POLS 301 Online - About Online Learning
Are you ready for success as an online student?
- To find out more about online learning, and to assess your readiness to take and succeed in an online learning, check out ARC's Distance Education Introduction to Online Learning web page and the links to additional resources provided.
What should you expect in this POLS 301 Online class?
- This class is NOT self-paced. Class materials will become available and work must be completed at regularly scheduled times throughout the semester. You will need to establish a regular schedule for checking the class website for announcements and updates, accessing content and completing required work. You should plan to spend at least 9 hours per week to complete the required work for this class.
- The class will be administered through Canvas, a Los Rios eLearning system.
- Regular and reliable access to a desktop or laptop computer with internet access is expected. This class is not designed to be worked on exclusively using mobile devices, e.g. a smartphone or an iPad or the equivalent.
- The class website will become available to all enrolled students beginning on the first day of instruction for the semester.
- A mandatory orientation must be completed online via Canvas by all enrolled students before having access to any additional class materials.
- Important documents such as the class syllabus, calendar of due dates, assignment descriptions and requirements, grading criteria, etc. will be provided within the class website on the first day of instruction for the semester.
- In this class, students will
- Read, view and/or interact with online text, media, and presentations.
- Read and complete activities within the required web-based textbook.
- Interact with classmates and the instructor via online discussions.
- Complete and submit assignments online.
- Prepare for and take examinations online.
- To be successful in this class you must be highly proactive and self-disciplined.
- You will read and write a lot more in an online learning environment than in campus-based classes. College students read a lot, but because this class is offered fully online text is used to convey ideas much more frequently. While you may listen to some presentations you will also need to read to acquire the required content, read and post written messages on discussion boards to ask questions and engage in discussion, and navigate the class website and other resources based on written instructions.
- You will need to be self-motivated and able to effectively manage your time. While students are not required to login to the class website at any specific time during each week (except for examinations), this class is NOT SELF-PACED. Class materials are made available and work must be completed on a weekly basis. You will need to establish your own regular schedule for checking the class website for announcements and updates, accessing content, and completing required work.
- Plan to spend approximately 9 hours each week completing the requirements for this class. This is the same amount of total time you would be expected to spend on work for any 3-unit transfer-level course.