First Week of Your Online Course
Most online courses begin with an introductory module called “Start Here.” This page is the best way to get started in your course.
It might contain several pages including:
- Welcome letter
- Meet your instructor
- About the book and the course
- What is covered each week
- Grading and evaluation criteria
- Due dates
- Resources and links important to your course
- On-campus resources and support services and more
Your instructor will then ask you to access the syllabus link, in Course Navigation. The syllabus will provide you with all the necessary information about the class, objectives of the course, and a sense of what the course will be like.
It will look very much like your other course syllabuses, but it will include additional information necessary for online courses.
Many instructors will give a simple introductory activity under the Discussions link. Most introductory discussions are a chance for you, your instructor, and your classmates to get to know each other. He or she might ask you to reply to other classmate’s responses.