unit 1 Orienting Yourself to an Online Course


The course orientation is your introduction to the course and the online environment. Normally, a short series of assignments designed to familiarize you with the course and the delivery system are used. As you explore your course, you can introduce yourself to your classmates, email your course instructor, and have a short discussion about your current understanding of the course content. You will be asked to set a goal or goals for your own professional growth in the course.

In this tutorial, you’ll get to quickly move through each unit with a short set of activities that can be done quickly. In an instructor facilitated course that provides content rich professional development, you’ll have more substantial readings of quality content in each unit. Discussion questions will be deeper and more thoughtful postings and participation will be expected from you. An authentic course project which asks you to use the information you are learning will also expected.



After completing this unit, you will be able to:

  • identify your strengths and weaknesses in terms of your readiness for online learning
  • understand the expectations for participation in an online course begin to develop the habits necessary to meet them.
  • increase your proficiency with using an online delivery system, and be able to fully participate in an online course using that delivery system.



Read over the Online Educational Delivery Models from Educause Review to get an idea of the various ways online learning can be developed and delivered. Online courses can use a variety of methods to deliver instruction.

Watch the You Tube video e-Learning Behaviors: How People Learn Online which briefly discusses the differences between online and face to face learning.


Links For your convenience, the web addresses for the links in the readings and Activities Sections are provided below.

text    Online Educational Delivery Models   http://er.educause.edu/articles/2012/11/online-educational-delivery-models--a-descriptive-view

movie or video    2.4 - e-Learning Behaviors How People Learn Online     https://youtu.be/TI5FMtWqmKM

website    Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire    http://www.unc.edu/tlim/ser/



Take the Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire to see if you are ready to take an online course.

Go to the Student Lounge section of the course. Post a brief introduction of yourself to your classmates.

Think about the objectives of the course your reasons for taking the course. Post a goal or a set of goals that you would like to accomplish by taking this course.


discussion     Online Readiness Discussion

Go to the Discussion Forum for this unit.

Consider what you learned from your review of the online learning models and the results of your readiness survey.

Describe any common themes you discovered when reviewing the various online learning models.

What is your evaluation of your own readiness for online learning?

Describe any changes the experience of participating in this unit had or may have on your readiness.

Return to the Forum throughout the unit and respond to at least two of your classmates with thoughtful comments that consider their readiness along with your own. Discuss how you could help each other be more ready, and more successful in the online environment.  Engage in deeper discussions about these concepts and extend the discussion when appropriate. 

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