Communication. Be clear about when you are available, how you prefer to be contacted, and how quickly you will respond to inquiries:
Class Philosophy: This defines your teaching style, your tone, and further sets expectations for your students that aren't defined in your policies. Since I teach hybrid, I go over this the first day of class. Sample from @ONE:
This class is a community. We all have the same objective: to learn. Online students often feel isolated but it’s important to know you are not in this alone! I need each of you to approach our online class with a great attitude and a willingness to help each other. Many problems and questions can be resolved by asking a fellow student. I am always here to help you but I truly believe your experience will be better if you communicate with your fellow students throughout the semester. Let’s work together to make this semester great for everyone!
I am sure that you are taking this class to improve your English communication skills. You are lucky! This class uses a communicative approach. What is the best way to improve your English? Use it! Practice, practice, practice! Communicate with me and your classmates and help each other.
- If you have a skill to teach or knowledge to share, do not hesitate to assist others. The best way for many people to learn and to develop your own skills is to teach what you know to others.
- If you feel lost and do not know what to do, please do not hesitate to ask a question. You can do this in the “Student Lounge Q&A” discussion board.
Practice good online manners, also called “netiquette.” If you are not sure what this means, you can watch this BrainPop movie (press CC to see the closed captions). Do not write, say, or share anything online that could be offensive to your classmates. Be respectful, courteous, positive, and helpful online, as you are in the classroom.
I will send class announcements through Blackboard to your email address on record. To make sure that you receive class information by email, please log in to SURF, online at http://surf.miracosta.edu to make sure that your contact information (address, phone number, and email address) is correct so that you receive notifications from me. Watch this short video that shows you how.
You can email me at kreyes @ miracosta.edu or call me or text me at (760) 555-5555 anytime you have a question or comment. I usually do not answer my office phone, so leave a message with your first and last name, your question or comment, and how you would like me to respond (by email or phone call). I will reply within 24 hours except on holidays.31 I will reply to you by email.
If you have a question or comment that is not personal that you would like to pose to me and the entire class, post it to the “Student Lounge Q&A” discussion board.
You need to participate in this hybrid class by completing online activities for three hours per week. To not be dropped from this class, complete Activity 1 Week 1 Discussion Board Assignment #1 - Introduce Yourself by Sunday evening at 7 p.m. If you do not do this activity, I will assume that you are no longer interested in taking this class and will drop you. Again, if you have any questions or problems doing this first assignment, please contact me as soon as possible. You also need to attend class regularly. Absences and not doing the online work will negatively affect your progress. I reserve the right to drop you from the class if you have excessive unexcused absences or do not actively participate online.
You need to complete all assignments on time. If you need extra time, I am flexible. You just need to have good communication with me. I will extend due dates if you communicate with me early and have a good reason to request extra time to complete an assignment. Remember that if you need help with an assignment, you can visit the Academic Support Center, located at the CLC across from the reception area, or the Community Learning Lab, room 131.
Note: I had to revise the bold part in the Participation section to receive full credit for this assignment because what the grading rubric requires; however, I doubt I would include this in a hybrid noncredit ESL class. We are way more lenient because we do not assign grades, students don't pay for classes, the classes meet for 12 hours per week. Of course, I may reconsider this in the future!
An effective course navigation is one that: