Academic Expectations in Online Classes
In many ways, the academic expectations in online courses are much like the expectations
in face-to-face courses. However, students need even more self-discipline and motivation
in online classes since they don’t have the accountability of a set time to go to
class. Online classes include individual assignments, discussion postings, and quizzes/exams
much like any other classes. In some online classes, there are also cooperative group
projects and assignments. The instructor guides students through activities, posting
announcements, delivering lecture materials, responding to questions, and grading
assignments and exams. In addition, the instructor provides a time frame within which
the course work must be completed. The great benefit of being in an online course
is that you have the flexibility of completing the work on your own schedule whether
that is 2 a.m. or 11 p.m. However, you must submit the work within the time frame
provided by the instructor.
Flexibility of Online Courses
The online course system is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and all you need is
a computer, course materials and reliable internet to “go to class”. You can log onto
your course from anywhere in the world whenever it is convenient for you. However,
there are some things to consider. Most of our online courses are asynchronous meaning
that students are not online at the same time. Yet, there are deadlines for assignments
set by the instructor so be sure to submit your work on time. Make a plan for your
classes then work the plan so that you can be successful.
Participation is key in online classes even more so than in face-to-face classes.
We all know of a friend who always went to class, sat in the back of the room, and
never said a word. Well, you don’t have that option in online classes because you
must step up and complete your work. Your discussion postings and assignment submissions
are the only way that the instructor knows that you are present. Participation may
be in the form of posting a discussion board message, reading course announcements,
contributing to a group project, completing a quiz or exam, or even participating
in a class survey. You will be expected to log into your online class on a regular
basis and complete the work assigned by the instructor. It’s best to set a schedule
of specific times each week for each online class and stick to your schedule. Find
a quiet space without other distractions like social media, phones, etc. A good rule
of thumb is to allot 5 to 10 hours per week per course depending on the number of
credit hours and type of course.
As a UofM student, you are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and
ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. We expect you to follow generally
accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending email, posting comments to the discussion
board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically,
you should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.
Effective and appropriate communication in an online course setting can be acheived
by abiding by these basic rules.
- Always include a subject line.
- Use standard fonts.
- Do not send large attachments without permission.
- Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be
avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
- Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful
in wording your emails.
- Respect the comments and privacy of other class members.
- Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker
then a discussant.
- Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
- Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion
group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
- Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering
- Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
- Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
- Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
In all of your academic activities, we expect you to maintain high standards of honesty
and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.
Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of
- to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer
programs, or other products prepared by another person
- or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials
Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.
guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation
or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of
the student’s home institution. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions
that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for
an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.
The University of Memphis Library offers assistance on proper methods for citation and guides to avoiding plagiarism.
Citing Internet Resources: A Guide for Students - by Community College of Philadelphia
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - By Purdue University
Turnitin is a widely used resource utilized by both faculty and students for the verification
of original written material. Students can use this tool to check their written work
to ensure they have properly cited sources.