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Online Learning Lab Rules
- Online courses require strict time management. You must log in immediately, work from bell to bell, and use your time wisely.
- You will have an assigned computer station that you are responsible for maintaining. If you do not tell the teacher about a problem or damage immediately, you could be held responsible for it or it could keep you from making progress in your course.
- Online learning is a great opportunity. You must respect your classmates and not cause any distractions keeping them from succeeding in their course work or yours. This means that you must work quietly and not move around the room. Use our classroom notification system when you need help.
- All tests and exams must be completed in the online learning lab. In addition, you must inform your mentor teacher when you are taking an exam or test.
- DO NOT CHANGE ANY PASSWORDS for your online class. If you change a password, it will result in losing several days of work. This is for your benefit and I will explain.
- Do not surf the Internet, send IM messages, play games, or read your personal e-mail when you're in class. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT MISUSE OF THE COMPUTER RESULTS IN TWO DETENTIONS ON THE FIRST OFFENSE. MAJOR OFFENSES COULD RESULT IN IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION
- There are times that you will be allowed to listen to music as you work. You may bring your own music on a flash drive or iPod. Streaming of music is not allowed because it takes away bandwidth and can be distracting. You may bring your own earbuds. Noise cancelling headphones will not be allowed. However, music should be at a low volume so others in the classroom cannot hear it.
You will be given one verbal reminder for the violation of any of these rules. Continued violation will result in the incident being logged and reported to the office.
Important MIVHS Online Course Information
You must communicate with your online instructor and classmates through various means. You are required by MIVHS to participate by reading your email, posting on discussion panels, and contributing to bulletin boards online. These communication activities are part of your grade! You must do them. Also, if you have a problem with your MIVHS course, you must tell the teacher and email your instructor. Only telling the teacher is not enough!! When you need help in class, please use the classroom notification system to let the teacher know that you have a question or need assistance. While you are waiting, you must continue working in your course.
Backing Up Your Work
You are responsible for backing up all of your work in a document format and saving it to your H-drive. All of your work must be located in your H-Drive. Even if it is only a journal entry, write it in WORD, save it and then copy and paste it into your course on Blackboard. If you write it in Blackboard only, you risk losing the work when your online connection times out.
Almost all online courses will contain some type of online test. Your tests are to be taken in class and proctored by your mentor. Do not take any tests at home. Please let the teacher know when you are taking a test.
If the tests in your course are given online, you must make sure that you do not allow your Internet connection to get disconnected or “time-out” during the test. If a time-out does occur, your answers are normally lost and you may not be allowed to attempt the test again. You should be aware that time-outs can occur anytime you are connected to the Internet — not just while taking tests. You must let your mentor and instructor know right away about this situation.
Uploading and Downloading Files — File Types
Before you upload any file, you must first know where it’s located on your computer! It’s always good practice to save all of your course work in a designated folder so it’s easy to find later.
Each course is different and the teacher’s assignments vary. You are responsible for submitting the correct file for each of your assignments.
Every file you have on your computer is associated with a particular software program installed on your system. These are called file types. On Windows-based computers, every file name ends with a period and three letters. This ending is called a file name extension. For example, if you have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, every Word document that you create will have a .doc extension. You can save a document with a different extension by selecting the dropdown box.
Here is a list of common file types and the programs that are associated with them:
.pdf — Adobe
.xls — Microsoft Excel
.ppt — Microsoft PowerPoint
.doc — Microsoft Word
.rtf — Rich Text Format document. Any word-processor can read this file type
.jpg — graphic file that browsers can display
.odt — open document text (Open Office and Office Libre)
An Employability Skills Report will be printed on your report card. Your grades will reflect your learning or mastery of a subject and the skills report will reflect your behavior.
Grades are given by your MIVHS instructor and your mentor teacher. We will have in-class conferences one to two times a week.
A weekly progress grade will be entered into PowerSchool. The progress grade will represent your work (points received) divided by scheduled assignments (points possible). It is important to stay on track.
All work is due by the deadline established by MIVHS. There are no extensions!
Hope you have a wonderful online learning experience!
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