• Learner Expectations

    Time Commitment

    Course content and workload for web-enhanced, blended, and online courses are equivalent to that of face-to-face on-campus courses. A benefit to online learning is that the outside hours tend to be more flexible, and you can commonly work according to your availability.

    Learner Responsibilities

    Because of the nature of online learning, your commitment is needed to ensure individual and group success. Responsibilities of students include: 

    • Developing a study plan or schedule that allows for sufficient time to participate in class sessions and complete coursework.
    • Reading the assigned text material so that you can participate in class discussion and bring up any questions you may have.
    • Getting actively involved in face-to-face and online course activities -- including Discussion Boards. (Please plan to participate regularly. You will note in the grading policy that your Discussion Board participation counts towards your final grade.)
    • Completing assignments, quizzes, and other learning activities by the due date to allow your instructor adequate time to review your work and provide feedback.
    • Conforming with the university's Academic Code of Honor. (Academic honesty is expected in all work. Cheating on examinations will lead to strict disciplinary action. In any written work, cite all references for ideas which are not your own or considered common knowledge.)
    • Contacting instructor(s) (a) prior to any anticipated absence from the course and/or delay or interruption in you participation in a course; (b) with course related questions well in advance of due dates as you may need to wait 48 hours for a response to your questions. (Please note that instructors are NOT available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instructors should be contacted using the information provided in the "Faculty Contact" section of each course site.)
    • Treating others in the group respectfully.
    • Maintaining the privacy of other learners – including privacy of comments in electronic conversations.
    • Operating within the guidelines of Hamline University’s Technology Use Policy.
    • Ensuring continuing access to the required equipment, software, and Internet capabilities to participate in courses. (See information above on “Computer Requirements/Skills.”)
    • Adhering to the general rules of online etiquette – "netiquette." 
    • Tolerating potential problems in using technology, and having a back-up plan that includes alternate computer and Internet access.