If this is your first experience taking an online course, spend a few minutes reading through the information below. If you've taken other courses in a "virtual" format before, you may also find some helpful reminders here.
We've tried to answer some basic "how to" questions. In an online environment, it's also good to understand when to do certain things. Perhaps more important is knowing why people behave the way they do online. We've tried to blend all three types of information (how, when, and why) to give you a good introduction to this new way of learning.
If online learning is completely new to you, we're confident that soon you will feel comfortable learning from and interacting with your instructor and fellow students in this setting. Online students not only recognize this format to be a convenient way to learn, but they discover it to be equally thought-provoking, stimulating and challenging as well.
Before you continue on, please take a few minutes to read "Being a Great Online Student". We think you'll find some sage advice that will help you excel in your online courses.
Online vs. Classroom Learning
It's natural to compare online learning to classroom learning. Both learning environments have things in common: you focus on one subject area, you read books and articles, and you discuss your ideas with others. You work on projects and write papers. You have an instructor, a "guide" to the intellectual territory you are exploring. Learning online is usually more convenient - you come to class whenever you want, and you only need travel as far as the nearest computer. What's most often "missing" is face-to-face interaction in real time.
But people who learn together online can - and often do - experience what can rightfully be called "community." They make room for and listen to each person's voice. They learn from one another's experience and recognize that together they can discover and grow.
How Do I Participate in an Online or Web-Enhanced Class?
The learning management system and academic portal used to deliver most School of Leadership and Professional Advancement online and web-enhanced courses.
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The Global Leadership Graduate Concentration (MSGL) courses are the only courses offered via the Moodle learning management system. The Moodle system is administered by the School of Leadership Director of Technology, David McGeehan, 412.396.5128, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact David directly with any MSGL or Moodle questions.
(*Note; your Duquesne MultiPass user name and password will NOT work in the Moodle system. Use the login credentials specific for the MSGL program students. Contact David if you require assistance).
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