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Hybrid & Online Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

Advice by students, for students

Online Course Authentication Policy
At Purchase College, students in online courses are required to use a secure log-in to the campus learning management system, using their Purchase College user name and password. Read the full college policy …


What hybrid and online courses are being offered?
The School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education is offering the following hybrid and online courses:

WINTER 2015: January 5–20

Registration begins Nov. 3, 2014.

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100% Online Undergraduate Credit Courses:

Contemporary Art
Lights, Camera, God: Religion in the Movies
American History and Society Through Music
Dark Fairy Tales
Mathematics for Contemporary Life
Understanding Moral Problems
Introduction to Psychology
Sensation and Perception
Behavioral Statistics
Developmental Psychology
World Religions: An Anatomy of the Sacred
Contemporary Popular Culture
Crime and Delinquency
Beginning Spanish I
Creative Writing Workshop
Creative Writing Workshop (Advanced)

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FALL 2014: August 25–December 19

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100% Online Courses

Registration is closed for Fall 2014 online courses. For descriptions, please use the online course search, accessible via my.purchase.edu.

Online noncredit courses delivered by partner organizations:
The following programs offer online noncredit courses delivered by partner organizations. Students register directly through the partner organizations. These courses do not use Moodle, the college’s learning management system:
Health Coach Training Program
Nonprofit Management
Ed2Go Certificate Programs
American Management Association Certificate Programs and Courses

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Hybrid Courses:

Undergraduate Credit Courses:
Registration is closed for Fall 2014 credit-bearing hybrid courses. For descriptions, please use the online course search, accessible via my.purchase.edu.

Noncredit Professional Certificate Courses:
Registration is still open for the following noncredit hybrid courses:
Social Media Marketing:
Social Media Marketing: Using the Tools of the Trade (starts Oct. 9)
Twitter (starts Oct. 15)
Facebook and Google+ (starts Nov. 6)
Search Engine Marketing and Optimization (starts Dec. 4)

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What is the difference between a hybrid and online course?

hybrid courses iconHybrid courses are taught partially on campus (in person) and partially online. Credit courses meet 40 percent on campus and 60 percent online. Hybrid courses in the noncredit Social Media Marketing Certificate Program have varying times allotted to in-class and online learning environments (see course descriptions).

online courses iconOnline courses are offered entirely over the Internet. This format allows the flexibility to work at one’s convenience toward specified deadlines. Most courses use Moodle, the college’s learning management system. The following programs offer online noncredit courses delivered by partner organizations. Students register directly through the partner organizations. These programs do not use Moodle, the college’s learning management system:

Health Coach Training Program Certificate
Nonprofit Management Certificate
Ed2Go Certificate Programs
American Management Association Certificate Programs and Courses

The content and expectations in both hybrid and online courses are the same as traditional on-campus courses. In credit-bearing courses, the amount of work required in both hybrid and online courses is equivalent to 4 credits earned.

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What will be expected of me?
Coursework includes readings, writing, posting on discussion boards, responding to peers’ postings, and working in groups and on other assignments and activities. This requires good time-management skills and the ability to work independently. Interaction with the instructor and other students occurs frequently.

STUDENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO:

  • For fall and spring online or hybrid credit courses:
    Have a minimum of 15 hours per week to dedicate per online course
  • For three-week online credit courses:
    Plan to dedicate approximately 40 hours per week for each course.
  • For seven-week online credit courses:
    Plan to dedicate approximately 20–30 hours per week for each course.
  • Submit assignments by specified deadlines in the format requested
  • Actively participate in discussions
  • Understand that online courses are just as rigorous as face-to-face courses
  • Obey the Purchase College Academic Integrity Policy
  • Keep in frequent contact
  • Manage your time effectively
  • Ask questions if you do not understand
  • Be prepared to work independently
  • Be familiar with your computer
  • Adhere to requirements and deadlines outlined in the course syllabus

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What are the computer requirements?
Online and hybrid courses are offered through Moodle, the college’s learning management system. Students should have reliable access to a computer and the Internet, and should be able to easily view standard media files (i.e., PDFs, images, audio, and video) using up-to-date version of programs. To access courses, students are required to log in with the user name and password for their Purchase email account.

Courses require basic computer skills, including basic Windows, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), saving files, cutting, copying, saving, sending/receiving, and uploading/downloading files.

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VIEW A MOODLE DEMO!
Moodle is a flexible, open-source application, developed by colleges and universities around the world to support student learning. To view a Moodle demo, go to
www.purchase.edu/studenttutorial and review the Moodle tutorial, designed to help you become familiar with how to use Moodle. Click the “Login as a guest” button when prompted for log-in.

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About the Instructors
All hybrid and online credit courses at Purchase College are taught by instructors who have an established relationship with the college and have taught in traditional classroom courses. They have all received extensive training and preparation by the college’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center to teach in the hybrid and online formats.

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Am I a good candidate for online and hybrid courses?
Please review the following skill areas and questions to assess your readiness for online learning.

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Are you comfortable with email, computers, and learning new technology?
  • Do you have access to a computer and the Internet?
  • Are you a good typist?

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS

  • Are you able to meet deadlines?
  • Do you manage your time well, balancing school and personal responsibilities?
  • For credit courses: Do you have 10 to 15 hours per week to devote online school work?

WORKING INDEPENDENTLY

  • Do you work well independently?
  • Do you work well alone?
  • Do you work well independently with limited reminders for assignments and due dates?
  • Are you good at assessing your own progress and taking responsibility for your own learning?

WRITING SKILLS

  • Are you comfortable communicating in writing?
  • Are your written communication skills strong?

READING SKILLS

  • Are you comfortable reading lecture materials rather than hearing them?
  • Do you have good reading skills?
  • Can you learn by reading alone?

STUDY SKILLS

  • Do you have good study skills?

INTERACTIVE SKILLS

  • Are you comfortable discussing issues and asking questions in an open forum?
  • Are you willing to share your educational, professional, and life experiences with your peers?
  • Are you comfortable giving and receiving routine, written, constructive feedback to fellow online peers?
  • Are you a team player who can work collaboratively with others?
  • Are you comfortable asserting yourself in a group and asking questions?

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"NETIQUETTE" GUIDELINES—Students must:

  • Communicate respectfully.
  • Provide constructive and relevant feedback to peers.
  • Be clear, use standard English, and do not abbreviate. Spell-check, revise, and edit before posting. Use appropriate subject headers.
  • Be polite and careful. Do not use all CAPITAL LETTERS or multiple exclamation marks. They are difficult to read, and sometimes it is difficult to understand the tone of the message.
  • Avoid sarcasm and irony, which can be misinterpreted by readers.
  • Be inclusive: send group messages to all members of the class and the instructor.

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What do I need to do to prepare?

  1. To ensure your success in credit courses, we strongly advise that you have at least a 2.0 GPA and enroll for no more than 12 credits during any academic semester.
  2. Your Purchase student email account must be activated and working. To activate your account or reset a password, go to “Email Activation” under “Continuing Education/Visiting Students” at my.purchase.edu.
  3. Go to http://moodle.purchase.edu and log in to Moodle with the user name and password for your Purchase email account: Your user name is firstname.lastname (do not include "@purchase.edu"), and your password is your Purchase email password.
  4. Go to www.purchase.edu/studenttutorial and review the Moodle tutorial, designed to help you become familiar with how to use Moodle.
  5. To view and purchase or rent your required texts, visit the Purchase College Bookstore: www.purchasebookstore.net.
  6. Your instructor will make the course available to the students; notification will be sent to your Purchase email account.


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What if I need technical support or general assistance, or if I have a complaint?

  • For assistance with your Purchase user account (including email) and computer-related troubleshooting, please email or call Campus Technology Services (CTS) at helpdesk@purchase.edu, (914) 251-6465.
     
    CTS office hours are Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–9:45 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.–6:45 p.m. when classes are in session.

  • For assistance specific to Moodle, please email or call the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) at tltc@purchase.edu, (914) 251-6450.

  • For general concerns about online courses, please email or call the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education at conted@purchase.edu, (914) 251-6500 (press 1 to speak with a representative).
     
    The school’s office hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. when evening classes are in session. On all other weekdays, the office hours are 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • In case of complaints, students are referred to the Student Handbook. Out-of-state visiting students may also refer to the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) document for information on filing formal complaints in their home state.

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BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS

Advice on Taking Online Courses

  1. Time management is key. The coursework is intense, so keep current on readings and assignments to avoid a backlog of work. Make sure you are working on the coursework throughout the term—don’t just save it all for the end.
  2. The workload is heavy, but you are told that up front. You must be prepared to commit yourself.
  3. Don’t take many other credit courses. (In winter session, all students are limited to one 4-credit course because of the intensive pace.)
  4. Become familiar with the teacher’s expectations.
  5. Pace yourself, do the assignments, and the course will run smoothly.
  6. Most of all … make use of communication via Moodle or online. You can never ask too many questions.
  7. Be prepared to work in a group setting online.
  8. Keep a calendar to remind yourself about upcoming assignments and when they are due.
  9. Have time set aside each week for each course you take:
    - 10–12 hours per week for each 15-week course
      (fall and spring semesters)
    - 20–30 hours per week for each seven-week course
      (summer sessions)
    - 40 hours per week for each three-week course
      (winter and summer sessions)
  10. You [the college] told us it would be a lot, it’s up to us to listen!

Updated Sept. 15, 2014

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