Student Orientation: Taking an Online Course
WHAT THEY ARE
You will complete assignments to demonstrate what you’ve learned, though the specifics will vary widely by course. A few examples of possible assignments are short papers, longer essays, or solving problems, but there are many possibilities depending on the course. When you look at the descriptions of courses being offered for a particular semester, the sample syllabus should give you a better idea of what to expect.
HOW THEY WORK
Follow the instructions for assignments, and submit them by their due dates, which will appear on the schedule. Most instructors will ask you to submit your assignments by using the Sakai “Assignments” tool, but make sure to check the syllabus to see if your instructor prefers that you submit your assignments differently (as an email attachment, for example).
If you’ve been asked to submit an assignment via the Assignments tool, find it listed on the left-hand navigation bar. On the main page you will see a list of assignments, which will look similar to the image below. Next to the name of each assignment, you will see its status (whether or not you have submitted the assignment), the open date (the date you can begin to submit your assignment in Sakai), and the due date.
Click on the name of the assignment that you would like to submit. You’ll be taken to a screen that looks much like the one below where you can submit it. Usually you will submit your assignment as an attachment, so click on the “Browse” button, find your assignment on your computer, and click the “Submit” button.
Some instructors allow you to copy and paste the text of your assignment instead of submitting an attachment. If that’s the case, review the “Paste from Word” section of the Discussion Forum instructions and follow those steps here, too. Then click the “Submit” button.
Assignments for SPC courses appear at the end of each lesson, as shown below. Follow all of the instructions your instructor provides as you are completing your assignment.
When you are ready to submit your assignment, follow the instructions under the “Submitting Your Work” section at the end of the lesson. Click on the “Submit Assignment” button, which will open an email that is pre-addressed to your instructor and to Friday Center Student Services. The email also includes a subject line that indicates the course name and submission number. Add your last name to the end of the subject line, and attach your work to the email.
The “Submit Assignment” button is not compatible with all email programs, so if it does not work for you, follow these instructions instead:
- Open an email and address it to your instructor (look at the Contacts page in Sakai if you do not know the email address) and to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Enter the course name, submission number, and your last name to the subject line.
- Attach your work to the email and send it.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Read any instructions for completing your assignment carefully before you begin. If anything seems unclear, contact your instructor.
- Start on your assignments early. Just like a classroom-based course, instructors can always tell when something wasn’t started until the last minute.