Just as we have social, ethical, and legal responsibilities in the world, we have responsibilities as Digital Citizens. As a student in a course with a Distance Education component, you should recognize your role as a Digital Learner.
It is ultimately your decision as the college student to choose to take a class with a Distance Education component. The SmarterMeasure Assessment can help you gauge your readiness to take a course that is taught partially or fully online.
Each term, a video will be posted through Blackboard announcements on how to get started with system basics. If you need a refresher please review the information below.
Please take the time to read the CPTC Handbook including sections "Distance Education- Online Classes" and "Student Code of Behavior" that includes the Code of Conduct/Discipline and Acceptable Computer and Internet Usage procedures. It is important to note that these procedures apply in both Distance Education and traditional settings.
Things that would not be allowed in person are still not appropriate online. Others in your class may be reading what you post along with your instructor. Consider how the reader may interpret or have a responsibility to act on the information that you are sharing in course discussions (such as mandated reporters). We are here to learn. Learners should be aware of how writing can promote the learning environment. Please watch this short video demonstrating basic Discussion Board Netiquette and see the resource that has more information about specific topics for further exploration. Visit Discussion Board Etiquette to learn more.