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Hybrid & Online Courses

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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:

SPRING 2015: January 21–May 12

Registration is ongoing for noncredit courses. (It is now closed for credit courses.)

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100% Online Courses

Undergraduate Credit Courses:
Fundraising and Development in the Arts* (starts Jan. 21)
Arts and Entertainment Law* (starts Jan. 21)
*Also available on a noncredit basis

Noncredit Professional Certificate Courses:
Fundraising and Development in the Arts (starts Jan. 21)
Arts and Entertainment Law (starts Jan. 21)

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:
Racial Inequalities (starts Jan. 22)
Adult Development (starts Jan. 26)
Psychology of Personality (starts Jan. 27)
Lights, Camera, God: Religion in the Movies (starts Jan. 29 at the RCC extension site)

Noncredit Professional Certificate Courses:
Social Media Marketing:
Social Media Marketing: Strategies and Tactics (starts Jan. 28)
Search Engine Marketing and Optimization (starts Jan. 29)
Social Media Marketing: Using the Tools of the Trade (starts Feb. 26)
Twitter (starts Mar. 11)
Blogging (starts Mar. 26)
Facebook and Google+ (starts April 23)

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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:

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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 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

TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS

WORKING INDEPENDENTLY

WRITING SKILLS

READING SKILLS

STUDY SKILLS

INTERACTIVE SKILLS

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“NETIQUETTE” GUIDELINES—Students must:

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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 “Account Activation” or “Password Reset” (under “Quick Links”) 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.
  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?

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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 Jan. 28, 2015

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