Online Math Courses
Success in an online course requires a significant time commitment, appropriate prerequisite skills, motivation as well as a certain level of technology skills.
If you anticipate any problems in meeting these expectations or should you require assistance or special accommodations to meet these expectations, please contact your instructor and discuss your options with them. Also, please note that these are general expectations, and your instructor may have more specific expectations outlined in your course syllabus. Please make sure you read through your syllabus carefully to understand the responsibilities for your specific course.
Generally, you can expect to spend 3-5 hours for each credit. This means that for a three-credit course, you may spend 10-15 hours a week working on the course material. You may require more hours based on your prerequisite math skills. You are expected to log in multiple times during the week and work a few hours each day to be able to learn the material effectively and complete your assignments in a timely manner.
Students are expected to have a computer with a printer, scanner and audio/video recording capabilities. If you have a touchscreen computer or tablet with writing capability, you may use it instead of printing and scanning your assignments. Exams for online courses will be proctored and recorded using a webcam. Students are also expected to have a reliable high-speed internet connection. If you do not have the required technology, please contact your instructor as soon as possible and discuss possible alternatives with them. For example, an instructor may allow you to use your phone camera with a scanning app instead of a scanner. The technology you have should be compatible with proctoring software used in your course. For example, Yuja proctoring does not work with Chromebooks. It is your responsibility to test your equipment and make sure it is compatible before you take an exam.
An online student is expected to be comfortable using computers and must have some basic technology skills to successfully complete this course. UND Tech support and/or your instructor may be able to provide specific help if needed. However, it is expected that a student feels comfortable with certain basic skills, such as
- Use of email to communicate with your instructor. You should be able to send and receive email attachments.
- Creating and uploading PDF files. Combining images into a single PDF file.
- Printing and scanning and converting scanned files into a PDF file for submissions. Using software such as GeniusScan or CamScanner to upload high quality scans of your work.
- Basic skills to make sure the audio/video and internet capability of your computer is operational.
- Blackboard skills - Familiarity with the course structure. Downloading and uploading assignment files and checking grades and feedback provided.
- Using instructions provided by the instructor to complete activities using online software such as Desmos or Geogebra.
Code of Conduct
UND Online students are expected to follow the academic honesty policies found in the University of North Dakota Student Code of Life. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, and collusion. The UND Math department upholds the same high level of academic integrity in our online courses, as we do in our on-campus face-to-face courses. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the instructor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course.