As with traditional classroom courses, the outline and structure of a course can vary widely. And, as with any other course, each individual instructor has a personal style and way of working with students that is unique. However, here are some basic things to consider before enrolling in a hybrid course, or as you prepare for it to begin:
1. You must have basic computer skills and knowledge of basic computer operations. Before starting this class, you should know how to use email, attach files to an email, download documents, use a word processing program, locate information online with a browser, and use Blackboard features (which can be learned quickly).
2. You must have access to a computer and the Internet twice per week (at a minimum).
3. You must be able to navigate Blackboard. You can attend an orientation on the Columbia campus. Go to the Blackboard Support site for more information.
4. Use your student email account. This is the email address used by default in Blackboard, and will allow you the easiest way to communicate with your instructor.
5. Notify your instructor or Blackboard at email@example.com or 803-777-6015 if you experience any technical difficulty.
6. Purchase books and software (if needed) early. Classes start discussing material the first day of the course. It is very easy to fall behind if you don't have your text or other materials. You may have assignments due at the end of the first week that require texts or other materials.
7. Keep up with work in the class. Students who fall behind are less likely to complete a course successfully. If something happens that is going to cause you to fall behind, contact your instructor immediately.
8. Read and understand the course policies and procedures in the course syllabus. If you have questions about anything, ask your instructor.