Sample Start-Up Moodle Book (from online Sociology 1, Spring 2016)

Time Committment

This course is different than regular Laney College classes because it is 100% online.  Some students assume that, because this course is online, we will cover fewer materials or that less work is required, but these assumptions are incorrect.  This online class includes: a) the same content as a face-to-face class, b) the same instructional time as a face-to-face class, and c) the same weekly reading assignments and homework that require time beyond the instructional time.

What this means is that, in order to succeed in this class, you should plan on the following time commitments:

  • About 3 hours each week logged into Moodle for online instruction, forums, tests, short answer responses, and other learning activities
  • About 6 additional hours each week for assigned reading, homework, and writing assignments
  • The actual time this class takes you will depend upon your particular pacing and skills for different activities (e.g. technology use, reading, writing, etc.), but it is designed around the time expectations above

If your current schedule will not allow you to dedicate approximately 9 hours each week to this class, you should probably reconsider whether or not taking this online class, right now, is the right choice.