Online Student Information Video

Online Student Information Video


Welcome to Kirkwood Community College online
learning. I’m Emily, an instructional designer and
instructor in the distance learning department. In this video, I’ll share important information
that will help you be a successful online learner. I’ll cover the communication policies and
procedures, Talon – Kirkwood’s online course delivery platform, how to get started with
your course and where to find help when you need it. Success in your online course really depends
on your motivation, time management, reading and writing skills, and ability to effectively
communicate. Your success as an online learner is very
important to us. It’s important that you establish and regularly
check your Kirkwood student email account. Official college information will be delivered
to this email address, as well as your Talon course mail. To learn more about Kirkwood student email
click the Student Email link in the information section below the video. It is imperative that you keep your contact
information updated, including your current phone number. To update your contact information, log into
Eaglenet and click on the “Address Change” link under the User Account section. Approximately one week before your class begins,
you will receive a course information email message for each online course – Remember
this will be sent to your kirkwood student email address. Save this message and read it carefully. It will contain instructor information, course
login instructions, testing procedures, and a login link to your course site. Most online courses will require submissions
of digital documents to assignment dropboxes, participation in discussion forums, and/or
completion of online quizzes and exams. Online courses at Kirkwood are delivered through
the Talon platform powered by Desire2Learn. A few courses might then link to faculty or
publisher provided web pages that may or may not require additional passwords. Publisher provided sites often require a key
code that is purchased with your textbook. If you purchase a used text, you may need
to buy a key code separately. Most online courses do require text materials
that are sold at the Kirkwood bookstore. Please check the Kirkwood bookstore website
at the link provided in the information section below this video. You will need your registration information
to make sure you find the materials for the correct section. Text information is also available on your
course syllabus, but early information can be gained on the Kirkwood Bookstore website
and getting things done early is a good strategy for success. To log into Talon, point your browser to the
Kirkwood website and click on the Talon link at the top. Click on Talon Login” Enter your K number
for your username and your Eaglenet password for the password. Passwords expire automatically every 6 months,
so you will need to choose a new password at that time. Be aware that passwords are case sensitive. Online courses are sometimes not available
until the first day of classes. If you have just registered, or just completed
this orientation quiz requirement, you might need to wait approximately 24 hours for your
registration to be processed. When you successfully log into Talon, you
will find the Welcome to Talon course. This course is a free training resource for
all students. This course offers tips and tricks for using
Talon as well as suggestions for success in online courses. Every online course is unique as each instructor
designs your learning experience. To begin your course, be sure to read the
instructor’s welcome message, which will generally contain information on getting started. Make sure to read through all course policies
in the syllabus and any additional policy pages. The majority of your course content, including
your course syllabus, can be found by clicking on “Content” Pay close attention to any due dates listed
in the syllabus, calendar, or in the course content. Online courses will have due dates for assignments
and exams! It is important to manage your study time
and due dates as an online student. You are responsible for making sure assignments
and tests are done on time. Working early and often on assignments provides
you with a safety net in case technical issues arise. Make sure you ask your instructor for clarification
if any content in the syllabus remains unclear. Then, look for the first assignment and complete
it right away. Instructors cannot mark you as attending the
course until the first assignment is complete. Many online courses require one or more proctored
exams. Any Kirkwood location can facilitate your
monitored tests. You can also make arrangements with a college
testing center or library near you. If you are making such arrangements you will
need to submit the Exam Request Form, available on the Distance Learning website, and include
your proctor’s contact information. If the test center or monitor you select charges
any fees, you are responsible for paying these costs. For more information, please check the Taking
Exams page at the link in the information section below this video. Successful completion of online course-work
requires a minimum GPA of 1.8 across all your online courses. If your gpa is less than 1.8 for the Online
classes you have taken within a 3-year time period, you will have a registration restriction
applied to your student profile. This will prevent you from taking additional
online classes until your Online GPA improves. To improve your GPA, retake a class in a face-to-face
setting and earn a better score. If your GPA drops below a 1.8 you will be
sent an email with more information. When you have specific questions about assignments,
due dates, and other course related materials, your instructors will be the best source for
answers. Your success in online courses will be greatly
enhanced through open communication with your instructors. Do not hesitate to call, email and post to
discussion boards. Talon support is available 24/7. S The Distance Learning office is located
on the Cedar Rapids campus, 2196 Linn Hall. Call, email or instant message us with your
questions. Academic support is available through the
Learning services department. Check their
website for more information. Thank you for your attention to this important
information concerning online classes at Kirkwood. Good luck with your course!

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