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Asynchronous – Discussion Board
Asynchronous discussions take the form of posts and responses to a discussion forum. In this type of discussion, the instructor will pose a topic and require students to post a discussion, respond and perhaps critique and evaluate their peer’s submission. Asynchronous discussion may be used to generate discussion solely among students.
Synchronous – Virtual Classroom
Synchronous discussions are similar to chat rooms. The instructor will organize a time for a virtual meeting using the Elluminate software program and will provide topics for discussion. Synchronous discussions move rapidly and responses must be read quickly, thus emphasizing the ideas being expressed rather than who is expressing them. Students can send private questions to the instructor and receive a private response. Instructors will often record and archive chat sessions for students to review if needed.
Since this is an online course, most communications from the professor will take place via email and through the Announcements section of the course map.
All electronic communication from the professor will be directed to the Frostburg State University email address of the student.
Students are responsible for the content of all communications. As such, students must monitor their Frostburg State University email accounts frequently and regularly throughout the term.
It is expected that students will follow the following guidelines when sending email to faculty or fellow students:
The professor will utilize the Announcements section of the course regularly to provide students information related to the course. Students are advised to check this section with every log-on. Students are responsible for this content.
Written assignments will be submitted electronically through the module assignment link in Blackboard, located with each assignment.
Netiquette and Group Dynamics: The Core Rules of Netiquette
(Adapted from Harasim, L., Hiltz, S.R., Teles, L., & Turoff, M. (1995). Learning Networks: A Field Guide to Teaching and Learning Online. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.)
This refers to your efforts to create a sense of online community. Positive climate building can reduce anxiety about communicating online, and contribute to a positive collegial environment. Climate building can be developed by:
Beyond Netiquette: Do's and Don'ts