the time that you are working on your class should be interruption free.

Don’t wait until right before an assignment is due to submit it

Many students wait until just before an assignment is due to submit it. This can be problematic if you encounter a problem with your computer or your internet service provider. It is recommended that you submit your work at a time that if you encounter difficulty you can find an alternate way to submit your assignment (like working from the library or a friend’s computer).

Ask questions

If you have a question, be sure to send an email to your instructor or post in a questions discussion board. If you have a question, it is likely that other students also have the same question, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Additionally, the longer you wait to have a question answered, the further you will get behind, so ask questions as soon as you have them so you can move forward. Remember your instructors are there to help you.

Working Technology and Tech Skills

If you are enrolling in an online or hybrid course, you should have basic technology skills and regular access to a computer with the required software for your class, and an active internet connection.

Technology skills you should have include ability to use the Internet, email skills, word processing skills, ability to copy and paste, etc. Specific classes may have additional required technology skills.

Back up your assignments

You should make sure that you have back ups of your assignments. It is recommended that you save your assignments on the hard drive of your computer and to your hard disk space on mySCC. You can also save copies on a flash drive.

If your computer breaks find an alternative

As a student enrolled in an online or hybrid course, you are responsible for finding an alternate computer with Internet access if your computer becomes unusable. You are welcome to use the computers on the SCC campus located in the library and the Tech Center. Additionally, computers with Internet access are often available at public libraries. It is also allowable to use a friend or family member’s computer if available.

Using the discussion board

Discussion boards have been created to foster discussion among you, your classmates, and your instructor.

Discussion board postings are often graded and should be well written. All postings should be answered completely with an answer written in your own words (not written word for word from your textbook or the Internet) and should include some commentary from you on what you think of the subject matter and any local perspective that you know of or have researched. If appropriate, you should include a citation of any sources that you are using.

Your response should always be respectful and can include additional questions that you have, additional resources in regard to the question, or additional information that you can add to the student's response.

It is recommended that you create your discussion board postings in a word processing program and then copy and paste the content into your posting. We encourage this because sometimes the Internet connection will timeout while you are writing your posting.