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Academic Calendar

Here is the Calendar of events for OLC.

  • December 23rd 2014
    • 5:00pm: Bravehearts vs. Mt. Marty
  • December 24th, 25th, 26th, 2014
    • Christmas Holiday
  • January 5th - January 9th 2015
    • Registration Week
  • January 7th 2015
    • 10:00am: Chairs Mtg.
    • 4:00pm: OLC vs. Jamestown
  • January 12th - January 16th 2015
    • Add/Drop Week
    • Assessment Day
    • 5:30pm: OLC vs. Dakota State
  • January 13th 2015
    • Assessment Day
    • 12:00pm: Course Cancellation

Distance Learning

Before Your Distance Learning Course Begins

A Check List for Students

First, go to Is Distance Learning Right for Me? and take the quiz to see if Distance Learning is right for you.

A To Do List - Before My Distance Class Begins

You have registered for a Distance Learning Course and want to know how it will work? First, please remember that your course will be using electronic technology and will not meet on a certain day and time at a certain location. Before the course begins you will need to:

  • Contact your instructor using e-mail to let him/her know you have registered for xyz course
  • Request an copy of the course syllabus from instructor
    • The course syllabus will be sent to you through OLC's e-mail system
  • Remember - your distance learning course will begin the first week of classes and will have weekly assignments
  • Login into the course site if your course will be meeting on Moodle
    • Read and become familiar with the information located in the course site
    • Do the "Before the Course Begins" assignments
  • Purchase a copy of the course textbook
  • Read and review each of the links at the bottom of this page

A Check List for Instructors and Advisers

A Month Before Classes Begin

  • Prepare an announcement to each of your students that includes your e-mail address, biography and an initial class announcement

Two Weeks Before the Class Begins

  • A detailed course syllabus
    • Includes contact information, course goals and objectives, required textbook and course materials, grading criteria, a brief listing of project assignments, a course schedule of assignments and due dates.
  • An introduction to the course
  • A list of acceptable file types with naming conventions
  • The first week's content and activities
  • The first weeks online meetings such as synchronous meetings, Instructor and students introductions, etc.

Ref: Expectations for Classroom Setup and Online Teaching, University of Maryland University College http://www.umuc.edu/distance/odell/ctla/expectations/index.shtml

A Check List for College Center Staff

As College Center Staff you have advised and registered a students. Take a few extra minutes and help each student to understand how Jenzabar, TuxedoMail and Moodle works? Before the semester begins you will need to:

  • Have a list of instructors with each their contact information and give to each student
  • Advise each to student to contact their instructor using e-mail to let him/her know they have registered for xyz course as soon as they have registered for the course.
    • Remind the student to check their OLC e-mail each day. This will be crucial to their success in the course
    • Remind the student to check their assignments daily and submit their assignments through out each week. Assignments may be due several days each week.
  • Request an copy of the course syllabus from instructor
  • Advise each student that preparation BEFORE the first week of classes is very important
  • Have the student work through the list of things to do in the Student section above
  • Provide for and advertise training sessions on TuxedoMail and Moodle before the first week of classes

Getting Started

What is Distance Learning?
Is Distance Learning Right for Me?
Distance Learning Delivery Methods
Basic Skills for Students
Before Your Class Begins
During the Course
Virtual Campus Tutorials