Eastern Kentucky University
Department of Computer Science
Syllabus for CSC 101 - Introduction to Online Learning
1 credit hour

Instructor: Kishore Acharya          Office: Wallace 417
kishore.acharya@eku.edu Office Hours: By appointment

Course Description:
Prepare students to take online courses at EKU including the use of the Blackboard learning environment. Help students acquire basic skills to be successful in online learning.

Richard J. Van Ness and Steven B. McIntosh, How To Succeed With Online Learning, published by BookSurge.com, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4196-9698-5.

Student Learning Outcomes:
In this course, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Explain the difference between an online course and a classroom course;
  2. Navigate in an online learning environment such as Blackboard;
  3. Use online learning tools;
  4. Find online learning resources;
  5. Distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior towards online learning.
Evaluation Methods: Grading Scale:
Midterm Exam 20% 90-100 A
Final Exam 20% 80-89 B
Discussion Board 20% 70-79 C
Assignments 20% 60-69 D
Project 20% 0-59 F

to get an A, you must have at least a B in each category
to get a B, you must have at least a C in each category
to get a C or D, you must have at least a D in each category.

Student Progress:
Student progress will be available on the EKU Blackboard System.

Attendance Policy:
Since this is fully online class, we never meet in the classroom. If you need help, send me an email and we can meet at EKU, Richmond Campus at mutually agreed time.

Late Assignment Policy:
Weekly assignments are due at the end of the day (11:59 pm) each Friday. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Use it or Lose it!
1st day of Attendance - “Use it or Lose it”.
Please remember that all students are expected to participate in blackboard by 1st day of class (Monday 11:59 PM). Those students who do not conform online participation, and have not communicated with the instructor regarding an anticipated absence, may be dropped from the class.

Last Date to Drop the Course:
The last day to drop the course can be found at http://colonelscompass.eku.edu/deadlines-adddrop-refunds (look for partial semester courses) and other important dates can be found at http://colonelscompass.eku.edu/.

Disability Statement:
A student with a “disability” may be an individual with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as learning, seeing or hearing. Additionally, pregnancy or a related medical condition that causes a similar substantial limitation may also be considered a disability under the ADA.

If you are registered with the Office of Services for Individuals with Disabilities, please obtain your accommodation letters from the OSID and present them to the course instructor to discuss any academic accommodations you need. If you believe you need accommodation and are not registered with the OSID, please contact the office in the Whitlock Building Room 361 by email at disserv@eku.edu or by telephone at (859) 622-2933. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in an alternative format.

Academic Integrity Statement:
Students are advised that EKU's Academic Integrity policy will strictly be enforced in this course. The Academic Integrity policy is available at http://studentrights.eku.edu/academic-integrity-policy. Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity.

Official E-mail:
An official EKU e-mail is established for each registered student, each faculty member, and each staff member. All university communications sent via e-mail will be sent to this EKU e-mail address.

Course Requirements:
Reading assignments, written assignments, lab assignments, midterm exam, and final exam.
Additional required activities, papers, quizzes, tests, oral reports, special projects, labs, etc. may be given when necessary.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to online courses
  2. Navigation in an online learning environment: Blackboard
  3. Files and Folders management
  4. Online learning tools: Communication, Course Tools, Portfolios, Course Map, ...
  5. Learning style and time management
  6. Ethics in online learning
  7. Copyright law and citation format
  8. Computer protection and secure browsing
  9. Course evaluation and feed back